Mookie Betts hit for the Cycle for the first time in his career and the 320th time in Major League history on Thursday. Betts is the first member of the Boston Red Sox to hit for the Cycle since teammate Brock Holt accomplished the feat on June 16, 2015, against the Atlanta Braves.
American League Most Valuable Player candidate Mookie Betts singled to lead off the game, tripled in the second inning, and doubled in the fourth. Betts wouldn’t complete the Cycle until the ninth inning when he belted a solo homer off of the recently traded Ken Giles.
Despite Mookie’s best effort, the Boston Red Sox fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5.
Mookie Betts is currently favorite to win the AL MVP award, hitting .347/.434/.668 with 27 home runs, 59 RBI, and 95 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases in 440 plate appearances. Betts’ success has been instrumental to the Boston Red Sox also own the best record in baseball at 81-35.
With the loss, the Boston Red Sox are now 8.0 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East Division.