Mookie Betts adds cycle to already stellar 2018 season

ROLLING FOR A SEVEN Rick Porcello delivers a pitch last night in Toronto as the Red Sox looked to finish a sweep of the Blue Jays below Andrew Benintendi gets congratulations in the dugout after scoring a run in the first inning

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays, his 17th, and Randal Grichuk added a three-run blast, his 15th. Paxton wound up surrendering four runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the Red Sox (81-34), who lost for the first time in August.

Despite the loss, Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the first time in his career.

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

Toronto (52-62) tied the game in the bottom of the frame though, taking advantage of a pair of walks by Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (14-5).

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

Betts, 25, is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season.

In New York, Giancarlo Stanton hit the hardest homer ever measured by MLB's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and the Yankees trounced Texas. Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks also went deep, helping NY win its fourth straight since a five-game skid that included a four-game sweep at AL East-leading Boston.

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"That's a long time for a team to be around, and for me to be the first one, it's just a privilege", Mullins said.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki will remember everything about his first major-league victory at home except for the pitching line.

But Toronto evened the game at 2-2 in the home half of the first on a Justin Smoak single and a RBI groundout from Grichuk. The last leadoff hitter to do so was Brock Holt, in 2015. Continuing to pepper left field, Betts dropped a double in his fourth-inning at-bat. He gave up eight runs in two-plus innings of work to the Jays on July 13.

Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander. Renfroe became the first Padres player to hit home runs and have multiple RBI games in four consecutive games.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (mild left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session before the game and remains on track to come off the disabled list and start Sunday against Baltimore.

James Paxton (10-5) improved to 4-0 in four starts against the Astros this season.

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