Going 6-for-6 and swiping two bases, Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios had a game for the ages on Tuesday night in Motown.
As a team, the White Sox collected 23 hits and scored over 10 runs for the first time all season in their 11-4 stomping of the Detroit Tigers. Starter Jose Quintana was brilliant and picked up his fourth win of the year, but Rios clearly outshined him and the rest of his teammates.
His performance Tuesday evening at Comerica Park was legendary and will put the 32-year-old outfielder in the history books forever. His six hits tied an American League record for a nine-inning game, and he became just the third player in baseball history to go 6-for-6 with two stolen bases. It was also the first six-hit game by a White Sox player since Lance Johnson tackled the feat back in 1995.
What was even more impressive of Rios’ historic night was the man he roughed up for the first four of his six hits, as Rios became the first player to get four hits in game off Justin Verlander.
For Rios, his record-tying game was much needed. The right-handed slugger posted a weak .248/.306/.337 triple-slash line in the month of June, and was having trouble stringing together productive at-bats. His six-hit outing will obviously help his statistics — it raised his batting average .014 points — but more importantly, it has the ability help him get on a roll and continue to give the Sox a productive middle-of-the lineup bat.