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Kernels: Lots of big numbers in last week

Our weekly look at the interesting and unusual in MLB noticed a lot of crooked numbers this week.

4: Hits and RBI for Tampa Bay Rays rookie Kevin Kiermaier on Wednesday. He's the third player in Rays history to have four hits including a grand slam, joining B.J. Upton in 2011 and Carl Crawford in 2007, and no player in franchise history had put up four hits and four RBI from the ninth spot in the order. He's also the first player in the live-ball era (anywhere in the batting order) to have four hits, one of them being a grand slam to score all four of his team's runs.

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5: Hits by Charlie Blackmon in the Colorado Rockies' loss on Saturday. Blackmon, of course, had a six-hit game earlier this year, making him the first player with one of each in a season since Raul IbaƱez did it in 2004. The three players to do it before that: Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Gwynn and Sammy Sosa.

6: Baltimore Orioles runs in the 11th inning on Monday. The Orioles had not scored six or more, in an inning numbered 11 or higher, since June 25, 1970, when they scored six times in the top of the 14th and defeated the Boston Red Sox 13-8.

Manny Machado capped the inning with a two-run homer for his fifth hit of the day. That was two days after Nelson Cruz's five-hit game in Boston. The last time two Orioles had five-hit games in such proximity to each other was back in 1974, when Tommy Davis and outfielder Rich Coggins did it on back-to-back days (July 25-26) against Cleveland.

Machado joined Gregory Polanco (June 13) as the only players this year to have a five-hit game that included an extra-inning homer. But it was a first in franchise history (to 1901).

8: Extra-base hits by the Chicago White Sox in back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They hadn't done that once at Fenway since 1980, and they became the first visiting team to do it in back-to-back games in Boston since June 1964. The New York Yankees collected 17 extra-base knocks (four from Tony Kubek and three from Mickey Mantle) in consecutive wins by scores of 10-6 and 8-4.

9: Inning in which Andrew McCutchen hit a game-tying homer on Saturday. Two innings later he went deep again as the Pittsburgh Pirates hung on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5. Elias tells us he is the first player in franchise history to hit both a tying homer and a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later of the same game.

The Reds hadn't surrendered a tying homer in the ninth and a go-ahead homer in extras to the same player since Jeff Heath of the Boston Braves connected on August 27, 1949. (Honorable mention, however, to Matt Adams, who hit two go-ahead homers against them last season.)

12: Hits collected by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday despite scoring just one run. The hits were spread over eight innings, with 11 of them being singles. It was just the second time in franchise history that Seattle had 12 hits in a game and scored only once; the other was a 6-1 loss to the Angels on April 18, 2005.

13 and 15: Runs scored by the Los Angeles Angels, first against Colby Lewis and in the entire game, on Thursday. Lewis was the first starter to allow 13 runs or more in an outing of less than three innings since Pat Caraway of the White Sox did it in 1931, and the first in franchise history to allow 13 or more in any outing.

The Angels scored 13 in the first three innings for the first time in a quarter-century (April 1989 against Seattle), while Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout became the second pair of one-two hitters in team history to each have four hits. Luis Polonia and Junior Felix did it in Milwaukee on September 2, 1991.

14 and 16: Runs scored by the Detroit Tigers in games this week. It was the first time Detroit had scored at least 14 runs twice in a three-game span since August 1993, when it won three straight from Baltimore, 15-1, 15-5, and 17-11, at Tiger Stadium.