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Blue Jays marathon win a testament to remarkable surge in home runs

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TORONTO – When you think back a few years to the last great Blue Jays offence, you think of just how powerful their 2015 lineup was.

Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both went deep 40-plus times that year and Edwin Encarnacion was one homer shy of joining them. Mix in Russell Martin, Justin Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki and it’s no surprise that team led Major League Baseball in home runs, slugging percentage and runs scored. They could overpower pitchers like nobody else.

Four years later, this Blue Jays lineup’s considerably younger with far more holes. There’s no comparing the entertainment value of those two groups. And yet, as of this week, the 2019 edition of the Blue Jays has more home runs.

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Baseball in 2019 is unlike anything we’ve seen before, as Monday’s 15-inning win over the Orioles underscored even further. Randal Grichuk, Brandon Drury, Cavan Biggio and Jonathan Davis homered in the marathon 11-10 win before Anthony Alford walked it off against Baltimore’s 10th pitcher of the day for his first career home run.

“I was trying to hold my smile the best I could, but it was pretty tough,” Alford said afterwards. “Honestly, you never know when it’ll happen again, so I really just tried to enjoy the moment.”

Though Alford didn’t start the game, he still collected two hits, the first of which........

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