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.
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).
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.
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.