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Gonzalez conks four homers for Arizona

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2004

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks went going, going, Gonzo over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Luis Gonzalez homered in his first three at-bats and drove in four runs, and the Diamondbacks pounded the Mets 12-8 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Gonzalez said he felt so good when he came to the ballpark that he skipped batting practice.

''The first swings I took were in the game today,'' he said. ''I felt like I was taking a lot of swings early in batting practice, so I just wanted to take a day off from hitting and just go into the game and see what happens.''

Gonzalez had two chances for a fourth homer, but struck out looking in the fifth inning and grounded out to second in the eighth, leaving him with his second career three-homer game.

''Of course I thought about it,'' he said of his shot at a four-homer game. ''I mean, I have a chance to make history.''

Chad Tracy and Steve Finley also homered as Arizona tied its club record with five home runs in a game. Tracy, moved to the leadoff spot for the first time this season, also tripled and drove in three runs.

The Mets' Mike Cameron is one of 15 major leaguers to hit four home runs in a game, and he thought Gonzalez would be No. 16 after his three homers in four innings.

Amercian League

Indians 10, Red Sox 6

BOSTON -- Ben Broussard hit two of Cleveland's eight doubles, and the Indians snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Ronnie Belliard had two hits to raise his AL-leading batting average to .383, and scored a pair of runs for Cleveland.

Blue Jays 9, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Switch-hitter Orlando Hudson hit the first two homers of his career right-handed and drove in four runs, leading Toronto over Kansas City.

Reed Johnson went 3-for-5 with a homer for Toronto, which won its sixth straight and extended its winning streak at Kauffman Stadium to eight games.

The Royals (9-21) are off to their worst start after 30 games since the 1992 team started 8-22.

Juan Gonzalez hit a solo homer off Pat Hentgen (2-2) in the seventh for Kansas City, giving him 1,400 career RBIs. Hentgen struck out a season-high five in 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks.

Brian Anderson (1-4) lost his fourth straight start, giving up eight runs -- four unearned -- and 13 hits.



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