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Hamilton hits four homers as Rangers rout Orioles

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Josh Hamilton became just the 16th player in major league history to hit four homers in one game Tuesday in the Texas Rangers' 10-3 win over the Orioles at Baltimore.

The Rangers slugger tied a major league record with the four-homer game -- a first at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The last player to do have four homers in a game was Toronto Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado in 2003.

Hamilton hit his 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th homers of the season, two off starter Jake Arrieta and one each off relievers Zach Phillips and Darren O'Day. Each was a two-run homer, and each time, Elvis Andrus was on base.

"He's been doing that to a lot of teams in baseball and the American League. Not to that extent. He's a good player. A really good player," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He does a lot of things. He's one of the best players in the game."

Showalter said he felt Tuesday as if Hamilton wouldn't be an easy out, but he added that the situation never dictated for the Orioles to intentionally walk the slugger. It was Texas' seventh consecutive win against the Orioles.

Hamilton, who went 5-for-5, set an American League record with 18 total bases -- one shy of Shawn Green's major league record set in 2002. He homered to center twice, left once and to right-center once.

His average climbed to .406, while the eight-RBI night drove his season total to 36.

It's only the second time in Orioles history that the club has allowed a four-homer game to an opponent. Rocky Colavito belted four against Baltimore on June 10, 1959.
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