If you have any remaining doubt that something strange is going on around the Orioles, take note of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, which featured another handful of historically rare events.
First, let's review. The Orioles won Sunday's 17-inning game with designated hitter Chris Davis becoming the first position player to earn a victory since Rocky Colavito in 1968. Tuesday night, Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a nine-inning game.
So, what happens in the first inning on Thursday -- following Wednesday night's rainout? The Orioles open their half of the first inning with three consecutive home runs, something that had never happened before in American League history. Amazing.
While we're on the subject, Ranger pitcher Colby Lewis, who was the victim of that first-inning home hat trick, made a little history of his own. He became the first major league pitcher since 1918 to strike out 10 or more batters (12) and give up five home runs in the same game. He also was only the second pitcher since 1918, joining Charlie Hough in 1989, to pitch seven or more innings, give up five or more home runs and not give up any other hits.
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