The MVP candidate is the 21st player in Red Sox history to hit for the cycle, as he singled in the first, tripled in the second, and doubled in the fourth. His home run came off of Ken Giles in the ninth and was his 27th long ball of the season. He was all smiles in the dugout, despite the loss, as he had come one hit shy of the cycle eight different times in his career. He has continued his success against the Blue Jays, reaching base in 25 of his last 42 plate appearances against them.
The loss for the Red Sox snapped a six-game winning streak, as they hold baseball's best record at 81-35. Betts finished the night 4-for-4 to raise his average to .347, becoming the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt did it in 2015.
For the Blue Jays, Randal Grichuk hit the tiebreaking home run in the fifth inning, while Teoscar Hernandez added a homer in the win. Rick Porcello struggled in his fifth loss for the Red Sox, allowing seven runs on six hits over four innings. It was his first loss since July 13th, which was also against Toronto, as the Blue Jays avoided the sweep with the victory.
Boston continues their road trip against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend, while the Blue Jays do battle with the Tampa Bay Rays.