Orioles third baseman Manny Machado joined a select group of players in team history by swatting home runs in the first, second, and third innings of Sunday's 10-2 romp of the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Machado's big start marked the 21st time in team history a player has homered three times in a single game, and the first since first baseman Chris Davis did it on May 20, 2014 at Pittsburgh.
Machado is the ninth player in major league history to homer in three consecutive innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he's the first player with three home runs in the first three innings of a game since May 2, 2002 when Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron did it. Cameron hit four home runs that game, which was also at U.S. Cellular Field.
Machado was the second player in major league history to homer in each of the first three innings of a game, and first since Carl Reynolds did it for the White Sox in 1930, according to STATS, LLC.
As a team, the Orioles had five home runs in the first three innings Sunday, with Davis breaking his career-long homerless streak with a second-inning blast and shortstop J.J. Hardy adding his fifth of the season.
Machado had three opportunities to add a fourth, which would have been a team record, but grounded out twice and lined out to center field.
"I was trying," Machado said. "I was trying. I’m not even going to lie. The pitchers came out there. I get lucky sometimes, and sometimes, they make great pitches. They made three good pitches that I wasn’t able to get out. But I was trying. I was trying real hard."
Here's a list of Orioles Machado joins with his three-homer game, per Baseball Reference:
Davis – May 20, 2014 vs. Pittsburgh
Davis – Aug. 24, 2012 vs. Toronto
Nick Markakis – Aug. 22, 2006 vs. Minnesota
Albert Belle – July 25, 1999 vs. Anaheim
Roberto Alomar – April 26, 1997 vs. Boston
Cal Ripken – May 28, 1996 vs. Seattle
Randy Milligan – June 9, 1990 vs. New York
Juan Beniquez – June 12, 1986 vs. New York
Lee Lacy – June 8, 1986 vs. New York
Eddie Murray – July 26, 1985 vs. California
Dan Ford – July 20, 1983 vs. Seattle
Murray – Sept. 14, 1980 vs. Toronto
Murray – Aug. 29, 1979 vs. Minnesota
Don Baylor – July 2, 1975 vs. Detroit
Bobby Grich – June 18, 1974 vs. Minnesota
Paul Blair – April 29, 1970 vs. Chicago
Curt Blefary –June 6, 1967 vs. California
Boog Powell – Aug. 15, 1966 vs. Boston
Powell – June 27, 1964 vs. Washington
Powell – Aug. 10, 1963 vs. Washington