Big lea­guers set record for home runs in month

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Ma­jor league bat­ters set a record in May for most home runs in any month.

Bat­ters hit 1,135 home runs in May, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark of 1,119 in Au­gust 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau. Toronto rookie Vladimir Guer­rero Jr. hit No. 1,120 for the month on Fri­day night.

Four of the top five home run months have been in the last three years. June 2017 is third at 1,101, fol­lowed by May 2000 (1,069) and May 2017 (1,060).

Mil­wau­kee’s Chris­tian Yelich led the big leagues with 21 homers through the end of May, fol­lowed by the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger with 20.


Twins 6, Rays 2: Mar­win Gon­za­lez and By­ron Bux­ton both home­red and drove in two runs as Min­nesota kept scor­ing, beat­ing Tampa Bay. The Twins own the best record in the ma­jors at 39-18 and have scored at least three runs in 25 straight games, set­ting a sin­gle-sea­son fran­chise record. The Twins also lead ma­jors with 108 homers.

In­di­ans 5, White Sox 2: Car­los San­tana and Leonys Martin home­red and Cleve­land took ad­van­tage of a White Sox blun­der on the bases to end Chicago’s five-game streak.

Gi­ants 8, Ori­oles 2: Bran­don Belt drove in four runs, Buster Posey home­red and San Fran­cisco used a rare of­fen­sive out­burst to breeze past Bal­ti­more. San Fran­cisco built a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning and cruised to only its sec­ond win in 10 games. Braves 10, Tigers 5: Mike Soroka won his sixth straight de­ci­sion and showed some baserun­ning flair, Fred­die Free­man and Austin Riley each hit a two-run homer, and At­lanta Braves snapped a three­game skid by beat­ing Detroit.

Na­tion­als 5, Reds 2: Ger­ardo Parra hit a three-run homer that ended Tan­ner Roark’s streak of keep­ing the ball in the park and Matt Adams added a solo shot to power Wash­ing­ton to the win on the road. Rangers 6, Roy­als 2: Joey Gallo hit a tiebreak­ing home run for the sec­ond straight game be­fore leav­ing in the fifth inning due to in­jury as Texas beat Kansas City. Gallo was re­moved be­cause of tight­ness in his left oblique.


Red Sox: Bos­ton put World Se­ries MVP Steve Pearce back on the 10day in­jured list. Pearce is out with a low back strain. The Red Sox made the move Satur­day, a day af­ter he left a game against the Yan­kees. Tigers: Detroit held Miguel Cabr­era out of Satur­day’s lineup as they waited on MRI re­sults of the slug­ger’s right knee. Cabr­era left in the sixth inning of Fri­day. He has dealt with sore­ness in his right knee since spring train­ing.

Ath­let­ics: Slug­ger Khris Davis is back from a stint on the in­jured list be­cause of a bruised left hip and oblique mus­cle. The des­ig­nated hit­ter, who led the ma­jors with 48 home runs in 2018, was set to start bat­ting cleanup Satur­day night against the Hous­ton Astros.

Cubs: Short­stop Javier Baez was scratched from Satur­day’s game against St. Louis be­cause of a bruised right heel.


Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers’ Chris­tian Yelich watches his solo home run against the Philadel­phia Phillies on May 24. Yelich leads the ma­jors with 21 home runs.

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