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Armed with his fantastic set of, uh, arms, Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen nudged the Phillies’ wild card dreams further out of reach in an 8-5 win Wednesday night, and became the second player in major league history to hit a home run, play a position in the field and earn the win in the same game. The first was none other than Babe Ruth, in 1921.

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Did Lorenzen pitch especially well? Ah, hmm, no, not really. He entered the game in the seventh inning to replace Robert Stephenson, the Reds ahead 5-4, and quickly gave up a game-tying home run to Jay Bruce.

But he stayed in through the next inning (the Reds climbed back to 6-5) and in the bottom of the eighth, hit his own two-run homer to give the Reds an 8-5 lead. He was redeployed to center field in the ninth, capping off this nice little tour of the thrills baseball has to offer.

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Per MLB Stats, since he entered the league in 2015, Lorenzen has seven home runs, the second-most for a pitcher in that timespan after Madison Bumgarner at 12.

Shohei Ohtani is trembling! Lorenzen is not. “To me, it’s just a funny little stat, like a baseball stat,” he said postgame. “I’m not too into the statistics like that, but I know for a lot of people it means a lot.”

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