Baltimore’s L.J. Hoes makes his major league debut as a pinch hitter Wednesday at Camden Yards. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

With the way the Orioles have mixed and matched this season, bringing in rookies and former all-stars, once-weres and never-have-beens to form a strange group that keeps winning when it’s supposed to fall back to reality, perhaps Wednesday’s 12-2 pummeling of the Toronto Blue Jays shouldn’t have been a surprise.

But any time a club hits three homers in an inning – including two by guys more than 20 years apart in age – and a franchise-tying seven in one game it’s noteworthy, even for this crazy season.

Before an announced and rowdy crowd of 26,513, the Orioles (89-67) salvaged a split of a four-game series with the last-place Jays while remaining 11 / 2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East pennant chase.

And boy did they do it with flair.

Chris Davis had two homers – a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh -- for his third multi-homer game of his career and second this season against Toronto. He also had three homers against the Blue Jays on Aug. 24 at Camden Yards, giving him nine homers against Toronto, the most for a season by one Oriole against the Blue Jays in club history.

But that wasn’t the only impressive achievement at the Yards on Wednesday.

The Orioles scored all 12 of their runs on homers – two by Davis, two by rookie Manny Machado and one each by Nate McLouth, Mark Reynolds and Jim Thome. It was just the third time in club history in which they have hit seven homers. They also did it in on August 26, 1985 and May 17, 1967.

— Baltimore Sun