MLB Stat of the Day noted on Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays had four hits versus the Red Sox, all of which were home runs. That hasn’t happened in a game since August 2012 when the Dodgers did it.
You know who else did it that season? The Orioles. And they did Toronto and Los Angeles one better.
The Orioles had five hits, all home runs, on May 10, 2012 in a 6-5 victory versus the Texas Rangers. The following O’s batters went deep: Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Wilson Betemit.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 6, 2016
Prior to 2012 the Orioles’ best showings in this regard were the two games when they had only two hits, both of which were home runs. Those games came on July 24, 1990 (an 8-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers), and Sept. 23, 1973 (a 2-1 victory versus the Brewers).
There have been five games when the Orioles have had a home run as their only hit. The two losses came in 2014 (Aug. 24 and Aug. 6). The three wins were on Aug. 2, 1995, May 18, 1983, and July 30, 1971. The O’s made the postseason in all but one of those seasons.
I could find only one team that topped five hits for home runs. The Cleveland Indians had six hits, all home runs, on June 24, 1989. Joe Carter had three of them.