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Slogging along in late April in 2017, Anthony Rendon had hit zero home runs. Across 95 plate appearances, the future MVP finalist had little positive data populating his line. He drove in five runs total. Not much was going well.
The New York Mets were in town to finish the month with a three-game series. Rendon went 1-for-6 the first two games. The Nationals lost both.
New York sent Noah Syndergaard to the mound for the sweep.
Rendon did not seem in line for an historic day, let alone 10 RBIs. His month-long middling and Syndergaard's 100-mph stuff were leaning against his odds. But, he singled in the first inning on a 99.9-mph sinker to start his day. Two runs scored. One hit, two RBIs. His RBI total for the month jumped 40 percent on the swing.
Syndergaard left the game early with an injury. His replacement, Sean Gilmartin, was battered. Rendon hit a solo home run off him in the third inning. Three RBIs, finally a home run and 2-for-2 to start the day.
Rendon homered again against Gilmartin in the fourth. Three more RBIs. Six total already.
Rendon doubled against Fernando Salis in the fifth. Three runs scored. Rendon was quickly 4-for-4 with nine RBIs. The game was only half over. Funny thing about that inning: Salis intentionally walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases and pitch to Rendon. Whoops.
By this point, the game was progressing toward being out of hand. The Nationals led10-5 at the end of the fifth. The Mets were burning through low-leverage relievers in an attempt to just get out of town and reset.
Rendon singled in the seventh for his fifth hit. His eighth-inning homer off Kevin Plawecki -- a backup catcher -- pushed the score to 23-5, Rendon's RBI total to 10 and his day to 6-for-6.
"High school, I had three home runs, but that's high school," Rendon said. "Not the RBIs, I don't think."
It was the 13th time a player had 10 or more RBIs in a game. The last time it happened was a decade prior when Garret Anderson did it for the Angels.
And, dating back to 1920, no player had gone 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in a nine-inning game until Rendon did it.
The 10 RBIs are a Nationals/Expos record. Rendon was also the third player in history with six hits and 10 RBIs in a game (Walker Cooper in 1949 and Jim Bottomley in 1924).
Rendon's previous career-high for RBIs in a game as four.
He, per usual, was unimpressed with himself afterward and cognizant of a detail everyone thinks about during a 3:37 nine-inning game.
"It was a long game," Rendon said.
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Looking back at Anthony Rendons 10 RBI performance originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington