Betts homers to complete the cycle

Annette Crawford
August 11, 2018

Mookie Betts homered in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle during the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. "I definitely feel good about this one because I helped keep us in the game and helped us get a victory". Hernandez's home run in the third tied him with Smoak for a team-leading 18 homers.

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He then tripled to deep center in the second and doubled to deep left in the fourth, needing just a home run to make history.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 4.65) starts the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay. "He'll take is walks, too".

"There's not many outs in that lineup and they're hot right now but he's got that knack and I think there's something special about that kid", Gibbons said. Betts' Red Sox also own the best record in baseball at 81-35. Betts and Andrew Benintendi later scored off Eduardo Nunez's single, putting the Red Sox ahead 2-0. 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. Smoak would finish the game with three hits and two RBIs.

Smoak's hit extended his hitting streak to a season team-high 13 games.

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.

Betts is the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt in 2015.

Before Thursday's game, the Blue Jays welcomed 24-year-old pitching prospect Thomas Pannone to the 25-man roster, up from Triple-A Buffalo. Hernandez hit a solo home run to right field to give Toronto a 4-2 lead.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed seven runs and six hits in four innings.

Ryan Borucki (2-2) picked up his first career win at home.

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