Blue Jays clout five homers, blow out Mets

Blue Jays clout five homers, blow out Mets

Blue Jays clout five homers, blow out Mets
TORONTO -- The game won't often look as easy as the Blue Jays made it seem on Friday.

Toronto welcomed the Mets for its first Interleague series of the year and showed New York why Rogers Centre is among the most hitter-friendly venues across baseball.

The Blue Jays used five homers, two apiece by J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis, to power their way to a season high in runs and blast the Mets, 14-5, increasing their home run total to 12 through the first five games of the homestand.

"Just an outstanding offensive night tonight, J.P., the two home runs on his part ... Rajai continues to have an outstanding impact on games over this recent stretch," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Farrell has reaped the benefits of moving Arencibia, who set a career high with six RBIs, up to the No. 5 spot in the lineup, a move he made for the first time Thursday. Arencibia, who has hit three home runs since, including his first multihomer game of the year Friday, wants to be counted on as a run producer.

"Lately I've been swinging the bat well, for like the last month," Arencibia said. "Me and Dwayne Murphy [Toronto's batting coach] have been working and just trying to get back comfortable, being ready on time and seeing the pitch. I've been seeing the ball pretty well, I guess it's just working for me.

"I always talked about, I'm not worried about my average ... I want to drive in runs."

Arencibia, who got things started in the first inning with a three-run shot, has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career. He continued his torrid May, as he entered the game batting .356 with four homers, 10 RBIs and a 1.030 OPS during the month. In addition to the two homers, the backstop added a two-run single in the sixth, giving him his second three-hit game in his past three.

Farrell was also rewarded for penciling Davis into the lineup. Toronto's skipper has been saying how he wants to find Davis more consistent at-bats based on a strong second month of the season.

Davis, like Edwin Encarnacion, has gone to a two-handed swing, keeping his top hand on the bat throughout the duration of his cut. Farrell believes it has added to his recent success at the plate, while Davis said he has been working tirelessly to improve his stroke. He entered the game batting .400 in May after hitting just .185 over the first month.

While filling in for center fielder Colby Rasmus, Davis connected on his first long ball since June 1 of last season with a two-run homer in the third and added another home run in the fifth for the first multihomer game of his career. The speedster's second homer capped off an eight-run, four-homer outing by Mets starter Jon Niese.

Postgame, Davis credited the two-handed swing for the rare offensive production he displayed and revealed it was his first multihomer game since he was a 12-year-old in Little League.

Not to be outdone, in a game that witnessed a lot of firsts for Toronto, Yan Gomes, who has filled in admirably at third base for the suspended Brett Lawrie, hit his first Major League home run in just his second game. The first Brazilian-born player in the Majors added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to cap off a four-run inning, which increased the Blue Jays' lead to 14-1.

Arencibia said he was so ecstatic for Gomes that he had to fight back tears, while Gomes shared the emotions that overcame him during his first home run trot in the big leagues.

"I was kind of thinking about my parents," said Gomes, who went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. "It was a great feeling, I'm sure they were really happy."

Toronto's bats gave ace Ricky Romero a lead he would not relinquish. Romero allowed one run on three hits while walking four and striking out six. The left-hander lasted six innings and improved to 5-1.

Romero didn't have his sharpest stuff, but showed an ability to battle, as he has done for much of the season. The left-hander hasn't been pleased with his control recently, something Farrell blamed on a mechanical hitch, and has 14 walks in his last three starts. Romero wasn't overly pleased with his outing, but was happy with the way it finished.

"My last inning is me," Romero said. "I'm not just saying that because I got two strikeouts. It's because I pounded the zone, I was aggressive. I felt like back to who I really am. I think at times I start aiming the ball, but ... I'll be better at it."

The Mets were never in the game, but jumped on the homer train with a three-run shot in the eighth by Scott Hairston to make it a 14-5 game.

Entering Friday's contest, Rogers Centre was averaging more home runs per game than any park besides Yankee Stadium.

Chris Toman is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.