Several teams got off to quick starts on Friday with five leadoff hitters going deep in the first inning. It marked the first time five leadoff home runs were hit on the same day since Aug. 17, 2006.
Four of those leadoff homers came in two games -- Astros at Orioles and Cubs at Rockies -- which was also last done on that mid-August date 10 years ago.
Houston's George Springer sparked the trend with a homer in the first at-bat at Camden Yards, and the Orioles responded with historic power surge, homering four times against Astros pitcher Collin McHugh in the bottom of the first. Those four home runs -- by Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo -- matched the Major League record for the first inning. It was the eighth time a big league club has accomplished the feat.
Baltimore also became the first team since 1900 to go deep four times before recording an out. In total, the Astros and O's combined for nine home runs in the 15-8 Houston victory.
"I don't know if I've ever been blitzed like that before in my career," McHugh said. "Today's game in general was kind of a crazy game. To start out like that was obviously not the way you draw it up."
The Cubs and Rockies picked up right where the O's and Astros left off. After a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay, Dexter Fowler made up for lost time by getting his Cubs on the board immediately with a leadoff homer to center field. Colorado's David Dahl replicated the feat, sending his fourth career home run into left field in the home half.
The last time five players delivered leadoff homers in the same day, they were hit by the Orioles' Brian Roberts, the Yankees' Johnny Damon, the Brewers' Corey Hart, the Royals' David DeJesus and the White Sox Pablo Ozuna. Roberts and Damon did so in the same game at Yankee Stadium, as did DeJesus and Ozuna, at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.