Josh Hamilton went 5-for-5 with a double and four home runs, knocking in eight as the Rangers pummeled the O's 10-3 on Tuesday night.
Yup. The four long balls in a game are the most by a player since 2003, and Hamilton's 18 total bases set an AL record. Simply put, it was a bit embarrassing.
Jake Arrieta became the latest starter to turn in their worst start of the season after turning in their best the start before. After shutting out the Yankees over eight innings without surrendering a single walk, Arrieta walked the second Ranger he faced before serving up Hamilton's first long ball. Arrieta (2-3) settled in and went 6 1/3 innings but was charged with six runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out three. He allowed three homers, two coming off Hamilton's bat.
Hamilton ended up going deep against each pitcher he faced. Lefty Troy Patton pitched a scoreless ninth, but he didn't have to face the slugger...
Nick Markakis broke out of his slump, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a solo home run. J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, as he continues to swing a hot bat as of late.
Texas has now outscored the Birds 24-6 over the past two games. Let's hope the O's can take the next two games and split the series...Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound on Wednesday night. Let's Go O's!