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Record 62 Home Runs Hit

July 03, 2002|From Associated Press

A record 62 home runs were hit in the major leagues Tuesday night, breaking the mark of 57 set April 7, 2000.

Jay Gibbons' second homer of the game for Baltimore against the Angels' Scott Schoeneweis broke the record.

The hitters didn't stop after that.

The Dodgers' Eric Karros connected against Arizona's Greg Swindell, Oakland's Olmedo Saenz hit a game-winning two-run shot against Minnesota's Eddie Guardado, and Kansas City's Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez homered against Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki.

Ibanez's homer was his second of the day, making him a record ninth player to hit at least two in a game Tuesday. The previous mark was eight, on May 19, 1999.

There were 30 homers hit in the American League, topped by a record-tying 12 in Chicago's 17-9 victory over Detroit.

San Francisco and Colorado combined for 10 of the 32 homers in the NL in the Giants' 18-5 victory at Coors Field.

San Francisco's Damon Minor, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homered twice, and the Giants became the 16th team to have three players with multiple homers in a game. Barry Bonds, who set the major league record with 73 last season, didn't hit any.

Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar of the Chicago White Sox, Detroit's Dmitri Young, Houston's Lance Berkman also homered twice.

Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 28th homer for the Chicago Cubs, one more than Berkman.

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