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Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Rogers Centre on August 26, 2018. Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956).

His first eight years in the majors were with the St. Louis Cardinals and he spent last season among the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

The Blue Jays have won four straight games overall and five straight at home.

The accomplishment is a bright spot in what has been a pretty tiresome season for the Toronto Blue Jays, and Morales himself. It really couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

"I'm not moving too much", he said through a translator.

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (9-9) allowed two runs, three hits and three walks while striking out six in five innings.

Kendrys Morales set a Blue Jays record by homering for the seventh consecutive game, hitting a two-run shot off Velasquez in the third.

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For now, fans should appreciate that Morales is one of the hottest hitters in baseball.

With one out in the first, Rhys Hoskins took Estrada's 2-0 pitch deep for his 26th home run of the season Carlos Santana followed up by putting the right-hander's 1-1 change-up over the right-field wall for his 19th home run of the season.

The lowly Orioles are a good bet for Morales to keep the streak alive especially seeing he already has five homers in 11 games versus Baltimore in 2018. Afterwards, Estrada admitted that his back has been acting up. "I pitched that day, probably didn't help, but it was the first time I was going to pitch in front of my family as a professional, and I wanted to see what I could do".

With his 1-for-3 afternoon on Sunday, Morales is now hitting at a.500 clip (17-34) over the past 10 games. (2001) for the longest home run streak in franchise history.

It's said that when Estrada's fastball drops down a couple of ticks, to 86, 87 miles per hour, he gets in trouble, even when he's working it off a good change-up.

Aaron Sanchez had wondered if he would pitch again this season after he injured a finger on a suitcase in June. Over the weekend, Donaldson's locker was cleared out, fuelling some speculation something was up.

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