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

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

He then tripled to deep center in the second and doubled to deep left in the fourth, needing just a home run to make history.

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi gave up eight runs, four earned, and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox jumped in front in the first on a two-run single by Eduardo Nunez.

Boston's Mookie Betts runs the bases after hitting a home run to complete hitting for the cycle during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 35th home run, a solo drive in the fifth.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed 7 runs and 6 hits in 4 innings. The five-time All-Star, 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor and two-time AL earned run average leader has a career record of 138-74.

After hitting for the cycle one night earlier, Mookie Betts went 3 for 4 with two walks and three RBIs. Grichuk hit his two-run dinger in the fifth for his 16th.

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The Yankees won their game against Texas, 7-3, and close the Sox lead to eight games in the AL East. It was the first cycle of the major league season and the first of Betts' career.

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.

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.

Michael Brantley singled in Greg Allen with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Cleveland its second consecutive walk-off victory over visiting Minnesota.

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. The trio totaled seven extra-base hits, with Span and Segura each recording their ninth homers.

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. He is 0-2 despite a 2.29 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year.

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

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