B.J. Upton's power display overshadowed a tremendous pitching performance by teammate James Shields.
Upton hit three home runs, Shields threw a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Sunday.
''You kind of dream about doing things like that and they don't happen very often,'' Upton said. ''And to do that against a Ranger ballclub that pitches pretty well is a great feeling.''
Upton hit solo homers in the first, fourth and sixth innings. He struck out in second, and received a standing ovation before hitting a broken-bat grounder to third in the eighth.
''They were talking to me about (hitting a fourth home run) in the dugout, but I wasn't trying to do that,'' Upton said. ''I broke that bat and I wasn't too happy about that.''
Upton joined Evan Longoria (2008) and Jonny Gomes (2005) as the only Tampa Bay players with three-homer games.
''He's player of the game as far as I'm concerned,'' Shields said. ''Three home runs in one game ... it's probably the f...