A common theme in baseball is that when the temperatures rise, so does the production. On Wednesday, we saw plenty of that as seven victorious teams crossed the double-digit threshold. Some games were close and others were blowouts, but seven clubs in one day plating at least 10 runs doesn't happen too often.
In all, 174 runs were scored across 15 games on Wednesday, the most since Aug. 23 of last year, when 183 runs were scored over a 16-game schedule, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Teams averaged 5.8 runs per game on Wednesday, though that number falls short of the modern record of 6.8 runs per team (205 runs total) for a 15-game schedule, which was done on Sept. 26, 2009.
The last time more than seven teams rung up double digits was July 29, 2007, when eight clubs achieved the feat.
Wednesday marks the first time since July 20, 2010, that seven teams reached double-digit run totals, but only six clubs won that day.
The record for most double-digit scoring performances in one day is nine, most recently done on July 7, 2004 -- all by the winning team.
Getting back to Wednesday, the offense was spread across both leagues. Here is a look at how the production shook out.
Mets 17, Cubs 1
Wrigley Field has become quite friendly for the Mets, who exploded for 17 runs. It was New York's highest scoring output since Sept. 5, 2010, when it scored 18 runs at Wrigley Field. Wednesday's victory was marked by a notable drought coming to an end, as Daniel Murphy slugged his first two home runs of the season, while driving in four runs in a 3-for-5 effort. Murphy had not homered since July 16 of last year. Ike Davis hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in four runs, Scott Hairston clubbed a grand slam and David Wright knocked in five runs. The foursome accounted for all 17 Mets RBIs.
Angels 13, Orioles 1
The Angels made easy work of the Orioles by scoring 11 runs on 12 hits through the first five innings. Mike Trout, in addition to his spectacular home run-robbing grab, went 4-for-6 with one RBI, and now has 60 hits since May 15 -- the most among all rookies in that span. Five other Angels drove in runs, including Kendrys Morales, who knocked in four runs. It was Morales' first four-RBI game since April 16.
Rangers 13, Tigers 9
David Murphy made it an even more productive day for Murphys around baseball by hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in Texas' victory. Murphy, who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, twice victimized Doug Fister, as did Ian Kinsler, who hit a two-run home run off the Tigers starter. Five other Rangers sent runners home, including Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Michael Young, Leonys Martin and Adrian Beltre. The Tigers tried to keep pace as seven members of their starting lineup drove in a run and six had multihit nights.
White Sox 12, Twins 5
The White Sox battered Minnesota pitchers for a season-high 21 hits, and Adam Dunn slugged his 24th home run of the year, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time home run list (389). Dunn finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBIs. The newly acquired Kevin Youkilis also had a big day for Chicago, putting together a 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs, while Alex Rios smacked his 10th home run of the year in a 3-for-5, two-RBI afternoon. Seven Chicago starters had at least two hits and eight starters scored at least one run.
Nationals 11, Rockies 5
The Nationals struck for double-digit runs for the second straight night, blitzing the Rockies for eight runs through the first three innings. Ryan Zimmerman and Jhonatan Solano each paced Washington by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including Zimmerman's fifth home run of the year. Coors Field couldn't keep shortstop Ian Desmond or first baseman Tyler Moore in the yard either, as they hit their 12th and fourth home runs of the year, respectively. Seven of the Nationals' 14 hits went for extra bases.
Pirates 11, Phillies 7
Chase Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but the former All-Star's return was spoiled by a Pirates offense that tallied 14 hits and had four innings in which the team scored multiple runs. Pirates catcher Michael McKenry went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a three-run home run. Seven different Bucs drove in a run, including starter James McDonald, who drove in his first run of the season. The Pirates hit three home runs and had five players record multiple hits.
Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 4
The Red Sox plated six runs in the bottom of the first en route to finishing their homestand at 7-2. Along with his 399th career homer, David Ortiz had three walks and scored four runs. Adrian Gonzalez added a 2-for-5 day with three RBIs. Six Boston players drove in at least one run or scored a run.
Jon Star is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.