It's safe to say that Carlos Delgado likes to hit at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Delgado had three home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot off Jeff Zimmerman in the eighth inning, as the Blue Jays rallied for a 5-4 victory last night over the Texas Rangers.
Delgado had the second three-homer game of his career, the other coming last August at The Ballpark. He has 11 career home runs at the Rangers' home stadium, second all-time behind Jose Canseco's 12.
"I can't explain the feeling," said Delgado, who broke out of a 1-for-17 slump. "The first one was amazing, the second one had the adrenaline pumping, then the third one wins the game. That's very satisfying."
Zimmerman came on to get the final out in the seventh before running into trouble in the eighth with a 4-3 lead. Shawn Green led off the inning with his 32nd home run before Delgado hit his third homer of the game, a shot into the right field seats.
"The ball must have looked like a beachball to him tonight," said Blue Jays closer Billy Koch, who pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. "With the type of hitters we've got, we're always in the ballgame."
DEVIL RAYS 4, INDIANS 2: On a night when Tony Gwynn got his 3,000th hit, Wade Boggs stayed put in his pursuit of the milestone.
Boggs remained three hits shy of the plateau, going 0 for 3 with a walk in host Tampa Bay's victory.
"It'll happen whenever it wants to," Boggs said. "You can't sit there and drive yourself nuts about when it's going to happen or it's got to happen in the next three at-bats. You'll drive yourself absolutely nuts."
Aaron Ledesma drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Burba (8-7) in the sixth for a 3-2 Tampa Bay lead. Dave Martinez followed with an RBI single to give the Devil Rays a two-run cushion.
TWINS 9, ROYALS 8: In Kansas City, Mo., Ron Coomer had a two-run single as Minnesota rallied for three runs in the eighth against a Royals bullpen that has blown 23 saves. Kansas City has converted only 19 of 42 save opportunities.
ATHLETICS 9, WHITE SOX 1: In Oakland, Calif., Gil Heredia allowed one run over eight innings, retiring 18 straight at one point.
Ben Grieve hit a three-run homer and Jason Giambi and Matt Stairs each had two-run shots in support of Heredia (9-5), who won his career-best sixth straight decision.
RED SOX 5, ANGELS 1: Troy O'Leary went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBI, and Bret Saberhagen won his fourth straight road decision.
YANKEES 11, MARINERS 8: Bernie Williams had three hits, including one of New York's four home runs, to lead the Yankees to a fight-interrupted victory in Seattle.