With a fifth-inning RBI double in Thursday night's 10-2 win over the Reds, the Marlins' third baseman drove in his 15th run of the season and now has at least one hit and one RBI in each of the first 10 Florida games of the 2010 season to continue what is already a Major League record.
"Wow," Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla said. "I don't know if people realize how special and how crazy it is what he's doing right now. Nobody in the game has ever done it before, and a lot of people have played this game. That just shows you what kind of accomplishment that is."
Cantu passed George "Highpockets" Kelly's 89-year-old run to start a season on Wednesday with a homer, making him the first player in Major League history to collect at least one hit and one RBI in his team's first nine games since the RBI became an official stat in 1920.
Dating back to last season, Cantu has at least one hit and one RBI in 14 consecutive games, which is the longest overall streak since 2000, when Mike Piazza did it for 15 consecutive games.
In that regard, Cantu is also just three games away from the Major League record, which was set in 1922 by former Cubs first baseman Ray Grimes.
The 10 consecutive games with an RBI in one season is tied for the franchise record, as Hanley Ramirez accomplished the feat from June 21-July 1 of last year. So, Cantu can take that by driving in another run on Friday.
Most Consecutive team games with a hit to start season
"Whatever happens, happens," said Cantu, who admittedly is still a bit confused about all the different stats and records. "I've been enjoying this like you have no idea. It's been a blessing. I've enjoyed this with my family, my friends, my team, the coaches, you guys [the media]. It's something to talk about. Hopefully I can continue to ride this, see where it takes me."
Ramirez led off the bottom of the fifth against Reds starter Aaron Harang and singled to right field, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Then, on a 3-2 count, Cantu got a fastball out over the plate and smoked it into the right-center-field gap for an RBI double to extend Florida's lead to 5-1.
After going 1-for-2 with a couple of walks in the series finale against Cincinnati, Cantu is batting .308 this season and is tied with Albert Pujols for the Major League lead in RBIs.
"You've got to pull out a fire hose to cool him off right now," Harang said. "It's unbelievable."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.