Alex Rodriguez continues to pummel baseballs.
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This marked the fifth three-homer game of Rodriguez’s career, one shy of Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa’s major-league record.
It’s his third three-homer game for the Yankees. That’s tied with Joe DiMaggio for second-most, one behind Lou Gehrig’s four.
Rodriguez’s 62 multi-homer games rank tied for sixth all-time. He has the same number as Hank Aaron. Babe Ruth holds the major-league record with 72.
Rodriguez is approaching his 40th birthday. He’s the fifth-oldest player to hit three home runs in a game, trailing Stan Musial (age 41), Jason Giambi (40), Reggie Jackson (40) and Babe Ruth (40).
High, far and gone
Rodriguez’s three home runs were calculated at 1,308 feet. That’s nearly a quarter-mile worth of home runs.
Rodriguez also has four of the five longest home runs hit by Yankees players this season.
Perkins flummoxed again
Twins closer Glen Perkins, who entered 29-for-30 in save chances this season, blew this one by allowing the home run to Rodriguez.
It was Rodriguez’s first at-bat against Perkins since the 2009 season, but he hasn’t forgotten how to hit him. He’s now 6-for-10 with two home runs against Perkins in his career.
All three of Rodriguez’s home runs in this game came against left-handed pitching. He has eight home runs in 88 at-bats against lefties this season.
Perkins has blown two of his last three save chances.
An impressive win
Beyond the individual accomplishment, this was a tremendous win by the Yankees, one capped by John Ryan Murphy’s second career home run, a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning.
On a humorous note, at Murphy’s pace (two home runs in 192 career at-bats), it would take him nearly 65,000 more at-bats to surpass Rodriguez’s current total of 677.
This marked the first time the Yankees rallied from five runs down to win since overcoming a nine-run deficit to beat the Red Sox in 2012.
Did you know?
This is the sixth time that a no-hitter and three-homer game happened in the same day. It's the second time this season. Chris Heston's no-hitter came on the same day that Joey Votto hit three home runs in a game.
It's the first time that this combination has happened twice in the same season.