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Dwight Smith Jr. robs home run, hits one to lead Orioles to win

Dwight Smith Jr. enjoyed a memorable game in Tuesday’s 9-1 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox, as the Baltimore Orioles outfielder first robbed a home run then later hit one of his own.

In the top of the 2nd inning and the game scoreless, White Sox centerfielder Adam Engel uncorked upon an Andrew Cashner offering. With two outs and a man on second, Smith sprinted back to the warning track and acrobatically pulled back what should have been a homer for Engel before bouncing off the outfield wall padding and tumbling to the ground.

“I didn’t know how far it was going to go,” Smith said, via ESPN, “but as soon as I saw it dropping down, I knew I had a chance at it.”

“It was a huge catch,” Cashner added. “I made a bad pitch. Changeup down the middle. That’s one of the pitches a guy beats you on. Big change in the game.”

Then in the 4th inning, Smith smashed a three-run homer.

In something of an early-season statistical anomaly, Smith is already the third player this season to steal away a home run and hit a home run in the same game, joining the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and Twins’ Eddie Rosario to accomplish the feat. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that occurred only eight times in all of last season.

When asked whether hitting the home run or robbing another of one was more memorable, Smith didn’t hesitate.

“The robbery,” Smith said, smiling. “That was the first of my career. It felt sick.”