Hamilton hits four homers as Rangers rout Orioles

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Josh Hamilton became 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 the major league record for home runs in a game.
"I always wanted to hit three in a game, and I've never done that. Then, to get four, I really am thanking the Lord above," Hamilton said.
The last player to have four homers in a game was Toronto Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado on Sept. 25, 2003. No Texas player had accomplished the feat, and it had never been done at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Hamilton, who has a big-league-leading 14 home runs on the season, went deep in the first, third, seventh and eighth innings. He homered twice off Orioles starter Jake Arrieta and once each off relievers Zach Phillips and Darren O'Day. All four were two-run homers, and each time, Elvis Andrus was on base.
"It's like anything else, you do something good or something incredible happens, it takes a little bit for it to sink in," Hamilton said. "I think when I get away from everybody and I have some time to myself, I think it might then. All I can say, man, is it's an absolute blessing from above to be sitting up here and talking to you about this, to be in some good company. It's just awesome."
He said he felt good after taking indoor batting practice.
In the game, "I just tried to make solid contact where it was pitched, and that's what I did," he said. "It didn't matter what the count was. I felt like I was taking balls good tonight."
Orioles manager Buck 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.
"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," Showalter said. "He does a lot of things. He's one of the best players in the game."
Hamilton, who went 5-for-5, set an American League record with 18 total bases -- one shy of the major league record set by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green in 2002. Hamilton homered to center twice, left once and to right-center once.
His fifth hit: a mere double in the fifth inning.
"You don't try to hit home runs," Hamilton said.
Hamilton's average climbed to .406, while the eight-RBI night drove his season total to 36.
"That's the first time I've seen anything like that. A very, very special hitter," Arrieta said. "He's the type of guy that likes to jump on the first pitch. We did him a favor throwing him too many hittable pitches on the first pitch. He didn't miss tonight. You have to tip your cap to him."
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 for the Cleveland Indians against Baltimore on June 10, 1959.

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