06/19/2004 11:19 PM ET
Rivera hits two taters in one inning
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
MONTREAL -- Expos outfielder Juan Rivera tied a Major League record by hitting two home runs in an inning against the White Sox on Saturday night.
He also came two RBIs short of tying a Major League record. Rivera drove in six in one inning, an Expos record.
The Major League record for RBIs in inning is eight, held by Fernando Tatis of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rivera did his damage against left-hander Arnie Munoz in the second inning.
With Orlando Cabrera on first base, Rivera took an 0-1 pitch and hit the ball over the left-center-field wall for his third homer of the season.
Munoz was still on the mound when Rivera hit a grand slam over the left-center field wall.
The Expos wound up scoring nine runs in the inning and winning the game, 17-14.
"I feel great because I hit two home runs in one inning and it was my first grand slam in the big leagues," Rivera said through interpreter/third base coach Manny Acta. "I was looking for a good pitch to drive and make good contact. I was able to get my pitches and I took advantage of it."
Rivera wound up going 2-for-5 in the game and never once thought about adding to his stats in the next three at-bats.
"I wasn't thinking about hitting (a third, fourth or fifth home run). I was trying to get quality at-bats," he said.
Rivera became the fourth Expos player -- John Boccabella, Andres Dawson twice and Mike Lansing are the others -- to hit two home runs in an inning.
The last player to hit two home runs in one inning in a Major League game was then-Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders on Aug. 20, 2003.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.