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He'd singled, tripled and doubled - in that order - ahead of the solo homer, notching the first cycle in Major League Baseball this year. He wouldn't complete the cycle until the ninth inning, however, when he belted a solo homer off of Ken Giles.

Betts is the first member of the Red Sox to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt on June 16, 2015 against the Braves.

The AL MVP candidate was 4 for 4 to raise his major league-best average to.347 with 59 RBIs and a 1.102 OPS.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, a native of the Caribbean island of Aruba, is another standout Black player for the American League front runners, which at 80-34 held the best record in baseball by seven games in the win column as of last night (Wednesday).

He walked three, gave up six hits, struck out five, and allowed two home runs, one to Randal Grichuk and the other to Teoscar Hernandez.

J.D. Martinez hit his major-league leading 35th home run of the season.

Betts has come up just short of the cycle eight times in his career, including twice needing a home run. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA in 4 starts against Toronto this season. He pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs and three walks.

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Holt started the sixth with a home run to make it 8-6. 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. He's surrendered 21 career home runs against Minnesota.

Renfroe's drive off Joakim Soria into the left-field seats was his 12th home run of the season.

Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to highlight a six-run inning and lead visiting San Diego to a victory at Milwaukee in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Boston battled back in the fifth to tie the game.

Then the hot-hitting Justin Smoak stepped into the batter's box and extended his hit streak to 13 games when he singled to right field to cut the Boston lead in half.

A ninth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2013 who arrived in Toronto in a July 31 trade deadline deal a year ago, it marked his first trip into a major-league setting.

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.