Scooter turns slugger, ties MLB record with 4 homers

His 10 ribbies tied a club record on top of becoming just the 17th player in MLB history to stroke 4 seat-denters in a single game, which has numerous talking heads wondering if it was the single greatest offensive game in the long, long history of Major League Baseball.

Gennett is not the first player with minor league ties to Colorado Springs to join that short list with four home runs in an MLB game. On a night that will go down in baseball lore, the 27-year-old got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single before blasting four home runs in his next four at-bats.

Gennett started his night by hitting a grand slam; by the end of what became a blowout win over the rival St. Louis Cardinals, he had more than doubled his home run production for the year, to seven. Cincinnati is 13-3 in Arroyo's last 16 home starts against a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 home games.

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run and his fourth overall in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. "And he said 'Scooter Gennett.' ..."

The 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor retired 16 in a row over one stretch, showing signs of rounding into form after a bumpy start to the season.

Wainwright's streak of scoreless innings ended at 17 in the first.

Whit Merrifield, who had his 19-game hitting streak snapped Monday, hit a bases-clearing double with two outs in the eighth to make it 7-7 after the Royals trailed 7-1. He had only one prior multi-homer game, during a 22-game stretch in which he hit.429 with 33 hits.

Baltimore trailed 4-1 after six innings and 5-3 in the ninth before coming back. He is also the first Reds player to ever accomplish the feat.

CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs as the surging Chicago Cubs beat Miami for a season-high fifth straight win. He is the 14th guy to plate 10 runs in a single game. Gennett lined it 377 feet into the stands in right for his fourth home run of the game.

Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett is lifted up by Eugenio Suarez as he celebrates his four-homer game. He is 9-4 career against Cincinnati. It's his 12th start of the season and his 277th as a Red, in continuation of a remarkable comeback story after he missed more than two full seasons due to multiple surgeries.

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