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2 = 1? Benintendi hits ball twice for single

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew Benintendi did a double-take after making double contact on the same pitch. Say what?

Benintendi got jammed so thoroughly on a 3-2 sinker by Phillies lefty Aaron Loup in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Phillies that the ball managed to hit his bat twice.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew Benintendi did a double-take after making double contact on the same pitch. Say what?

Benintendi got jammed so thoroughly on a 3-2 sinker by Phillies lefty Aaron Loup in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Phillies that the ball managed to hit his bat twice.

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Even more impressive was that Benintendi managed to fist the ball into center field for a single.

As Benintendi got to first base, he appeared to mouth to first-base coach Tom Goodwin, "That hit my bat twice."

Benintendi's instincts were correct, as the replay video proved.

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First, the pitch hit the inner-middle of Benintendi's bat toward the handle, and then it drifted toward the end of the bat, before rolling into center for a hit.

"Yeah, I really didn't even know what was going on," said Benintendi. "I heard it, and I thought my bat hit the catcher's glove. I didn't know. But once I saw it, I knew it must have hit my bat twice."

Has Benintendi ever had a double-contact hit before?

"That's the first time that's happened to me," Benintendi said. "That's crazy."

Unfortunately for Benintendi, he only got credit for one hit in the boxscore.

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Benintendi was quickly erased on the basepaths when Loup induced pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez into a double-play grounder to second.

Lefty reliever Loup has a side-arm delivery that can be tough to read for lefty batters.

"Yeah, he's tough," Benintendi said.

Though Benintendi has been overshadowed by teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, he is having a tremendous second full season in the Majors.

In 114 games, the left fielder is slashing .298/.380/.500 with 32 doubles, six triples, 15 homers and 70 RBIs.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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