Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has batted his way into the annals of Major League Baseball history…
The 32-year-old Puerto Rican baseball pro tied an American League record by going 6-for-6 on Tuesday to help the White Sox defeat Detroit Tigers 11-4.
The last-place White Sox, who had lost four straight, finished with season high in hits (23) and runs.
Rios became the 32nd AL player to have six hits in a nine-inning game and the first in franchise history since Lance Johnson pulled off the feat in 1995 at Minnesota.
Rios singled in the first, tripled in the third and also singled twice in the eighth inning. He also singled in the fifth and ninth innings.
“He’s as good as anybody in this league,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Tonight is indicative of that. He’s hitting and running the bases great.”
“It’s been the most fun we’ve had in a quite a while,” Rios said. “We’ve had some tough times, but it shows we haven’t quit.”
Cuban player Dayan Viciedo‘s second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth inning, and they scored three more runs in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring.
Meanwhile, Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer during the game, an impressive blast to left-center, in the eighth inning to give him a major league high 92 RBIs and .363 batting average.
He broke the franchise record for homers before the All-Star Game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season.