Beltre puts on a show against Orioles
July, 9, 2013
By Jeff Seidel, Special to ESPNDallas.com
BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre put on a show the Baltimore Orioles probably wish they’d missed.
Beltre hit two homers and finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs to help the Texas Rangers to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards. He hit a solo shot in the second and added a key three-run homer in the fifth.
That effort extended a recent hot streak for the Texas third baseman. He’s now hit in 11 straight games and is batting .488 (21-for-43) during that run. The four-hit, two-homer evening pushed Beltre’s average up to .319 this season.
AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAdrian Beltre has now hit in 11 straight games and is batting .488 (21-for-43) during his recent hot streak.
He’s now got 20 homers and 52 RBIs. This was his 25th career multihomer game, and manager Ron Washington has certainly enjoyed the show in recent days.
“He’s the big guy in the middle of the lineup,” Washington said. “He’s the one guy that everyone looks to. He’s the one guy they want to be up there in those situations. When Adrian’s getting it done, it relaxes everybody else, and that’s usually what the big guy does in the middle of the lineup.”
Beltre’s big hit was a three-run homer during a four-run fifth inning that gave Texas the lead for good. The Rangers had scored once to tie the game before Beltre crushed his three-run shot off Baltimore starter Zach Britton.
“I was looking for a pitch up in the zone that I could drive, and that’s what I got,” Beltre said. “I’m seeing the ball good, seeing good pitches and driving the ball well.”
Beltre shrugged off talk that he’s the main cog in the Texas offensive engine. The Rangers have plenty of offensive punch, finishing with 14 hits and going 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers now have scored 16 runs in the first two games of this series and are riding a three-game winning streak. Beltre said the team’s success comes because many players are contributing, and that he’s just been on a roll lately.
“We all contribute some way or another; I think we are good as a group,” Beltre said. “There's not one guy who can say he's the main guy. I think everybody's contributing right now. There's [just] a couple games that I'm contributing a lot better than I did before.”