Sox fall despite Betts hitting 1st cycle of season

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The Red Sox rightfielder hit for the cycle on Thursday night, capping off the feat with a home run in the top of the ninth inning.

So, it sure seems that Betts has been the best player in baseball this season, and now he has his "Heisman Moment" with the cycle to really get the attention of MVP voters. Through Thursday, Betts is now hitting.347/.434/.668 with 27 homers, 59 RBI, a ridiculous 95 runs scored and 22 stolen bases on the year.

He led off the game with a single off Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki, then added a triple in the second when center fielder Kevin Pillar attempted a leaping catch at the wall, but was unable to come up with it.

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.

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"I don't know if you can [stop Betts from hitting], especially because he's hot", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Betts.

Borucki (2-2) gave up four runs off nine hits over five innings, doing enough to keep his team and earn his second big-league win.

J.D. Martinez hit his major-league leading 35th home run of the season.

Stanton's 28th homer traveled an estimated 449 feet and was clocked at 121.7 miles per hour according to Statcast.

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro (2-7) walked three of the five batters he faced.

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Rick Porcello (14-5) lasted just four innings while giving up seven earned runs and six hits.

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Stanton homered for the third straight game when he hammered a 1-1 fastball from rookie Ariel Jurado (2-2) into the lower rows of the left field bleachers. He gave up eight runs in two-plus innings of work to the Jays on July 13.

Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jake Bauers drove in two of his three runs with a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay beat the Orioles.

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Boston chased Blue Jays starter Mike Hauschild (1-1) with a four-run third inning.

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