Rojas’ first 3-homer game leads way for D-backs

    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.

CHICAGO — Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas, who had yet to record a home run this season, hit three of them Friday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs, becoming the 13th player in team history to accomplish the feat.

It was the first three-homer game of Rojas’ career. He is the fourth player to go deep three times in a game this season, joining Boston’s Trevor Story, the New York Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo and Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Rojas, 28, homered off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third and fifth innings, then hit one off reliever Mychal Givens in the seventh inning. He is the second player in Diamondbacks history to notch his first three home runs of a season in the same game, joining Erubiel Durazo in 2002.

The Diamondbacks and Cubs combined to hit 10 home runs through seven innings Friday, tied for the most in a game over the past three seasons.

Arizona joined the 2020 Chicago White Sox as the only visiting teams over the past 10 seasons to homer six times in a single game at Wrigley Field.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.

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