Hamilton blasts 4 HRs in single game

JOSH HAMILTON of the Texas Rangers became only the 16th player in the history of Major League Baseball to hit four homeruns in a single game.

The former American League MVP drove in a career-high eight RBIs with a quartet of two-run homers.

His 18 total bases also set a single game record in AL as he also slugged a double in a 5-for-5 effort, highlighting his team’s 10-3 rout of Baltimore Orioles.

Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and topped it off with a one-for-the-books shot against O’Day. During the last at-bat, Hamilton took a mighty hack and missed, lined a foul into right-field seats and then sent an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall.

”Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said. ”I was saying after I hit two I’ve never hit three in a game before, and what a blessing that was. Then to hit four is just an awesome feeling, to see how excited my teammates got.

The last player to hit four home runs in a game was Carlos Delgado on Sept. 25, 2003, for Toronto against Tampa Bay. Two of the 16 players to hit four homers in a game did it before 1900.

Hamilton is the sixth AL player to perform the feat. The last to hit four homers in a game against the Orioles was Rocky Colavito in 1959, at old Memorial Stadium. Noli Cruz


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