Betts homers to complete the cycle

Mookie Betts hit a big home run to give him the first cycle of 2018. More

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts hit for the cycle on Thursday night against the Blue Jays. He made his second appearance this season against the best team in baseball and his teammates provided run support.

Toronto then surged in front 3-2 in the second after Boston third baseman Eduardo Nunez flubbed an easy grounder off the bat of Kevin Pillar for an error that allowed Russell Martin to scamper home from third.

Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk smashed home runs off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to help the Jays snap a three-game losing streak and five game losing streak at home.

Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the Red Sox (81-34), who lost for the first time in August.

Boston's leadoff man and right fielder went 3-for-3 in his first three at-bats against Jays starter Ryan Borucki: a single to left in the first, a triple to centre field in the second and a double to left in the fourth. "He'll take is walks, too. All you can hope is they get themselves I guess".

Hernandez's home run in the third increased the Toronto lead to 4-2 before the Red Sox struck for two in the top of the fifth where slugger J.D. Martinez smoked his major league leading 35th home run. He also recorded two strikeouts. The Blue Jays tied it later in the inning. Smoak would finish the game with three hits and two RBIs.

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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.

Toronto added to their lead in the sixth. Devon Travis would hit an RBI single to give the Blue Jays a four-run cushion.

Betts sent a solo shot to left field off Blue Jays pitcher Ken Giles in the ninth, hitting MLB's first cycle of the 2018 season.

"It's a good day but a tough loss", Betts said. "It sucks that I did it in a loss but turn the page and get ready for tomorrow".

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