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Mookie Betts Hit For The Cycle In Red Sox Loss

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    Mookie Betts completes cycle with home run in ninth at Toronto

    TORONTO -- Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed.

    Boston's AL MVP contender finally knocked that milestone off his list with his final swing Thursday night.

    Betts homered in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle during the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Betts is the 21st Red Sox player to hit for the cycle and the first in the major leagues this season. He singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the second and doubled in the fourth against starter Ryan Borucki. After walking in the sixth, Betts hit a one-out drive off Ken Giles in the ninth for his 27th homer of the season.

    Betts has come up one leg short of the cycle eight times in his career, including twice needing a home run.

    The 25-year-old Betts is the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt in 2015. Betts, Holt and Leon Culberson in 1943 are the only Red Sox to cycle from the leadoff spot.