Toronto’s Morales one homer away from history

Kendrys Morales needs one home run Monday night to earn a share of MLB history.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger hit a homer for the seventh straight game Sunday, leaving him one short of the major-league record of eight straight games.

By connecting Monday night against the Orioles in Baltimore, Morales can join Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr., who currently share the record.

Sunday’s third-inning home run off Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez gave him the Toronto’s record for consecutive games with a home run, beating out Jose Cruz Jr., who homered in six straight games for the Blue Jays in 2001.

Morales has already hit a homer off the Orioles’ Monday starter, rookie David Hess. He connected Wednesday off Hess in a 6-0 home victory for the fifth homer of the eight he’s hit during his streak.

He also has six home runs in 116 career at-bats at Camden Yards and has 21 homers on the season so far.