Hamilton hits 4 homers for Rangers vs Orioles

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, right, high-fives third base coach Dave Anderson as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

May 8, 2012 6:49:22 PM PDT
Josh Hamilton has become the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game.

Facing the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers outfielder hit two-run homers in the first, third and seventh innings and added another in the eighth off of Darren O'Day to tie the major league record. He also doubled in the fifth, going 5 for 5 with a career-high eight RBI.

The 18 total bases is a new single-game American League record.

The last player to hit four home runs in a game was Carlos Delgado on Sept. 25, 2003, for Toronto against Tampa Bay.

Two of the 16 players to hit four homers in a game did it before 1900. Hamilton is the sixth AL player to perform the feat.

Hamilton leads the AL with 14 homers and 36 RBIs and is batting .406.

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