Diamondbacks’ Josh Rojas hits three home runs against Cubs, becomes fourth player this season to achieve feat

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Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas hit three homers in a 9-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon (box score). In doing so, Rojas became the fourth player this year to score the hat trick.

Rojas, who entered the afternoon after hitting .250/.367/.250 (84 OPS+) in his first 13 games this season, has delivered solo shots in the first and seventh. He added a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He also wasn’t the only member of the Diamondbacks roster to hit multiple home runs, with outfielder David Peralta uncorking a pair himself.

Friday marked Rojas’ third career multi-home game. He played two home games last June, a week apart: first on June 5 against the Milwaukee Brewers, then on June 12 against the Los Angeles Angels. CBS Sports named Rojas as the Diamondbacks breakout player before the season.

As mentioned in the intro, Rojas is the fourth player this season to complete a three-home run game. He’s second in the past 24 hours, with Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story himself throwing three home runs against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Previously, Anthony Rizzo and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had each accomplished the feat in April.

The Diamondbacks entered Friday with 12 games in their existence in which a batter hit three or more homers. The most recent event came in the 2018 season, when AJ Pollock did it against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The franchise record for most home runs in a single game still belongs to JD Martinez, who homered four in a blowout win over the Dodgers in September 2017.

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