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Ellsbury makes history, matches Lofton's mark

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Philadelphia (WOIO) - Jacoby Ellsbury could not be stopped. The Rex Sox centerfielder made history on Thursday night, stealing five bases to break the club's record for stolen bases in a game.

Ellsbury was able to reach base five times in the game with three hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

"Single-handedly, he changed the game," said Red Sox manager John Farrell when asked about Ellsbury's performance. Farrell said that when a player can reach base that many times in a game it puts the pressure on the defense. The Red Sox were able to coast to a 9-2 victory over the Phillies.

As many Tribe fans can tell you, Ellsbury is not the only player to steal five bases in a game. Kenny Lofton accomplished the feat for the Tribe on Sept. 3, 2000, against the Orioles. Lofton is the Indians' club leader in steals with 452. Second on the list is Omar Vizquel with 279.

The MLB record for stolen bases in a single game dates all the way back to 1881, when George Gore stole seven times for the Chicago White Stockings. Gore shares the record with Billy Hamilton of the Phillies who also stole seven in 1894.

 

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