Adrian Beltre Shines in Texas Rangers Win
The Rangers third baseman went 4-for-4, hitting the cycle, the second of his career. Beltre’s had himself a heck of a last few days as in the last three games his stat line reads: 10-for-14, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 9 RBI.
Beltre is the sixth player in Rangers history to hit for the cycle, with the last being Bengie Molina in 2010 against Boston. I’m sure you all can recall the hilariously awesome sight of him busting out that triple.
Matt Harrison got the start picking up his career high 15th win of the season. Harrison tossed 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball until Trevor Plouffe broke it up with a single. He gave way to Robbie Ross after 8-innings of two hit ball throwing 118 pitches, to improve to 15-7 on the year with a 3.04 ERA.
In his last two starts, Harrison has given up just four hits, two in each game, while pitching 8 innings in both.
With the win Texas improved to 74-51, 23 games over 500 for the first time this year and the best record in the American League. The offense seems to be heating up at just the right time to make a run into the postseason as the Rangers take a 6 game lead over Oakland and 8.5 game lead over the Angels going into Saturday.
Minnesota and Texas play a day game Saturday with a 3:05 first pitch.