Josh Donaldson pads MVP case with a three-homer day

Ross Houston
August 30, 2016

The Toronto third baseman, who made a cameo appearance on the History television show Vikings earlier this year, smacked three home runs off three different pitchers in front of 47,444 delighted fans at the Rogers Centre to lead the AL East-leading Blue Jays to a 9-6 victory over the Twins - the Jays' second straight comeback win. He hit another home run on Friday.

Because Josh Donaldson plays for a Canadian baseball team, what he did on Sunday elicited a hockey-type celebration.

Toronto reliever Scott Feldman pitched two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win and Twins reliever Pat Light allowed three hits and three runs over 1 1/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out five.

Blue Jays: Donaldson hopped around in pain after fouling a ball off the outside of his right knee in the first. Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson reacts after fouling a pitch off his foot in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Rosario hit a hard single into right field and reached second on Donaldson's throwing error. Santana left with a sprained left shoulder.

The Twins tied the game with an unearned run in the third. Rosario singled with one out.

The Chicago White Sox got past the Seattle Mariners 4-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 for a four-game sweep and the Colorado Rockies were 5-3 victors over the Washington Nationals.

DIAMONDBACKS 11, REDS 2: Yasmany Tomas homered, Welington Castillo drove in four runs and Archie Bradley earned his first win in more than a month and Arizona romped at home over Cincinnati. The bases were loaded after Dozier and Mauer walked. Rosario scored when Dickey got the out at first on Kepler's high chop. With two outs, Trevor Plouffe and Miguel Sano delivered clutch RBI singles as Minnesota stretched their lead to 5-2. The 29-year-old was rocked for six earned runs in each of his previous two turns but managed to escape with a pair of no-decisions. Miley dropped to 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA versus the Blue Jays after tossing six innings of two-run ball on July 24.WALK-OFFS1.

Ten of those 16 players have accomplished the feat in a home game, with Donaldson joined by Edward Encarnacion, John Buck, Frank Thomas, Vernon Wells, Carlos Delgado, Chris Woodward, Joe Carter, Ernie Whitt and Otto Velez, per Sportsnet Stats. It was his fourth multi-homer game of the season and the 10th of his career. With two out and two on in the same inning, Saturday's hero, Upton Jr. smacked a double from reliever J.T. Chargois to score Tulowitzki and Pillar, making the score 8-5 Jays.

Donaldson hit his 33rd homer of the season and the third of the game with two out in the eighth against Alex Wimmers.

Jays closer Roberto Osuna gave up three hits and a run in the ninth.

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