Blue Jays Score 28 Runs vs. Red Sox & Other MLB Teams to Score 25 or More Runs in a Game Since 1900

Blue Jays Score 28 Runs vs. Red Sox And Other MLB Teams to Score 25 or More Runs in a Game Since 1900

The Toronto Blue Jays made history last Friday when they became one of the few MLB teams to ever score more than 25 runs in a single game. It was a 28-5 victory for the Blue Jays and it came against a divisional opponent in the Boston Red Sox – a truly historic day in baseball. 

The Blue Jays already had a 3-0 lead after the second inning, but put up a seven-run effort in the third inning, a four-run effort in the fourth, a massive 11-run effort in the fifth, a two-run effort in the sixth, and the historic 28th run in the top of the ninth inning. The runs just kept coming. 

In doing so, they joined an exclusive list of just 20 MLB teams to record at least 25 runs in a game since 1900. Their 28 runs is tied for the fifth-most in MLB history, but it was the most runs scored in Blue Jays’ history and there were several other franchise records broken that night. 

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MLB Teams to Score 25 or More Runs Since 1900

Blue Jays Score 28 Runs vs. Red Sox & Other MLB Teams to Score 25 or More Runs in a Game Since 1900
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When MLB teams put on a performance like the Blue Jays did last weekend, the first thing I look at is the stat sheet – there has to be some crazy stat lines in there and that’s exactly what we got on Friday. For example, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. stole the show with six hits and five RBIs. 

Raimel Tapia, Alejandro Kirk, Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernandez, and Danny Jansen chipped in with three hits each – with Tapia and Jansen each adding six runs batted in. Let’s not forget about Kevin Gausman, who pitched five innings and struck out 10 batters. 

All in all, the Blue Jays tallied 29 hits in the win and five home runs – including two from Jansen. Every starting batter had at least two hits and they scored in every inning except the seventh and eighth. Let’s take a look at the other 19 MLB teams to score at least 25 runs since 1900.

19. Giants Defeat Reds 25-13 (June 9, 1901)

On June 9, 1901, the New York Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 25-13 in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair. The Giants scored four runs in the first inning, six runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, two runs in the seventh, five runs in the eighth, and five runs in the ninth. 

They finished the game with 31 hits – including six hits from Kip Selbach and five hits from both George Van Haltren and Charlie Hickman. Every batter had at least two RBIs, with the exception of Charlie Buelow (who finished with one RBI). Bill Phyle pitched 8.2 innings. 

18. Superbas Defeat Reds 25-6 (September 23, 1901)

On September 23, 1901, the Brooklyn Superbas defeated the Cincinnati Reds 25-6 – it was the second time the Reds gave up 25 runs in the same season. The Superbas scored seven runs in the second inning, 11 runs in the fifth, five runs in the sixth, and two more in the seventh inning. 

The Superbas finished the game with 26 hits – including five hits from Tom Daly and four hits from Jay Hughes. Daly also had five runs scored and Hughes finished with four runs batted in. Jimmy Sheckard and Joe Kelley each finished with a home run and five runs batted in.

17. Indians Defeat A’s 25-7 (May 11, 1930)

On May 11, 1930, the Cleveland Indians (now called the Guardians) defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 25-7 with 29,000 fans in attendance. They had an impressive fourth inning, scoring seven runs, and an impressive sixth inning, scoring six runs. The runs wouldn’t stop coming. 

The Indians finished the game with 25 hits – including a team-high five hits from Bibb Falk (three of which were doubles). Falk also led the team with five runs and five runs batted in. Earl Averill, Lew Fonseca, Johnny Hodapp, and Luke Sewell each had three hits in the victory. 

16. Yankees Defeat A’s 25-2 (May 24, 1936)

On May 24, 1936, the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 25-2 in a lopsided affair. The Yankees managed to score five runs in the second inning, five runs in the fourth, six runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth, two runs in the seventh, and six more runs in the eighth. 

They finished with 19 hits – including a team-high four hits from Tony Lazzeri (three of which were home runs). Lazzeri nearly broke a record with 11 runs batted in. Joe DiMaggio and Monte Pearson added three hits each, while Frankie Crosetti hit two home runs on the day. 

15. Red Sox Defeat Marlins 25-8 (June 27, 2003)

On June 27, 2003, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Florida Marlins 25-8 midway through the season. The Red Sox opened with a historic first inning, scoring an impressive 14 runs to start the game. They scored another seven in innings 2-6 before scoring four in the eighth inning. 

The Red Sox finished the game with 28 hits – including a team-high five hits from Johnny Damon. Bill Mueller had four hits, three runs, and a team-high six RBIs, while Jason Varitek chipped in with four RBIs. Mueller, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez each hit home runs.

14. Reds Defeat Rustlers 26-3 (June 4, 1911)

On June 4, 1911, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Boston Rustlers 26-3 in what turned out to be a lopsided affair. They had seven runs in the first inning before adding five runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, one run in the sixth, one run in the seventh, and nine more in the eighth.

The Reds finished the game with 23 hits – including a team-high five hits from Mike Mitchell, who also led the team with four runs scored. Eddie Grant hit the game’s only homer, but Dick Hoblitzell and Tom Downey each had a triple and a stolen base. Frank Smith earned the win. 

13. Cubs Defeat Phillies 26-23 (August 25, 1922)

On August 25, 1922, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23 in what remains the highest-scoring game in MLB history – no two MLB teams have ever combined for more runs than these two. It included a 10-run second inning and 14-run fourth inning by the Cubs. 

The Phillies finished the game with 26 hits, while the Cubs finished with 25 – combining for 51 hits on the night. Hack Miller and Charlie Hollocher starred for the Cubs, hitting six RBIs each and combining for seven hits. Miller also hit two home runs, while the Phillies failed to hit one. 

12. Giants Defeat Dodgers 26-8 (April 30, 1944)

On April 30, 1944, the New York Giants defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 26-8 – their second time scoring at least 25 runs in the same game. They were consistent all night long with a box score that read 3-4-4-5-0-2-0-8 through eight innings. They likely would’ve kept scoring in the ninth. 

The Giants only had 18 hits, but received a lot of help from the 17 walks thrown by the Dodgers. Phil Weintraub had a historic game with four hits, five runs, and 11 runs batted in – he was one single away from a cycle). Ernie Lombardi also did his part with three hits and seven RBIs. 

11. Indians Defeat Browns 26-3 (August 12, 1948)

On August 12, 1948, the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians) defeated the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with just under 12,000 fans in attendance. The Indians had a nine-run first inning, but didn’t stop there as they finished with a 9-0-4-2-4-3-3-1-0 box score through nine innings. It wasn’t fair.

The Indians finished the game with an impressive 29 hits – including four hits from Hal Peck and Gene Bearden. The two also combined for seven RBIs, while Lou Boudreau had four RBIs of his own. Wally Judnich, Larry Doby, Jim Hegan, and Bearden each hit a home run.

10. Phillies Defeat Mets 26-7 (June 11, 1985)

On June 11, 1985, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 26-7 in a game that quickly got out of hand. The Phillies held a 16-0 lead after the second inning and continued the scoring with five runs in the fifth inning, one run in the sixth inning, and four more in the seventh.

The Phillies finished with 27 hits, including a team-high five hits from Juan Samuel – who also finished with three runs and two RBIs. Von Hayes led the team with six RBIs and also tied for the team lead with four runs – a stat he shared with Glenn Wilson. Rick Schu had four hits.

9. Cubs Defeat Rockies 26-7 (August 18, 1995)

On August 18, 1995, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 26-7 with more than 48,000 fans in attendance. They scored seven runs in the first inning and two more in the third inning before piling it on with 17 runs in innings five through eight. The Chicago bats were hot. 

The Cubs finished with 27 hits, including a team-high four hits from Sammy Sosa – who also had four runs and four RBIs. Brain McRae, Luis Gonzalez (team-high six RBIs), Todd Zeile, and Scott Servais each had three hits. Sosa, Gonzalez, and Zeile each hit a home run.

8. Rangers Defeat Orioles 26-7 (April 19, 1996)

On April 19, 1996, the Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 26-7 in a game that featured a historic eighth inning. Leading up to that point, the Rangers had a 10-7 lead and the Orioles were still in it. That’s when the Rangers scored 16 runs in the eighth to seal the deal.

The Rangers finished the game with just 19 hits, but received some help from the Orioles – who threw 13 walks. Darryl Hamilton had a team-high four hits, while Juan Gonzalez finished with a team-high six RBIs. Dean Palmer and Kevin Elster also finished with five RBIs each.

7. Royals Defeat Tigers 26-5 (September 9, 2004)

On September 9, 2004, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 26-5 in the midst of a disappointing season. They scored six runs in the first two innings before exploding in the third inning with 11 runs. They also scored five runs in the sixth inning en route to a lopsided victory. 

The Royals finished the game with 26 hits, including a team-high six hits from Joe Randa – who also had a team-high six runs. Angel Berroa led the team with five RBIs, including the team’s lone home run. Alberto Castillo added four RBIs of his own, while six others had multiple RBIs.

6. Indians Defeat Red Sox 27-3 (July 7, 1923)

On July 7, 1923, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 27-3 in one of the most lopsided victories in MLB history. The Indians had an 11-2 lead through five innings before scoring 13 runs in the sixth inning. They had one run in the seventh and two in the eighth inning.

The Indians finished with 24 hits, including a team-high four hits from Rube Lutzke – who also led the team with six RBIs. Riggs Stephenson also impressed with five RBIs, while Charlie Jamieson had a team-high four runs. Stephenson and Lutzke combined for five doubles. 

5. Cardinals Defeat Phillies 28-6 (July 6, 1929)

On July 6, 1929, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 28-6 with just 10,000 fans in attendance. The Cardinals came out swinging with 10 runs in the first inning and scored another 10 runs in the fifth inning. They topped it off with five more runs in the eighth inning. 

The Cardinals finished with 28 hits, including a team-high five hits from Taylor Douthit and Chick Hafey – who also combined for seven RBIs. Jim Bottomley led the team with seven RBIs of his own, while Jimmie Wilson and Fred Frankhouse added four RBIs each.

4. Red Sox Defeat Browns 29-4 (June 8, 1950)

On June 8, 1950, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns 29-4 with just over 5,000 fans in attendance. The Red Sox scored eight runs in the second inning, five runs in the third, seven runs in the fourth, two runs in the fifth, two runs in the seventh, and five runs in the eighth.

Boston finished the game with 28 hits, including a team-high five hits from Johnny Pesky and Al Zarilla. Bobby Doerr led the team with an impressive eight RBIs, but Walt Dropo added seven RBIs of his own and the legendary Ted Williams added five more. It was a slaughter. 

3. White Sox Defeat A’s 29-6 (April 23, 1955)

On April 23, 1955, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Athletics 29-6 early in the season. The White Sox scored early and scored often, finishing the night with a 4-7-3-2-0-6-3-4 box score through the first eight innings. They didn’t really leave much room for a comeback. 

The White Sox finished the game with 29 hits, including a team-high five hits from Sherm Lollar and Chico Carrasquel. Bob Nieman led the team with seven RBIs, but Lollar and Minnie Monoso had five RBIs each. Neiman and Lollar also stole the show with two home runs each.

2. Braves Defeat Marlins 29-9 (September 9, 2020)

On September 9, 2020, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 29-9 in what was the most dominant win in recent MLB history – even more so than the Blue Jays’ win over the Red Sox. The Braves’ victory included an 11-run second inning and six more runs in the fifth inning.

The Braves finished the game with just 23 hits – including three hits from five different players. Adam Duvall stole the show with three home runs and nine RBIs, while Freddie Freeman added a home run and six RBIs. Ronald Acuna Jr. impressed with a home run and five RBIs.

1. Rangers Defeat Orioles 30-3 (August 22, 2007)

On August 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 in what was the most runs scored by a team since 1900. The Rangers had just a 5-3 lead after the fifth inning, but scored nine runs in the sixth inning, 10 runs in the eighth, and six runs in the ninth inning. 

The Rangers finished the game with 29 hits, including a team-high five hits from David Murphy. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez stole the show, combining for eight hits, four home runs, nine runs scored, and 14 runs batted in. Travis Metcalf and Marlon Byrd also hit home runs.

Which MLB Teams Might Be Next? 

While it’s not easy and obviously doesn’t happen often – just 20 MLB teams have done it since 1900 – it makes sense that it was the Toronto Blue Jays who achieved it. As it stands right now, they rank third in the entire MLB with 4.88 runs scored per game – their offense is explosive.

The only two teams scoring at a higher rate are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who score 5.14 runs per game, and the New York Yankees, who score 5.36 runs per game. I wouldn’t be surprised if either of those two teams come close to scoring 25 runs in a game this season – it can happen!

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The other offenses that score at a high rate include the Atlanta Braves (4.76 runs per game), San Francisco Giants (4.69 runs per game), and New York Mets (4.66 runs per game). Do you think we’ll see another team achieve this unlikely stat in the near future? I’d like to think so. 

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