Delgado belts four homers
TORONTO — Carlos Delgado hit four home runs Thursday night, becoming the 15th player in major league history to accomplish the feat in leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Tampa Bay 10-8.
Delgado connected in four straight at-bats. His first homer of the game was the 300th of his career.
Delgado was the first player to homer four times in a game since Shawn Green did it for Los Angeles on May 23, 2002, against Milwaukee.
“I can’t think of any other way to explain it, it just kind of happened,” Delgado said. “It seems like everything you hit goes into the air and goes out. I wish I could do it more often.”
The Toronto slugger was the fifth AL player to do it, the first since Mike Cameron for Seattle on May 2, 2002, against the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig, Rocky Colavito and Pat Seerey also did it in the AL.
Delgado’s record-tying shot came leading off the eighth inning, a long drive to center field that tied it at 8.
Blue Jays teammates threw up their arms when Delgado connected on a 2-2 pitch from Lance Carter to match the mark.
“It feels great, I can’t believe it happened,” Delgado said.
Once Delgado returned to the dugout, he took off his helmet and acknowledged the cheers from the crowd of 13,408 at SkyDome.
The Toronto All-Star was the sixth player to homer in four straight at-bats in one game. Cameron also did it.
Delgado became the 98th player to reach 300 career homers with a three-run shot off Jorge Sosa in the first inning.
The ball hit off Windows restaurant and bounced back into center field. Delgado asked for the ball as he rounded the bases.
Delgado’s solo drive in the fourth gave Toronto a 4-1 lead, and he added another solo homer in the sixth off Joe Kennedy that tied it at 6.
Delgado finished his big night with homer No. 41. The six RBI matched a career high and he now has 141 RBI this season, setting a team record.
Overall, it marked the fifth time Delgado has hit at least three homers in a game and his 36th multihomer game. His last three-homer game came April 20, 2001, at Kansas City.
After Delgado’s last homer, Eric Hinske followed with a triple and Bobby Kielty hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Mike Bordick then homered to give Toronto a 10-8 lead.
Tampa Bay’s Aubrey Huff hit his 34th home run, tying Jose Canseco for the club record.
Huff’s solo shot of Dan Reichert in the seventh gave Tampa Bay a 7-6 lead, but Reed Johnson hit an RBI single in the bottom half.
Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford had an infield single off Reichert, stole second and scored on Rocco Baldelli’s two-out single.
Trever Miller (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Carter (7-5) took the loss.
Julio Lugo homered in his fourth straight game for the Devil Rays, who need to win one of their last three games at home against Boston to avoid 100 losses for the third straight year.
The Devil Rays tied the game at 5 by scoring five runs in the sixth on Lugo’s solo homer off Pete Walker, Marlon Anderson’s two-run triple off Vinnie Chulk and on Toby Hall’s RBI single.