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

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

Though Boston ultimately lost 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, the Red Sox outfielder added to his impressive season when he hit for the cycle at Rogers Centre - completing the feat in his final at-bat of the game.

The rightfielder becomes the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle in a loss since Carl Yastrzemski in 1965, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Betts hit a single in the first inning, a triple in the second, a double in the fourth and a home run in the ninth.

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

It was also Betts' fifth four-hit game this season and upped his MLB-leading average to.347. He celebrated his no-doubt homer by lifting a fist and smiling at Boston's dugout. They sit in first place in the AL East with an 81-35 record.

The late longball couldn't offset multi-RBI nights for Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak, who extended his hit streak to 13 games by going 3-for-4.

He made his major league debut on June 26th against the Houston Astros and distinguished himself despite a 7-0 setback to the defending World Series champs, surrendering just two of the runs off six hits over six innings of work. The Blue Jays tied it later in the inning. The first three hits were off Borucki, who got the win despite giving up four runs on nine hits over five innings. Borucki pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Mariners for his first major league win in his previous outing.

Gibbons said the pitcher had to feel great after battling all night to keep the Red Sox offence at bay.

The 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award victor was uncharacteristically off, issuing two walks to the first two batters he faced. The Blue Jays defeated them 8-5 at Rogers Centre. LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27) starts for the Rays. Estrada allowed one run in seven innings against Seattle in his previous outing, snapping a four-start winless streak.

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