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Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph homers into history books

Caleb Joseph homered his way into franchise history on Saturday, becoming the first Orioles catcher and the first rookie to hit a home run in five straight games.

Joseph's two-run shot in the second inning off Cardinals pitcher John Lackey gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead; it just cleared the left-center-field fence and the outstretched glove of St. Louis centerfielder Jon Jay.

He is now one shy of the Orioles record for consecutive games with a home run, set by Chris Davis in 2012 and Reggie Jackson in 1976.

He's also one game away from tying the major league record for consecutive games with a homer by a catcher. That mark belongs to former New York Giants catcher Walker Cooper, who homered in six straight games from June 22-28, 1947.

Joseph is the 14th different catcher in major league history in to homer in five straight games, a feat last accomplished by Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco in June. He's the first American League player to do it since A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox from July 30 to August 5, 2012.

Heading into Saturday's game, Joseph was one of three Orioles catchers to homer in four straight games, joining Ramon Hernandez (2006) and Gus Triandos (1959). Joseph and Jay Gibbons (2001) were the only Orioles rookies to homer in four straight games.

After opening Saturday's game 2-for-3, Joseph is hitting .366 with five homers and nine RBIs since July 22.

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