Rays set team record for home runs

Rays set team record for home runs

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays went deep twice in the first inning of Monday night's game against the Orioles to establish a team single-season record for home runs.

"It's pretty cool," said Ben Zobrist, who hit the record-breaker in the Rays' 7-6 win. "We had a real fast assent to the 100 mark, around the All-Star break. But breaking the club record is pretty cool. I didn't know we had that much power on the team."

Gabe Kapler got things started when he hit a 1-0 pitch from Baltimore starter Mark Hendrickson into the left-field stands for his eighth home run of the season and the team's 190th.

Kapler's home run tied the team record, which was set in 2006, but the Rays weren't finished.

One out after Kapler's blast, Zobrist rerouted a 1-0 Hendrickson fastball into the right-field stands for his 25th homer of the season and the team's record-setting 191st.

Evan Longoria added to the record season with a solo blast off Hendrickson in the fourth for his 32nd home run of the season and the team's 192nd before Willy Aybar's pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh extended the record.

Ty Wigginton's 24 home runs led the '06 Rays, a team that had 10 players with 10 or more dingers. Carl Crawford finished second on the team with 18 long balls.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.