– The Associated Press

TORONTO – Toronto became the first team to hit eight homers in a game in three years, getting two apiece Saturday from Aaron Hill and J.P. Arencibia in a 17-11 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays.

“I’ve never seen anything like it for a team that I’ve played for or against,” said Jose Bautista, who hit his major league-best 34th. “It was just one of those days.”

Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Lyle Overbay also connected for the Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 175 homers.

“I’ve played a lot of games and I imagine I could remember if that ever happened, but no,” Lind said.

It was the most homers in a game for the Blue Jays since they hit a major league-record 10 against Baltimore on Sept. 14, 1987. Toronto scored in each of the first seven innings and set season highs in runs and hits (20).


“You think they’re going to get a couple during the course of every game, that’s just how they’re built,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said. “I guess they made up for not getting any (in Friday’s 2-1 win).”

The New York Yankees were the last team to hit at least eight homers in a single game, going deep eight times in a 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on July 31, 2007, at Yankee Stadium.

ATHLETICS 6, RANGERS 2: Coco Crisp homered, hit two sacrifice flies and scored twice to back 10-game winner Gio Gonzalez, and Oakland beat visiting Texas.

WHITE SOX 4, ORIOLES 2: Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in seven innings and visiting Chicago ended Buck Showalter’s unbeaten run as Baltimore’s manager at four games.

ANGELS 10, TIGERS 1: Scott Kazmir allowed one unearned run in five innings as Los Angeles won at Detroit.

TWINS 7, INDIANS 2: Carl Pavano pitched seven innings to beat his former team as Minnesota won at Cleveland.



REDS 4, CUBS 3: Drew Stubbs hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning to lead Cincinnati to a win at Chicago.

METS 1, PHILLIES 0: Johan Santana allowed five hits in 71/3 innings and Jeff Francoeur homered to lead New York to a victory at Philadelphia.

BRAVES 3, GIANTS 0: Tim Hudson threw eight dominant innings and Troy Glaus hit a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning as Atlanta won at home.

MARLINS 5, CARDINALS 4: Hanley Ramirez’s RBI double in the 10th inning lifted Florida past St. Louis at Miami.

BREWERS 5, ASTROS 2: Rickie Weeks hit an inside-the-park home run and George Kottaras added a solo shot to lead Milwaukee past visiting Houston.

PIRATES 8, ROCKIES 7: Rookie Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th to lift Pittsburgh over visiting Colorado after Todd Helton’s two-run shot in the top of the inning had given the Rockies a 7-5 lead.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, PADRES 5: Chris Young started and ended the game with home runs, giving Arizona a win at Phoenix.

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