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May 08, 2012

Rangers star Josh Hamilton has four-homer game Tuesday

BALTIMORE -- Center fielder Hamilton has hit four two-run homers, driven in a career-high eight runs and set an American League record for total bases (18) in a single game as the Rangers are beating Baltimore 10-3 in the eighth inning.

Hamilton became the first player in Rangers history to homer four times in one game, and also set club record and matched the major-league record extra base hits (five). It is the 16th four-homer game in major-league history.

Hamilton's homers came in the first and third inning against former TCU star Jake Arrieta; in the seventh against former Rangers farmhand Zach Phillips; and in the eighth off former Rangers reliever Darren O'Day.

The only time he hasn't homered was in his third at-bat in the fifth inning. He hit a line drive to center field that one-hopped the wall for a double.

He isn't expected to bat again in the game.

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 35 RBIs and is batting .406.

-- Jeff Wilson

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