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Last-place Orioles face first-place Red Sox

Last-place Orioles face first-place Red Sox

Betts went 4-for-4 Thursday, hitting for the cycle with two runs scored, one RBI and a walk in the 8-5 loss to Toronto.

Mookie Betts has done just about everything for the Red Sox this season.

Betts is the first member of the Red Sox to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt on June 16, 2015 against the Braves. 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 average to.347 with 59 RBI and a 1.102 OPS.

His ninth-inning home run capped a career night.

Randal Grichuk drove in three runs including a two-run homer for the Blue Jays (52-62).

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 35th home run, a solo drive in the fifth. Gonzalez (7-8) gave up one run on six hits and ended a six-game losing streak as the teams split a four-game series.

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




Porcello's two worst starts of the season have come against Toronto. It's the 320th cycle in baseball history.

The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the sixth against Hector Velazquez when Granderson doubled and Travis singled.

The Yankees won their game against Texas, 7-3, and close the Sox lead to eight games in the AL East. He's surrendered 21 career home runs against Minnesota.

RAYS 5, ORIOLES 4 Jake Bauers drove in two of his three runs with a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore. Manager Dave Martinez scratched the All-Star in favor of Taylor due to Harper experiencing lower right leg discomfort as a result of being hit by a pitch Wednesday.

Mitch Haniger, Denard Span, and Jean Segura - the top third of the Seattle batting order - combined to finish 10-for-13 with six runs and seven RBIs in a win at Houston.

Eduardo Nunez helped the Red Sox open the scoring in the first inning.

And it felt pretty satisfying considering that Pannone is just recently back after serving an 80-game suspension levied by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug.

Taylor hit a homer in the fourth to stake Washington to a 3-1 lead. Hernandez and Grichuk have homered in consecutive games.


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