It took until August, but Major League Baseball has its first cycle, courtesy ofoutfielder .
In an MVP-caliber season, Betts collected the cycle-clinching home run in the ninth inning of a 8-5 loss off ofreliever .
Betts becomes the first Red Sox hitter to hit for the cycle sincemanaged the feat back in 2015. Betts is also the first player to hit for the cycle since back in September.
The 25-year-old, whoWednesday that he and his partner are expecting a baby, led off the game in the top of the first with a single to left field.
In the second inning, Betts collected the most difficult hit of any cycle by knocking a triple, also to left field. Continuing to pepper left field, Betts dropped a double in his fourth-inning at-bat.
After going 3-for-3, Betts took an anti-climactic walk in the sixth frame before hitting his 27th home run of the year in the ninth. The Red Sox superstar reached base in all five of his plate appearances.
Including Thursday’s dominant showing, Betts now owns a remarkable .347/.434/.668 slash line. His 192 wRC+ jumps ahead offor the league lead.
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