Last-place Orioles face first-place Red Sox

ROLLING FOR A SEVEN Rick Porcello delivers a pitch last night in Toronto as the Red Sox looked to finish a sweep of the Blue Jays below Andrew Benintendi gets congratulations in the dugout after scoring a run in the first inning

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Curtis Granderson celebrates scoring a run with first baseman Justin Smoak during the sixth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, on August 9, 2018.

Betts had his first shot at the cycle in the sixth inning.

Allen opened the inning with a single off reliever Addison Reed (1-6), stole second and went to third on a groundout by Francisco Lindor - who had won Wednesday night's contest with a three-run, walk-off homer.

Betts singled to lead off the game, tripled in the second inning, and doubled in the fourth. The two-out hit came after Boston loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Betts, an infield single by Andrew Benintendi and a walk by Xander Bogaerts. Porcello lost for the first time since a July 13 home defeat to the Blue Jays, a game in which he allowed a season-worst eight earned runs.

"I've had some opportunities before and to finally succeed is a good feeling", said Betts.

Betts made the score 8-5 with his ninth inning home run.

"There's not many outs in that lineup and they're hot right now but he's got that knack and I think there's something special about that kid", Gibbons said.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed seven runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five in four-plus innings.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Red Sox, his major-league-leading 35th of the season.

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

The 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award victor was uncharacteristically off, issuing two walks to the first two batters he faced.

Stanton homered for the third straight game when he hammered a 1-1 fastball from rookie Ariel Jurado (2-2) into the lower rows of the left field bleachers.

Boston's comeback overshadowed the big league debut of Baltimore centre fielder Cedric Mullins, who doubled twice, singled, scored three runs and drove in two.

In Denver, Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning and Los Angeles exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen to beat the Rockies. Renfroe became the first Padres player to hit home runs and have multiple RBI games in four consecutive games. He is 0-2 despite a 2.29 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year.

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