Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in Major League Baseball history to hit four home runs in a game and drove in a career-high eight runs as the Texas Rangers won 10-3 at Baltimore.
Hamilton, 30, hit two-run homers in the first, third, seventh and eighth innings -- each time with Elvis Andrus on base. He also doubled to deep right-center field in the fifth inning last night at the Orioles’ Camden Yards.
“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton told reporters. “It reminds you of when you’re in Little League and a little kid, and just the excitement and why we play the game. Things like that. You never know what can happen.”
Hamilton, who is earning $13.8 million this season and is eligible for free agency after this year, had 18 total bases to set an American League record. A home run is worth four total bases and a double counts for two.
Hamilton, the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2010, went 5-for-5 to raise his batting average this season to .406. He leads the major leagues with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs.
He is the first player to hit four homers in a game since Carlos Delgado did it for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 25, 2003. Hamilton also cleared the fence in his last at-bat the night before, giving him five homers in his last six plate appearances.
Andrus had two hits and a walk, and reached base in the eighth when he grounded into a force out.
“He kept hitting bombs and bombs,” Andrus told reporters. “It feels really good because I don’t have to run that hard to score.”
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