Betts' heroics not enough to lift the Red Sox over Jays

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

Mookie Betts hits for the cycle, crushes HR in ninth (Video) |

The Red Sox loss snapped a six-game win streak on Thursday night.

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

Grichuk would account for three of the Toronto runs while Teoscar Hernandez also chipped in with a homer, his 18th on the year.

Travis would tally a RBI single in the sixth inning to make the score 8-4.

Betts singled to begin the game and tripled in the second.

Grichuk followed with an RBI fielder's choice to tie it 2-2.

Hernandez's home run in the third increased the Toronto lead to 4-2 before the Red Sox struck for two in the top of the fifth where slugger J.D. Martinez smoked his major league leading 35th home run. "We get some guys on and we've got guys who can do some damage". The Dodgers moved into a tie with the idle Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West. He made his second appearance this season against the best team in baseball and his teammates provided run support. The rightfielder inched closer to completing the cycle with a double in the fourth inning. He has pitched well several times but has allowed 27 homers in 121 1/3 innings this year. The rookie left-hander battled though to even his record at 2-2.

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Stanton's 28th homer traveled an estimated 449 feet and was clocked at 121.7 miles per hour according to Statcast.

Michael A. Taylor took advantage of a surprise opportunity, and Gio Gonzalez threw seven strong innings as host Washington defeated Atlanta. He allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Rick Porcello (14-5) lasted just four innings while giving up seven earned runs and six hits.

Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander.

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