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BSJ Game Report: Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 5 – Betts cycle can’t make up for poor start from Porcello

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TORONTO -- All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.

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Mookie's cycle the lone high point of loss: In the innings of Thursday's loss, there was one compelling reason to keep watching the Red Sox: the chance for Mookie Betts, who had already singled, tripled and doubled, to homer and become the first Red Sox player in three years -- teammate Brock Holt was the last -- to hit for the cycle. Sure enough, with one out in the ninth and the Sox trailing by four, Betts powered a fastball out to left, making him the 21st player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He's also only the second to do it in the last 22 seasons, and the first to do it in a losing effort since Carl Yastrzemski in 1965. It also gave him his fifth four-hit game of the season.