The Rangers slugger belted out four home runs in a single game, giving Texas a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game, launching a quartet of two-run bombs against three different pitchers.
Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, hit another dinger off Zach Phillips in the seventh, and hit a fourth one off of Darren O’Day for good measure.
“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said. “I was saying after I hit two I’ve never hit three in a game before, and what a blessing that was. Then to hit four is just an awesome feeling, to see how excited my teammates got.
“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. It was just an absolute blessing.”
His 18 total bases is a new single-game AL record, and his eight RBIs are a career high.
“Amazing,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Josh came out tonight, and he wasn’t going to be denied.”
The last player to hit four home runs in a single game was Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2003y.
“History was witnessed tonight,” Washington said.
Props to the crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards who gave Hamilton a nice ovation after he hit his fourth homer. The O’s may have lost, but the crowd knew they were witnessing something special.
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