Lonnie Chisenhall swats 3 homers, drives in 9 for Indians
Posts first 3-homer game by Cleveland player since Sept. 17, 2010
Lonnie Chisenhall drove in nine runs, tying a Cleveland record, and hit three homers among his five hits against the Texas Rangers in a 17-7 Indians victory.
Chisenhall had two-run home runs in the second and fourth innings Monday night before hitting a three-run shot down the right field line to give the Indians a 17-6 lead in the eighth.
"I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Chisenhall, who raised his batting average to .385 but needs more plate appearances to quality for the league lead. "I'm enjoying it as much as I can. I don't know the history of it, who's done it in the past."
The history is pretty exclusive.
Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5-for-5 with three homers and nine RBIs, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game, first since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.
"He just wasn't missing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said, who team is winless in the past seven series at home. "Breaking balls, fastballs, it didn't matter."
The other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James against Oakland on May 4, 1991.
It was the first three-homer game for the Indians since Sept. 17, 2010, by Shin-Soo Choo, who now plays for the Rangers.
Chisenhall also had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.
The homers and RBIs were career highs for Chisenhall. He had five hits earlier this season at Toronto.