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Baltimore’s All-Star bats came out swinging in their 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays . That includes the MLB leader in homers, Chris Davis, who contributed his 35th of the season with a runner on base in the second inning. After Edwin Encarnacion, an all-star in his right, homered to give Toronto a 3-2 lead in the third, Adam Jones quickly countered with a three-run shot in the bottom half and then three innings later J.J. Hardy added a three-run homer of his own to blow the game open.
Here’s more from the Associated Press:
It’s been that way all season for the Orioles, who lead the majors with 128 home runs – including a combined 68 by Davis, Jones and Hardy.
All three long balls came off Mark Buehrle, who had allowed only two homers in his previous 11 starts.
”That’s what they do in a great park to hit home runs,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ”They had the two big three-run homers, but you’ve got to expect here that’s going to happen. You have to go toe to toe. We had a lot of hits, but we just didn’t score a lot.”
Somewhere, Earl Weaver is smiling.
Jordy to the rescue: Sure, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four All-Stars this season, but a very part of their overwhelming success this season is the contributions they’re receiving from unlikely sources. That would include 26-year-old shortstop Jordy Mercer, who came through again with a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Mets 3-2 in 11 innings . For Mercer, it’s the second game-winning in just over two weeks. The other came on June 27 when his two-run single extended Pittsburgh’s winning streak to six in a win over Seattle.
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