ARLINGTON, Texas — Kendrys Morales sent Angels public relations officials scurrying for the record books Monday night, hitting a two-run home run from the left side of the plate and a grand slam from the right side in a nine-run sixth inning to lead the Angels to a 15-8 victory over the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Morales became the third player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in one inning, joining the Chicago Cubs’ Mark Bellhorn, who accomplished the feat on Aug. 29, 2002, against Milwaukee, and Cleveland’s Carlos Baerga, who did it on April 8, 1993, against the New York Yankees.
His six runs batted in were a franchise record for RBIs in an inning and the most by a major leaguer since San Francisco’s Juan Uribe had six RBIs in the second inning against the Cubs on Sept. 23, 2010.
Morales became only the second player in Angels history to hit two homers in one inning, joining Rick Reichardt, who homered twice in one inning on April 30, 1966. It marked the 13th time the Angels have had a player hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a game.