Look out, Boston and New York. The Toronto Blue Jays are becoming as homer-happy as the top two slugging teams in the American League. In their 13-0 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night, they hit four more, tying them with Texas in third place with 161 long balls. The Yankees lead with 188, followed by Boston's 170.
Besides Encarnacion, two others had four hits, Yunel Escobar and Eric Thames, the leadoff and #2 hitter in the lineup.
Winning games the remainder of this season won't matter much. The Jays are 68-68, 15 1/2 behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings, but if they pick up a couple of live arms in the off-season, the Jays could challenge in baseball's dominant division.
The best part of Westbrook's grand slam and 8-3 win for the second place Cardinals was that it came against NL Central division-leading Milwaukee, cutting the Brewers' lead in the division to 8 1/2 games. The Cards have slim hopes of catching the runaway Brew Crew, but they will go for the three-game sweep on Thursday in Milwaukee. The Brewers have the best home record in baseball, at 50-18. Westbrook improved to 11-7.
The best mound work of the night was done by either Madison Bumgarner (8 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 Ks) in the Giants' 4-0 win over the Cubs, Cliff Lee (8 2/3, 6 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks) as Philly topped Cincinnati, 3-0, or J.A. Happ, who went seven innings, allowing 3 hits, a walk and no runs while fanning seven in Houston's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Back in the AL, Felix Hernandez dimmed the hopes of the Angels in the West, throwing a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine in Seattle's 2-1 win over the Angels.