Big leaguers set record for home runs in month
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.