Betts Homers In 9th To Complete Cycle

Grichuk drives 3 runs past Red Sox to help Jays avoid sweep

In the second inning, Betts collected the most hard hit of any cycle by knocking a triple, also to left field. Obtained on July 25 in a trade with Tampa Bay, the right-hander threw 15 scoreless innings over two starts for the Red Sox, but in this one he put Boston in an 8-3 hole against the team with the worst record in the majors.

Betts led off the game with a single, before adding a triple in the second inning and a double in the fourth inning all off Jays starter Ryan Borucki.

He's hit his first career walk-off homer, clubbed his 100 career home run, and he's now leading the Majors in batting average. He pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs and three walks.

"I don't know if you can [stop Betts from hitting], especially because he's hot", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Betts. Grichuk hit his two-run dinger in the fifth for his 16th.

You want numbers? We've got lots of them. He wouldn't complete the cycle until the ninth inning, however, when he belted a solo homer off of Ken Giles. The Blue Jays tied it later in the inning. Grichuk then hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run inning and gave the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead.

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Betts, who went 4-for-4 with a walk, is now hitting.347 on the season.

"It's tough, him and J.D. Martinez are the best in the game right now", said Smoak of Betts. He's surrendered 21 career home runs against Minnesota.

Toronto defeats Boston 8-5, snaps 3-game losing streak.

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. Pannone served an 80-game performance enhancing drug suspension earlier this season. He is the first player in Orioles history to have three hits in his first major league game. It goes without saying that the Red Sox won.

Red Sox: David Price (11-6, 3.93 ERA) will work the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday. LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27) starts for the Rays.

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