Mookie monster! Betts homers in 9th to complete cycle

Paola Ditto
Agosto 11, 2018

In an MVP-caliber season, Betts collected the cycle-clinching home run in the ninth inning of a 8-5 loss off of Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles.

Toronto went ahead 4-2 with runs in the second and third frames, but the Red Sox tied things up in the fourth on a home run by Martinez - the first Borucki has surrendered in the big leagues over 47 1/3 innings - and back-to-back two-out singles from Nunez and Brock Holt.

Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk smashed home runs off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to help the Jays snap a three-game losing streak and five game losing streak at home. "There aren't a lot of outs in that lineup and they are hot right now".

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- Andrew Benintendi only recorded one hit, but he made it count - it was a three-run homer in the seventh. "I've got to figure something out against these guys to overcome that".

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 35th home run, a solo drive in the fifth.

A ninth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2013 who arrived in Toronto in a July 31 trade deadline deal past year, it marked his first trip into a major-league setting. Though the Red Sox have had a proclivity for shining late in games all season, they couldn't rally in this one. Grichuk then hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run inning and gave the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The first three hits were off Borucki, who got the win despite giving up four runs on nine hits over five innings.

The Rays and Blue Jays are each 9-10 since the All-Star break.

The 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award victor was uncharacteristically off, issuing two walks to the first two batters he faced.

A fan in the left field seats caught two home runs balls, snagging Martinez's drive in the fifth and Grichuk's in the sixth.

"I've had some opportunities before and to finally succeed is a good feeling", said Betts, who has reached base in 25 of his past 42 plate appearances against Toronto. Their 49 one-run games top the majors. He is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 12 starts on the road.

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