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Cardinals become 11th team in MLB history to hit four straight home runs, blast Phillies in first inning

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Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Cardinals made history against right-hander Kyle Gibson. They just became the 11th team in history to hit four straight home runs. Or, in the possibly tongue-twisting manner of saying it, they went back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

The inning started innocently enough, as Gibson retired the first two batters before a single to Paul Goldschmidt. Then Nolan Arenado went yard and it was on. Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson followed with longballs of their own:

As noted, this had only happened 10 times before. A quick rundown:

  • 2020 White Sox, Aug. 16: Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, Eloy Jiménez
  • 2019 Nationals, June 9: Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon
  • 2017 Nationals, July 27: Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman
  • 2010 Diamondbacks, Aug. 11: Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, Stephen Drew
  • 2008 White Sox, Aug. 14: Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Juan Uribe
  • 2007 Red Sox, April 22: Manny Ramirez, JD Drew, Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek
  • 2006 Dodgers, Sept. 18: Jeff Kent, JD Drew, Russell Martin, Marlon Anderson
  • 1964 Twins, May 2: Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew
  • 1963 Indians, July 31: Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, Larry Brown
  • 1961 Braves, June 8: Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, Frank Thomas

There’s the possibility of some fun trivia in there.

The Cardinals — who ended up winning Saturday’s game, 7-6, thanks to another Arenado homer in the ninth inning — trail the Brewers by just one game in the NL Central.

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