Mookie Betts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Mookie Betts hit a grand slam on the 13th pitch of his fourth-inning at-bat against J.A. Happ last night, and it was a game-changer.
The All-Star's 23rd homer put his Red Sox up for good in the eventual 6-4 survival of the Blue Jays. Betts said it was the best at-bat he's had in five years in the majors.
"Since I've been in the big leagues, it's probably the most excited I've been," he said.
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This year, the outfielder's leading baseball in average, slugging percentage, and OPS. Betts' two hits and season-high five RBI in the latest win helped push his hitting streak to 10 games. He's batting .429 with seven ribbies, seven extra-base hits, and a dozen runs during the stretch.
"I'm just working hard," he said. "I've got good-hitting guys around me. J.D.'s been helping, AC's been helping. It's just a bunch of guys around me that are kind of keeping me on track."
Betts leads the majors with nine game-winning home runs, and his four career grand slams have him tied with Dom DiMaggio and Ellis Burks for the most by a Sox leadoff hitter in the last century.
We'll see what Betts has in store for an encore tonight when Boston hosts Toronto again at 7:10 p.m. in search of its 11th straight win.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports