BY: Richard W. Humphrey
Texas beat Baltimore 10-3 Tuesday night at Camden Yards, but there was really just one story – Josh Hamilton. The Rangers’ center fielder became just the 16th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game. He did so against three different pitchers with the last one coming off his former teammate Darren O’Day. He drove in eight runs and was 5-5 on the evening adding a double in his third at bat. That ran his total base total to an American League record 18 on the night and raised his batting average to .406. REMARKABLE! It’s simply too many club and American League records to recount here.
Hamilton now leads the A. L. in the three offensive triple crown categories. He has 14 home runs and 36 RBIs to go with the .406 average.
Ranger manager Ron Washington said after the game, “I told him before the game to go out and put on a show, and he did”. It was simply the most remarkable offensive game in A. L. history.
The offensive explosion supported Ranger starting pitcher Neftali Feliz. who won his second game of the year against one loss. He scattered four hits and a lone Orioles’ run over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two – a credible performance. His pitch count at 105 was high for six innings, but his ERA dropped to 3.38.
Three relievers finished up the game with Robbie Ross getting tagged for a pair of home runs to bring the Orioles’ final tally to three.
The win is the second in a row for Texas and assures at least a split in this four game series, halting the team’s series losing streak at three. Colby Lewis (3-1, 2,97) faces Baltimore’s Chen Wei-Yin (2-0, 2.76) in game three of the series Wednesday evening.
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