Jose Bautista Passes Joe Carter for 4th on Blue Jays RBI List

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 29, 2017

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 28: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on June 28, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

While it was just a decent night at the plate overall for the veteran, his two RBI gave him 738 for his career to push him past Joe Carter for fourth on the Blue Jays' all-time list, per Sportsnet Stats. He enters Thursday's game against the Orioles requiring just two more to tie George Bell for third on the list.

Bautista had some great seasons for the Blue Jays in the prime of his career, leading the league in home runs in both 2010 (54 homers) and 2011 (43 homers). However, that production has dropped off in the past few years.

The 36-year-old slugger hit fewer than 27 home runs (22 total) for the first time since 2009 last season, also batting a career-low for a full season .234 for a full season in the majors. He also collected just 69 RBI in 2016, a steep drop off from the 114 he collected in 2015.

Bautista started this season slowly as well, batting just .178 during April before bouncing back with a hot May in which he posted a .317/.412/.644 batting line and collected nine home runs. He's hit a slump again during June, batting just .209, but has begun to turn things around recently with 11 hits over his last six games.

Toronto continues to hover around the .500 mark, but the team is beginning to lose ground on the leaders in the AL East. As the Blue Jays take the field Thursday sitting 5.5 games back of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the division. If the club has any hope of remaining in playoff contention, it may have to begin making a charge in the near future.