An outfielder for five seasons with the Florida Marlins, Cody Ross hit 80 home runs during his time in South Florida. He’s one of just three Marlins, however, tohomer three times in one game.
Ross became the second player in club history to accomplish the feat on this day 15 years ago. Ross joined Mike Lowell when he recorded three blasts in a 16-5 victory over the New York Mets on Sept. 11, 2006.
Lowell homered three times in a road win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004. Following the first game of a three-game set against the Mets at Dolphins Stadium, the former All-Star third basemen no longer stood alone.
The Marlins held a 1-0 lead when Ross came to the plate to face Mets’ starter David Williams with two on and two outs in the bottom of the first. Ross worked the count full before taking Williams deep on a 3-2 pitch to give Florida a four-run advantage.
The lead was 6-2 as Ross came to bat in the third. With one out and no one on, Ross settled for an infield single. Dan Uggla homered to open the bottom of the fourth for Florida to make it 7-2, but Ross would fly out later in the inning. It would be the only out he would record on the day.
Florida led 8-3 as the bottom of the sixth got underway. After Josh Willingham homered to open the inning, Wes Helm doubled to bring Ross to the plate to face Heath Bell. After taking two pitches for balls, Ross blasted Bell’s third delivery over the left field wall for a two-run blast.
Up 12-3 at the seventh-inning stretch, Ross capped a four-run seventh with his third homer of the day. In an inning where Jason Wood delivered an RBI double and Helms an RBI groundout, Ross again worked the count full, this time against Royce Ring. On the payoff pitch, Ross again went to left for another two-run bomb.
Ross not only tied a club record for home runs, but RBIs as well, finishing the day with seven during a 4-for-5 afternoon. Uggla was 5-for-5 in the victory with three runs scored. Miguel Cabrera plated three runs. Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran each homered for the Mets in the loss.
It would be 14 years later before another Marlins’ hitter homered three times in one game. Brian Anderson was the most recent to accomplish the feat in the second game of a doubleheader against the Phillies at home in 2020.
Ross was the lone Marlin to homer three times at the team’s original home stadium. He accomplished that feat on this day 15 years ago.