Jays set record in Cito's home finale

Travis Snider, John Buck and Aaron Hill homered off Yankees starter Javier Vazquez to give the Toronto Blue Jays a franchise-record 247 home runs for the season.

Travis Snider, John Buck and Aaron Hill homered off Yankees starter Javier Vazquez on Wednesday to give the Toronto Blue Jays a franchise-record 247 homeruns on the season.

The Blue Jays defeated New York 8-4 in the series finale, Cito Gaston's final home game as Toronto manager. The club honoured Gaston, who will remain with the organizaion in an advisory role, with a ceremony prior to the game.

"What a way to go out," Gaston said afterwards, soaked after being doused with water and beer by his players.

"I was certainly trying to hold it back, but I think all the different things that were said out there … you just can't hold that back after a while," Gaston said. "I was just feeling that you try to do the best job you can at all times, but when you find out that you touched that many people's lives, and it's all for the good, how can you hold it back?"

Snider's homer in the first inning, his 13th of the season, broke the previous club mark of 244 set in 2000, when Carlos Delgado and Tony Batista tied for the team lead with 41 apiece.

Snider was among a number of Jays who used black marker to draw fake moustaches on their face, in tribute to the 66-year-old Gaston.

"I thought it was a great way to honour Cito," said Snider. "The whole ceremony tonight was something special, we had some fun, as we do on this team."

Buck added his 20th in the second inning  in front of over 33,000 fans at Rogers Centre, and Hill connected with his 26th in the fifth, pushing the total to 247 for sole possession of the fifth highest total in big-league history.

The 2000 Houston Astros are fourth with 249 homers. Buck became the sixth Toronto player to hit at least 20 homers, while nine different Blue Jays have reached double digits.

Jose Bautista leads the majors with 52 while Vernon Wells is second on the team with 31.

Brett Cecil (15-7) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win as the Blue Jays  capped their home season with a 45-33 record. They finished with a total attendance of 1,625,555, their lowest total since drawing 1,275,978 in 1982.

Javier Vazquez (10-10) took the loss for the Yankees (94-65). Alex Rodriguez hit his 30th homer, giving him 14 seasons with 30 homers and 100 RBIs, 13 of them consecutively.

Toronto (82-76) concludes its regular season with a series in Minnesota beginning on Thursday.

The Jays won 10 of 18 against the Yankees this season.

New York caught a break elsewhere on Wednesday, with the Baltimore Orioles defeating Tampa Bay. New York remains one-half game behind the Rays in the battle for the American League East, although both clubs locked up playoff spots on Tuesday.

With files from CBCSports.ca