Werth Rips 3 Homers; Phils Crush Jays

HIs eight RBIs tie team record held by Mike Schmidt, three others
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 9:56 PM CDT
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Purcey (25) stands on the mound after Philadelphia's Jayson Werth hit a grand slam in the third inning on Friday, May 16, 2008, in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)
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(Newser) – Jayson Werth homered in his first three at-bats and tied a Philadelphia Phillies record with eight RBIs in a 10-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Werth had a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game but fouled out to first base to end the seventh inning.

Werth hit an 0-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter David Purcey for a three-run home run to right field in the second inning and followed with a 425-foot grand slam to right against Purcey (0-1) in the third. He then ripped a solo shot to left-center in the fifth off reliever Jesse Litsch on a 2-1 pitch for a 9-2 lead.