Mookie monster! Betts homers in 9th to complete cycle

TORONTO (AP) Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed.

Boston's AL MVP contender finally knocked that milestone off his list with his final swing Thursday night.

Betts homered in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle during the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-5 win over the Red Sox.

Betts is the 21st Red Sox player to hit for the cycle and the first in the major leagues this season. He singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the second and doubled in the fourth against starter Ryan Borucki. After walking in the sixth, Betts hit a one-out drive off Ken Giles in the ninth for his 27th homer of the season.

Betts has come up one leg short of the cycle eight times in his career, including twice needing a home run.

''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.

The 25-year-old Betts is the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt in 2015. Betts, Holt and Leon Culberson in 1943 are the only Red Sox to cycle from the leadoff spot.

The AL MVP candidate was 4 for 4 to raise his major league-best average to .347 with 59 RBIs and a 1.102 OPS. He celebrated his no-doubt homer by lifting a fist and smiling at Boston's dugout.

''You expect greatness with him every night,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''That was cool to see.''

Boston (81-35) lost for the first time in seven games but still has the best record in baseball.

Randal Grichuk hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning and Teoscar Hernandez added a solo shot to help Toronto avoid a three-game sweep.

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

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed seven runs and six hits in four innings. Porcello lost for the first time since a July 13 home defeat to the Blue Jays, a game in which he allowed a season-worst eight earned runs.

''We've got to take a look at that,'' Cora said. ''That's the second one in a row against them. Breaking balls, fastballs, changeups, they were on him. Location wasn't great, we saw it from the get go, but still. They put some good at-bats against him and that's the second game in a row they've done that.''

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA in four starts against Toronto this season.

''I don't know what it is about their lineup,'' Porcello said. ''They do a nice job against me. They make me get into the strike zone, they draw some walks, and then they do damage. I've got to figure something out against these guys to overcome that.''

Borucki (2-2) allowed four runs and a career-worst nine hits in five innings but won his second straight start.

''He really battled,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''There aren't a lot of outs in that lineup and they are hot right now.''

Borucki pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Mariners for his first major league win in his previous outing.

TWO FOR TWO

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.

HOME RUN DERBY

Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent. He's surrendered 21 career home runs against Minnesota.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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. ... Boston moved struggling left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen and will keep LHP Brian Johnson as a starter after Sale's return.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (right index finger) allowed four runs and five hits in three innings in a rehab start for Toronto's rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Sanchez walked two and struck out four. ... Toronto promoted LHP Thomas Pannone from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RHP Mike Hauschild to Triple-A. Pannone served an 80-game performance enhancing drug suspension earlier this season.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.38) starts the opener of a weekend series at Baltimore. Eovaldi has not allowed an earned run in either of his first two starts for Boston. RHP Dylan Bundy (7-10, 4.38) starts for the Orioles.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 4.65) starts the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay. Estrada allowed one run in seven innings against Seattle in his previous outing, snapping a four-start winless streak. LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27) starts for the Rays.

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123456789RHE
BOS81-35
2000200015101
TOR52-62
21103100X8120
  • W: R. Borucki (2-2)L: R. Porcello (14-5)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (35), M. Betts (27), TOR - R. Grichuk (16), T. Hernandez (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42411100.347.434.6681.10314.0
A. Benintendi LF51100013.304.386.508.8941.5
S. Pearce 1B30000102.303.383.570.9531.0
a- M. Moreland PH10000010.262.334.482.816-0.5
J. Martinez DH41111013.331.397.6571.0555.5
X. Bogaerts SS20000200.273.348.504.8522.0
E. Nunez 3B41320000.264.291.371.6618.0
B. Holt 2B40110014.253.335.341.6750.5
S. Leon C40000000.215.270.328.5980.0
J. Bradley CF40000010.206.294.357.650-0.5
  • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson DH42100124.235.334.419.7544.0
D. Travis 2B32210102.250.302.404.7066.0
J. Smoak 1B41320012.265.370.488.8586.5
R. Grichuk RF41131002.234.295.475.7708.0
Y. Solarte 3B40100001.234.288.398.6860.0
T. Hernandez LF41111022.246.301.497.7985.0
R. Martin C31000131.197.340.344.6840.5
A. Diaz SS40200000.264.297.465.7614.0
K. Pillar CF40110011.248.277.409.6863.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (30)
    • 3B - M. Betts (5)
    • HR - M. Betts (27), J. Martinez (35)
    • RBI - M. Betts (59), J. Martinez (99), E. Nunez 2 (33), B. Holt (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez 2 (14), B. Holt (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 3 (3), B. Holt 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Granderson (18), J. Smoak (31)
    • HR - R. Grichuk (16), T. Hernandez (18)
    • RBI - D. Travis (34), J. Smoak 2 (59), R. Grichuk 3 (42), T. Hernandez (45), K. Pillar (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Travis (11), T. Hernandez (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson 2 (2), J. Smoak 2 (2), T. Hernandez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez (6)
    • CS - B. Holt (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Diaz (3), K. Pillar (13)
    • CS - Y. Solarte (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (9)
    • DP - 2 (Leon-Holt; Bogaerts-Holt-Pearce)
    • E - E. Nunez (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (L, 14-5)4.06773524.171.19-6.5
    B. Workman1.01000102.781.062.5
    H. Velazquez2.03110002.641.412.0
    T. Thornburg1.02000305.401.372.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (L, 14-5)4.0
    B. Workman1.0
    H. Velazquez2.0
    T. Thornburg1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Borucki (W, 2-2)5.09443212.811.387.0
    J. Garcia (H, 2)1.00001006.241.602.0
    T. Clippard1.00000103.861.163.5
    R. Tepera1.00000004.071.253.0
    K. Giles1.01110216.291.402.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Borucki (W, 2-2)5.0
    J. Garcia (H, 2)1.0
    T. Clippard1.0
    R. Tepera1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 79-54, B. Workman 10-7, H. Velazquez 25-16, T. Thornburg 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 5-3, H. Velazquez 2-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 22, B. Workman 3, H. Velazquez 7, T. Thornburg 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 105-62, J. Garcia 16-10, T. Clippard 14-7, R. Tepera 7-6, K. Giles 18-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 6-5, J. Garcia 2-1, T. Clippard 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 25, J. Garcia 4, T. Clippard 3, R. Tepera 3, K. Giles 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS81-35
    2000200015101
    TOR52-62
    21103100X8120
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42411100.347.434.6681.10314.0
    A. Benintendi LF51100013.304.386.508.8941.5
    S. Pearce 1B30000102.303.383.570.9531.0
    a- M. Moreland PH10000010.262.334.482.816-0.5
    J. Martinez DH41111013.331.397.6571.0555.5
    X. Bogaerts SS20000200.273.348.504.8522.0
    E. Nunez 3B41320000.264.291.371.6618.0
    B. Holt 2B40110014.253.335.341.6750.5
    S. Leon C40000000.215.270.328.5980.0
    J. Bradley CF40000010.206.294.357.650-0.5
    Total35510524512-----
    • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson DH42100124.235.334.419.7544.0
    D. Travis 2B32210102.250.302.404.7066.0
    J. Smoak 1B41320012.265.370.488.8586.5
    R. Grichuk RF41131002.234.295.475.7708.0
    Y. Solarte 3B40100001.234.288.398.6860.0
    T. Hernandez LF41111022.246.301.497.7985.0
    R. Martin C31000131.197.340.344.6840.5
    A. Diaz SS40200000.264.297.465.7614.0
    K. Pillar CF40110011.248.277.409.6863.5
    Total34812823915-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (30)
      • 3B - M. Betts (5)
      • HR - M. Betts (27), J. Martinez (35)
      • RBI - M. Betts (59), J. Martinez (99), E. Nunez 2 (33), B. Holt (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez 2 (14), B. Holt (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 3 (3), B. Holt 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Granderson (18), J. Smoak (31)
      • HR - R. Grichuk (16), T. Hernandez (18)
      • RBI - D. Travis (34), J. Smoak 2 (59), R. Grichuk 3 (42), T. Hernandez (45), K. Pillar (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Travis (11), T. Hernandez (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson 2 (2), J. Smoak 2 (2), T. Hernandez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez (6)
      • CS - B. Holt (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Diaz (3), K. Pillar (13)
      • CS - Y. Solarte (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (9)
      • DP - 2 (Leon-Holt; Bogaerts-Holt-Pearce)
      • E - E. Nunez (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 14-5)4.06773524.171.19-6.5
      B. Workman1.01000102.781.062.5
      H. Velazquez2.03110002.641.412.0
      T. Thornburg1.02000305.401.372.5
      Total8.01288392---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 14-5)4.0
      B. Workman1.0
      H. Velazquez2.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Borucki (W, 2-2)5.09443212.811.387.0
      J. Garcia (H, 2)1.00001006.241.602.0
      T. Clippard1.00000103.861.163.5
      R. Tepera1.00000004.071.253.0
      K. Giles1.01110216.291.402.0
      Total9.01055452---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Borucki (W, 2-2)5.0
      J. Garcia (H, 2)1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 79-54, B. Workman 10-7, H. Velazquez 25-16, T. Thornburg 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 5-3, H. Velazquez 2-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 22, B. Workman 3, H. Velazquez 7, T. Thornburg 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 105-62, J. Garcia 16-10, T. Clippard 14-7, R. Tepera 7-6, K. Giles 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 6-5, J. Garcia 2-1, T. Clippard 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 25, J. Garcia 4, T. Clippard 3, R. Tepera 3, K. Giles 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Betts homered to left center58
      • 6TH INNING
        Travis singled to left center, Granderson scored, Travis out at second48
      • 5TH INNING
        Grichuk homered to left center, Smoak scored47
        Smoak doubled to left center, Travis scored45
        Holt singled to center, Nunez scored44
        Martinez homered to left center34
      • 3RD INNING
        Hernandez homered to right center24
      • 2ND INNING
        Pillar safe at first on 3rd baseman Nunez fielding error, Martin scored, Diaz to second23
      • 1ST INNING
        Grichuk reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Travis scored, Smoak out at second22
        Smoak singled to right, Granderson scored, Travis to third21
        Nunez singled to right, Betts and Benintendi scored, Bogaerts to third20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Tepera
        • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts homered to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Tyler Clippard
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez fouled out to catcher
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt flied out to shallow left
        • S. Leon: Leon flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Hector Velazquez
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to left center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar singled to right, Diaz to second
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz stole third, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Jaime Garcia
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to right center
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jaime Garcia relieved Ryan Borucki
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon flied out to deep left
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Brandon Workman
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Pillar lined out to right
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson doubled to deep right
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Travis singled to left center, Granderson scored, Travis out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pearce grounded out to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez singled to center
        • B. Holt: Ball, Nunez stole second, Holt singled to center, Nunez scored
        • S. Leon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Holt picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis singled to center
        • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to left center, Travis scored
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk homered to left center, Smoak scored
        • Brandon Workman relieved Rick Porcello
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte singled to right center
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to deep center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts doubled to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz flied out to deep center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pearce walked
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pearce out at second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to right, Bogaerts to second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk fouled out to third
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez homered to right center
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Leon flied out to left
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts tripled to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz singled to center, Martin to third
        • K. Pillar: Pillar safe at first on 3rd baseman Nunez fielding error, Martin scored, Diaz to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson flied out to deep center, Diaz to third
        • D. Travis: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Pillar stole second, Foul, Travis reached on fielder's choice to third, Diaz out at home, Pillar to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts to second
        • S. Pearce: Pearce fouled out to first
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right, Betts to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Benintendi to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to right, Betts and Benintendi scored, Bogaerts to third
        • B. Holt: Holt grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson walked
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis walked, Granderson to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smoak singled to right, Granderson scored, Travis to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grichuk reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Travis scored, Smoak out at second
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded out to shortstop, Grichuk to second
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)