Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Sox fall despite Betts hitting 1st cycle of season

ROLLING FOR A SEVEN Rick Porcello delivers a pitch last night in Toronto as the Red Sox looked to finish a sweep of the Blue Jays below Andrew Benintendi gets congratulations in the dugout after scoring a run in the first inning Grichuk drives 3 runs past Red Sox to help Jays avoid sweep
Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 07:34

The Blue Jays got a two-run homer and three RBIs from Randal Grichuk, a solo shot from Teoscar Hernandez and five innings from Ryan Borucki to salvage the series finale.

Betts singled to lead off the game, tripled in the second inning, and doubled in the fourth.

The Boston Red Sox announced what their players will be sporting in two weeks, and while some are easy to figure out ("Mookie", "Brockstar" and "JBJ", for example), there are players who may cause you to question what their nickname means.

Mookie Betts hit a big home run to give him the first cycle of 2018. J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run, his 35 of the season.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed seven runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five in four-plus innings. And Betts has an excellent case for the AL MVP, with those chances getting a sizable boost on Thursday night. Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks also went deep, helping NY win its fourth straight since a five-game skid that included a four-game sweep at AL East-leading Boston.

Betts is joined in the Red Sox lineup by fellow African-American Jackie Bradley Jr., a former star at the University of SC, who is arguably the most spectacular center fielder in baseball, as his catches regularly make the evening's highlights.

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"That's a long time for a team to be around, and for me to be the first one, it's just a privilege", Mullins said. He is the first player in the 65-year history of the Orioles to have three hits in his first major league game. The rookie left-hander battled though to even his record at 2-2.

Boston's Brock Holt is caught stealing second as Toronto's Aledmys Diaz stretches to make the tag in the fifth inning.

In Denver, Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning and Los Angeles exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen to beat the Rockies. Continuing to pepper left field, Betts dropped a double in his fourth-inning at-bat.

Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander.

Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent. He opened the game with a single in the first inning.

James Paxton (10-5) improved to 4-0 in four starts against the Astros this season.