The Red Sox Black stars provide inspiration for young players of color

The Red Sox Black stars provide inspiration for young players of color

After getting eaten alive in his first encounter against baseball's best back in July, Borucki rebounded in strong fashion on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, doing just enough to help Toronto gain at the very least a measure of respect from the runaway American League East leaders. With a 3-2 count, Betts hit an 85.6 miles per hour slider from Giles out to left for the solo home run. Betts hit a single in the first inning, a triple in the second, a double in the fourth and a home run in the ninth.

Smoak's hit extended his hitting streak to a season team-high 13 games.

"I've had some opportunities before and to finally succeed is a good feeling", said Betts, who has reached base in 25 of his past 42 plate appearances against Toronto. Despite Betts' effort, the Red Sox lost 8-5 to the Blue Jays.

Rick Porcello (14-5) lasted just four innings while giving up seven earned runs and six hits.

Hernandez's home run in the third increased the Toronto lead to 4-2 before the Red Sox struck for two in the top of the fifth where slugger J.D. Martinez smoked his major league leading 35th home run. Grichuk then hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run inning and gave the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead.

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

YANKEES 7, RANGERS 3 Giancarlo Stanton hit the hardest home run ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and NY beat Texas. The five-time All-Star, 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor and two-time AL earned run average leader has a career record of 138-74.

Boston's Brock Holt is caught stealing second as Toronto's Aledmys Diaz stretches to make the tag in the fifth inning.

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DODGERS 8, ROCKIES 5 Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning and Los Angeles exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen.

In San Francisco, Ivan Nova allowed two runs in six innings, David Freese hit his 100th career home run and Pittsburgh doubled up the Giants.

MARINERS 8, ASTROS 6 Mitch Haniger homered while the Mariners jumped on Justin Verlander for six runs in two innings, and Seattle beat Houston.

Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent.

The Sox move on to Baltimore for a four game series starting tonight.

Red Sox: David Price (11-6, 3.93 ERA) will work the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday.

Toronto countered with two runs in the bottom of the first.

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