Mookie Betts: Hits for cycle

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

Boston, which owns the best record in the major leagues at 81-34, has won 12 of 15 meetings with Toronto this season.

"He's pretty good", Toronto starter Ryan Borucki said with a laugh, when asked about Betts, who hit a single in the first, a triple in the second, a double in the fourth to go along with his homer.

Smoak's hit extended his hitting streak to a season team-high 13 games.

Betts has come up one leg short of the cycle eight times in his career, including twice needing a home run.

"I had plenty of guys letting me know what I needed", Betts said. The Sox lost the game, but few cared after Betts socked a Ken Giles hanger over the left field wall to complete the feat. "There aren't a lot of outs in that lineup and they are hot right now".

Toronto (52-62) tied the game in the bottom of the frame though, taking advantage of a pair of walks by Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (14-5). J.D. Martinez drove in two runs and tops the majors with 101 RBIs.

Toronto's second run came across after Grichuk hit into a fielder's choice.

Stanton's 28th homer was measured at 196 kph, the fastest long ball tracked by Statcast since the system was introduced in 2015. He walked three batters and recorded five strikeouts.

YANKEES 7, RANGERS 3 Giancarlo Stanton hit the hardest home run ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and NY beat Texas.

But Toronto evened the game at 2-2 in the home half of the first on a Justin Smoak single and a RBI groundout from Grichuk. A sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland was followed by three straight walks - the last two with the bases loaded - before Holt smacked a two-run single to centre.

In San Francisco, Ivan Nova allowed two runs in six innings, David Freese hit his 100th career home run and Pittsburgh doubled up the Giants.

Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered in a three-run ninth inning that snapped a 5-5 tie, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver. The trio totaled seven extra-base hits, with Span and Segura each recording their ninth homers. Though the Red Sox have had a proclivity for shining late in games all season, they couldn't rally in this one. He opened the game with a single in the first inning. Renfroe became the first Padres player to hit home runs and have multiple RBI games in four consecutive games.

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