Nats' Rendon goes 6-for-6, with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs

Nats' Rendon goes 6-for-6, with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs on Sunday against the New York Mets, becoming just the second player in Major League Baseball history to have a game that included six hits, three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Walker Cooper is the other player. He went 6-for-7 when he had three home runs and 10 RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs on July 6, 1949.

“I may have had three home runs in high school,” Rendon said of his historic game, “but never like that with the RBI.”

Rendon is just the fourth player in the modern era (since 1900) to go 6-for-6 and have at least three home runs in a single game, joining Ty Cobb (for the Tigers on May 5, 1925), Edgardo Alfonzo (for the Mets on Aug. 30, 1999) and Shawn Green (for the Dodgers on May 23, 2002). Green hit four home runs in his 6-for-6 game.

Rendon became the 13th player in major league history to drive in 10 or more in a game, and the first since Garret Anderson did it for the Los Angeles Angels in 2007.

The third baseman said he had a small idea of the history he was making.

“I was aware of some of it,” Rendon said. “And then [Stephen] Drew came up to me, and after I hit the double to right-center, I think that made it nine [RBIs]. I think he told me, ‘That’s a record. I’m glad I was here to watch it.’ That’s when I knew for sure.”

Rendon, who came into Sunday’s game with five RBIs on the season, set a Nationals franchise record with his single-game RBI total.

“It was nice to see Anthony get going today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We just have to build on it. We’ve got a long way to go and hopefully a lot more runs to score.”

Rendon’s three home runs came off Sean Gilmartin in the third and fourth and catcher Kevin Plawecki in the eighth inning.

Plawecki became the first Mets position player to pitch in a game since another backup catcher, Anthony Recker, did so on June 30, 2013 — also against the Nationals.

Rendon had nine RBIs by the fifth inning Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rendon become the first player to have nine RBIs by the fifth inning of a game since Alex Rodriguez accomplished the feat for the New York Yankees on April 26, 2005 against the Angels. Rodriguez finished that game with 10 RBIs.

The last National League player to have nine RBIs through five innings was Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves on Aug. 31, 1950.

The Mets had never allowed an opposing batter to have 10 RBIs in a game before Sunday.

The Nationals beat the Mets 23-5, the most runs they have scored in a single game in franchise history.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.

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Published at Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:40:22 +0000

Toothless Thomas: C's star eyes fast dental fix

BOSTON — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lost a front tooth during Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards and the team’s initial efforts to reinsert it were unsuccessful.

That didn’t stop Thomas from scoring a game-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting over 38 minutes while helping the Celtics rally from a 17-point deficit for a 123-111 triumph at TD Garden.

Thomas plans to have the tooth professionally reinserted; it came back out after the team repositioned it in the first half.

“It just bothers me to talk. My tongue goes right through my tooth,” a lispy Thomas said at his postgame news conference. “I’ve never had dental problems so this is new. I’ve always had teammates that I’ve always clowned them about the tooth being out and now I’m one of them. So hopefully we can replace it as soon as possible.”

Midway through the first quarter, Thomas was chasing Otto Porter Jr. as he received a pass while curling at the top of the key. Thomas swiped at the ball and his mouth hit Porter’s elbow, knocking out one of his top front teeth.

During the next stoppage, Thomas retrieved the tooth near the 3-point line and delivered it to team trainer Ed Lacerte. Team doctors attempted to reinsert the tooth when Thomas checked out later in the first quarter, but Thomas said it eventually fell out.

Thomas said he hoped to have a dentist reattach the tooth as soon as possible. Teammates told Thomas he should keep the toothless look for the playoffs.

“He looks a little tougher. I like it,” joked Celtics guard Avery Bradley. “I was making jokes during the game on the bench and I got him laughing, it was funny. There’s a guy from Seattle named Rodney Stuckey and he plays with a missing tooth and I told Isaiah he should go with that look for the rest of the playoffs. He laughed and said, ‘No, I’m getting it fixed tonight.’ He played well and definitely got our team going tonight.”

Thomas didn’t seem overly fazed when the tooth fell out. The Celtics were down 22-5 after Porter made the jumper that Thomas was trying to defend. Thomas responded with a pair of 3-pointers to help ignite Boston’s rally.

On the bench during a timeout, cameras caught Thomas, blood around his lips, smiling as team doctors examined the gap in his mouth.

“I wanted him to smile a little bit more. I don’t think he cracked a smile,” Jae Crowder said. “But it showed a little bit about what he’s about. Because he’s just going to keep playing no matter what. He’s a fighter, man. I’m sure he’ll get it fixed, but I just wanted him to smile just to show it off a little bit.”

The tooth brought a bit of levity for Thomas, who had flown to Tacoma, Washington, after Boston’s Game 6 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday to attend his sister’s funeral on Saturday.

Thomas didn’t land back in Boston until 4 a.m. on Sunday and was at the arena six hours later to go through the team’s pregame walk-through.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens marveled at what Thomas has been able to accomplish while grieving the loss of his sister, but the coach had some fun with the lost tooth.

“He and my 7-year-old daughter [Kinsley] just gave each other the open-tooth smile,” Stevens deadpanned. “And he just — he made both 3s right after it fell out. So maybe that tooth was holding him back a little. No, I feel bad for him because he’s going to have to have some pretty significant dental work.”

Added Stevens: “I think that obviously [losing a tooth] hurts and that’s not fun, but in comparison to what he’s gone through — even he was laughing and pseudo-smiling about it there for a while. But I think that what he’s been able to do is, I think I’ve used the word ‘unfathomable,’ and I’d stick with that. I can’t imagine being able to do it myself, if I were in the same situation. He’s incredible.”

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Published at Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:41:22 +0000