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Delgado Puts On a 4 Show

Blue Jay slugger is the 15th player to hit four home runs in a game after reaching 300 with his first blast.

September 26, 2003|From Associated Press

TORONTO — Carlos Delgado sure woke up in a big way.

The Toronto slugger took cold medicine and a nap before the game, then hit four home runs Thursday night to become the 15th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Delgado connected in all four of his at-bats, leading the Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-8. His first homer of the game was the 300th of his career.

"I can't think of any other way to explain it, it just kind of happened," he said. "It seems like everything you hit goes into the air and goes out. I wish I could do it more often."

Delgado was the first player to homer four times in a game since former Toronto teammate Shawn Green did it for the Dodgers on May 23, 2002, against Milwaukee.

Delgado was the fifth American League player to homer four times, the first since Mike Cameron for Seattle on May 2, 2002, against the Chicago White Sox.

Lou Gehrig, Rocky Colavito and Pat Seerey are the other American League players to do it.

Delgado's record-tying shot came leading off the eighth inning, a long drive to center field that tied the score at 8-8.

Delgado flipped his bat and his teammates threw up their arms when he connected on a 2-2 pitch from Lance Carter to match the mark.

"I was pretty fired up. I'm not going to lie to you," Delgado said. "As you can tell with the bat flip. I didn't know what I was doing. I was on Cloud Nine out there and enjoying it."

Once Delgado returned to the dugout, he took off his helmet and acknowledged the cheers from the crowd of 13,408 at SkyDome.

Delgado wasn't feeling good before the game. He said he had a cold and took antibiotics.

"I forgot about it," Delgado said. "I took a little nap before the game. You can't predict what's going to happen in a baseball game. It's definitely the best day in my baseball career."

The All-Star first baseman was the sixth player to homer in four consecutive at-bats in one game. Cameron also did it.

Delgado became the 98th player to reach 300 career homers with a three-run shot off Jorge Sosa in the first inning.

The ball hit off Windows restaurant and bounced back into center field. Delgado asked for the ball as he rounded the bases.

Delgado's solo drive in the fourth gave Toronto a 4-1 lead, and he added another solo homer in the sixth off Joe Kennedy that tied it at 6-6.

Delgado finished his big night with homer No. 41. The six RBIs matched a career high and the league leader in RBIs now has 141 this season, setting a club record.

"It was unbelievable. I'll always remember this," teammate Vernon Wells said. "When he's going good there is no telling what he'll accomplish. It's something I'll never forget."

Delgado got three of the balls, including the last one. He said he would give the record-tying souvenir to his mom.

Toronto General Manager J.P. Ricciardi said Delgado might have earned himself the AL MVP award with this performance.

"Tonight might be the thing that just catapults him in front of everybody else," Ricciardi said.

Overall, it marked the fifth time Delgado has hit at least three homers in a game and his 36th multihomer game. His last three-homer game came April 20, 2001, at Kansas City.

"It was a Herculean effort," Tampa Bay Manager Lou Piniella said. "It's only been done five times in the American League. Delgado is capable of getting into those grooves."

After Delgado's last homer, Eric Hinske tripled and Bobby Kielty hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Mike Bordick then homered to give Toronto a 10-8 lead.

Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff hit his 34th home run, tying Jose Canseco for the club record.

Huff's solo shot off Dan Reichert in the seventh gave Tampa Bay a 7-6 lead, but Reed Johnson hit an RBI single in the bottom half.

Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford had an infield single off Reichert, stole second and scored on Rocco Baldelli's two-out single.

Trever Miller (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Carter (7-5) took the loss.

Julio Lugo homered in his fourth consecutive game for the Devil Rays, who need to win one of their last three games at home against Boston to avoid 100 losses for the third year in a row.

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Four Masters

Players who have hit four home runs in a major league game:

*--* PLAYER (Batted) TEAM DATE *CARLOS DELGADO (L) Toronto Blue Jays Sept. 25, 2003 SHAWN GREEN (L) Dodgers May 23, 2002 *MIKE CAMERON (R) Seattle Mariners May 2, 2002 MARK WHITEN (SW) St. Louis Cardinals Sept. 7, 1993 BOB HORNER (R) Atlanta Braves July 6, 1986 *MIKE SCHMIDT (R) Philadelphia Phillies April 17, 1976 (10 inn.) WILLIE MAYS (R) San Francisco Giants April 30, 1961 *ROCKY COLAVITO (R) Cleveland Indians June 10, 1959 JOE ADCOCK (R) Milwaukee Braves July 31, 1954 GIL HODGES (R) Brooklyn Dodgers Aug. 31, 1950 PATRICK SEEREY (R) Chicago White Sox July 18, 1948 (11 inn.) CHUCK KLEIN (L) Philadelphia Phillies July 10, 1936 (10 inn.) *LOU GEHRIG (L) New York Yankees June 3, 1932 ED DELAHANTY (R) Philadelphia Phillies July 13, 1896 *BOBBY LOWE (R) Boston Braves May 30, 1894

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Four in a Game by the Numbers

Toronto's Carlos Delgado hit four home runs in the Blue Jays' 10-8 victory over Tampa Bay to become the ...

15th major league player to accomplish the feat

6th player to do it in consecutive at-bats

5th American League player

4th first baseman and left-handed hitter

1st since Dodgers' Shawn Green on May 23, 2002

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