Jose Bautista hits 47th homer

Updated: September 15, 2010, 9:36 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 47th home run Wednesday night, tying the Toronto Blue Jays club record set in 1987 by George Bell.

Bautista sent an 0-1 pitch from Baltimore's Brad Bergesen over the center-field wall in the first inning. The drive landed in the bullpen and gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

It was his seventh of the season off the Orioles, the most against any team. It was his second off Bergesen.

Bautista began the year with 59 career homers.

Toronto has hit at least one home run in 17 consecutive games, the longest run in the AL this year and one short of the streak of 18 straight by the Cincinnati Reds from May 11-29.


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