Orioles Lead Off Game Against Rangers With 3 Straight Home Runs

Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hits at at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The Baltimore Orioles did something on Wednesday that hadn't been accomplished in almost five years.

Wednesday night's Rangers/Orioles game was rained out, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader Thursday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

TV cameras showed very few people in the seats for the beginning of Game 1, featuring Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen facing Texas' Colby Lewis.

They missed quite a show. Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis, the first three Oriole hitters in the bottom of the first inning, all homered off Lewis -- three home runs within eight pitches. For Flaherty, it was his first major league home run.

In case you were wondering if or when this sort of thing has happened before, here's the answer:

Hmmm. One of those names looks quite familiar -- J.J. Hardy was part of both of those back-to-back-to-back jacks. That Brewers game happened on September 9, 2007; the Milwaukee home runs were hit off Phil Dumatrait of the Reds, and the Brewers won 10-5, perhaps a good sign for Baltimore's chances in Wednesday's game, still in progress at this writing.

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