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Benjamin ties hit record

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 -- San Francisco Giants second baseman Mike Benjamin Wednesday tied a modern-day major league record for hits over three consecutive games. Benjamin had five hits against the Chicago Cubs, giving him 13 in the last three games.

His single in the top of the 11th inning broke the National League record of 12, held by four players, most recently Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975. Benjamin, who had four hits Sunday against the Montreal Expos and four more Tuesday against the Cubs, tied the major-league record of 13 hits over three games set by Joe Cronin of the Washington Senators in 1933 and matched by Walt Dropo of the Detroit Tigers in 1952. Benjamin had singles in the second, fourth and seventh innings. His double in the ninth inning tied the NL mark, also held by Milt Stock of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Hall-of-Famers Stan Musial and Willie Keeler. Benjamin went 5 for 6 Wednesday at Wrigley Field and has 13 hits in his last 17 at-bats. The game is tied, 3-3, in the 11th inning. According to some records, Keeler had 15 hits in three straight games during the 1897 season. Cal McVey also had 15 hits over three games in 1876, an era considered the dawn of baseball. Modern-day records are from 1901 inclusive to the present.

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