May 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Baltimore Orioles’ first three batters each hit a home run to open the bottom of the first inning against the Texas Rangers, setting an American League record.
Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis gave the Orioles a 3-0 advantage in the first inning. Baltimore held on to win the first game in a double header 6-5.
Hardy also was the second batter the last time a first inning began with three straight homers, on Sept. 9, 2007, when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, the third National League team to record the feat.
After 18 batters were retired, the Orioles came back in the seventh inning with a solo homer by Adam Jones and a two-run homer by Wilson Betemit. All the home runs were off Rangers’ pitcher Colby Lewis (3-2), who also had a career high 12 strikeouts.
The Orioles lost 7-3 in the night game as Josh Hamilton hit his Major League Baseball-leading 15th home run. Hamilton hit four homers in a 10-3 win May 8 against Baltimore to tie a major league record.
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