Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández each hit a grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 44th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays outscored the Baltimore Orioles 22-7 on Sunday, finishing two points off the franchise record.
Guerrero’s conduct linked him with two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani for the major league head. Jake Lamb also scored in a 10-point third inning for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four in the series.
Toronto has scored 44 points in its three wins.
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“In the last three days I’ve been in the game for 35 years and haven’t seen anything like it,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. “I didn’t know we were going to score that many points, but at the end of August I said we were going to be hot because we have too many hitters.”
Gurriel set the franchise record with his fourth grand slam of the season and also had a two-run homer in the fifth to lead in seven. Danny Jansen had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBIs.
The club’s record for points was set in a 24-10 beating from the Orioles on June 26, 1978, a game in which John Mayberry only hit two Jays home runs and got seven RBIs after leaving the bench.
Toronto had 19 hits and improved to 80-63 after starting the day tied with the Yankees for the AL’s second wild card behind Boston.
Ryan Mountcastle hit his 28th homerun, tying the Orioles rookie record set by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1982.
Anthony Santander scored for the third time in four games and Austin Wynns had a solo shot in the seventh and finished with three RBIs for Baltimore.
“We got the stick around pretty well,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “We’re just not doing very well.
Blue Jays left-hander Steven Matz (12-7) allowed five runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
“We are putting pressure on everyone,” said Matz. “We want the guys to be pushed into the corners. In one set we can score 10 points, so that’s a pretty special thing.”
Orioles rookie left-hander Zac Lowther (0-2) was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on September 6 to take a spot in the rotation. Lowther loaded the bases on one and two walks in the first. He then hit Hernández for the Blue Jays’ first point. Gurriel followed by the grand slam and Toronto led 5-0.
Guerrero pushed the lead to 6-0 with a solo shot in the second period.
“They are good hitters and I wasn’t attacking them,” said Lowther. “With a line-up like this you have to get ahead and attack, and I wasn’t.”
The Orioles edged down 6-3 in the lower half on an outfielder pick from Kelvin Gutierrez and a two-point single from Wynns.
The Blue Jays escaped in the third against Spenser Watkins with a double from Jansen, a single from Breyvic Valera and a solo homer from Lamb.
Hernandez took the game even further out of reach with the grand slam.
It was the first time the Blue Jays have hit two Grand Slam tournaments in one game.
Mike Baumann came in and gave Valera a two-point brace.
Blue Jays: DH George Springer was ruled out a day after hitting a two-run homerun that gave Toronto an 11-10 victory in Game 1 of a doubles program. Springer missed three games after fouling his knee in Monday’s 8-0 win over the Yankees.
Orioles: RHP Matt Harvey (inflammation of the right knee) transferred to the 60-day IL. Harvey finished the season 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA on 28 starts. He is a free agent after the season.
Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (5-2, 3.71 ERA) opens the series opener on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Orioles: LHP Alexander Wells (1-2, 7.15 ERA) starts Tuesday against the New York Yankees.