Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Chicago.
Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Reds’ Billy Hamilton joins elite base-stealing club

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 and delivered an insurance run in the Reds’ 2-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday, but it was his stolen base that marked a milestone.

Hamilton swiped his 50th bag of the season. It was his sixth steal in seven games, his fourth consecutive season stealing 50 bases.

He’s the 25th player in the modern era to steal 50-plus bases in four seasons.

Hamilton is hitting .247 with a .297 on-base percentage despite his gaudy steal numbers. He was picked off for the third time this season on Tuesday.

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