Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton had 10 homers coming into Tuesday’s game, including one Monday night.
By the eighth inning Tuesday, he had 14 on the season.
Yes, Hamilton had four homers – all of the two-run variety – on Tuesday. It’s the 16th time that has happened in major league baseball history and only the second involving the Orioles. The first was June 10, 1959, when Cleveland’s Rocky Colavito hit four at Memorial Stadium.
Hamilton also had a double in his five at-bats for 18 total bases, which sets an American League record, one behind the 19 total bases recorded by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Shawn Green in 2002.
Hamilton has five homers in his past six at-bats in this series (one Monday against Jason Berken) – and has eight RBIs on Tuesday as well. Just incredible.
It’s the sixth time someone has hit at least three homers in a game at Camden Yards – the previous was Nick Markakis versus the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 22, 2006.
Two of Hamilton’s homers (and the double) came against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta. The third was served up by Zach Phillips, who was facing his first major league hitter this season after being recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk.
The fourth came against his former teammate Darren O’Day in the eighth, a deep shot to center – the third that landed there – that had the 11,263 fans rise to their feet. The fans remained there and gave Hamilton a standing ovation as he rounded the bases.
Arrieta was charged with six runs – a season-high – on nine hits and one walk. It equals the most runs he allowed since he gave up eight to Texas last April. He had given up three homers in his first six starts – and then three on Tuesday (Adrian Beltre also took him deep in the third). His ERA is now 4.23.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times