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Gregory Polanco makes history with five hit game, home run, in just fourth career game

Gregory Polanco lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 win win over the Florida Marlins on Friday night as the Pirates pulled within one game of .500.
Polanco broke a 6-6 tie in the 13th inning, hitting a two-run homer, delivering the Pirates the win.
Friday night was likely a sign of things to come.
“That could have been a coming-out party for him,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Very exciting to watch. I hope we get to watch for a long time.”
Polanco went 5-for-7, with a home run, two RBI and scored three times. He also made a run-saving catch in right field.
Polanco made history with his big night.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, “Polanco had five hits and a homer in a game quicker than any other player in baseball’s modern era (since 1900).He became the first player in 81 years to have five hits in a game within the first four games of his career, since Cecil Travis of the 1933 Washington Senators (who had five hits in his debut). He’s also the first Pirates player to have at least eight hits in the first four games of his career since Jack Merson in 1951.”

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