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08/08/11 8:51 PM ET

Bay crushes 200th home run on Monday

Recent surge makes outfielder third Canadian to reach milestone

NEW YORK -- Jason Bay became the third Canadian-born player to reach 200 career home runs, achieving the feat with a solo shot Monday evening against the Padres.

Facing starting pitcher Tim Stauffer in the second inning, Bay launched his ninth home run of the season over Citi Field's left-field wall. He now has seven home runs in his last 39 games, after hitting just eight over his first 142 games as a Met.

Bay joins Larry Walker (383) and Matt Stairs (265), both retired, as the only other Canadian big leaguers with 200 home runs.

Bay hit 139 of his home runs during 5 1/2 seasons with the Pirates, before hitting another 45 -- including a career-high 36 in 2009 -- in a year and a half with the Red Sox.

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