Bel­tre’s 3rd hit­ting cy­cle high­lights Rangers de­feat against Astros, 12-9

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Texas’ Adrian Bel­tre be­came the first ma­jor lea­guer since the 1930s to notch a third ca­reer cy­cle as the Rangers held on for a 12-9 vic­tory over the Amer­i­can League West-lead­ing Hous­ton on Mon­day.

Bel­tre’s rare feat of hit­ting a sin­gle, dou­ble, triple and homer was the day’s stand­out per­for­mance at the plate while the best per­for­mance on the pitcher’s mound came from David Price in a strong first out­ing for Toronto, steer­ing the Blue Jays past Min­nesota.

Ari­zona rookie Zack God­frey also had an im­pres­sive out­ing as the Di­a­mond­backs beat Washington, while a two-run homer in the 12th in­ning lifted At­lanta over San Fran­cisco.

Bel­tre be­gan his day with a tworun triple in the first in­ning put the Rangers ahead to stay at 3-2. He had a dou­ble in the sec­ond and a sin­gle in the third.

He com­pleted the cy­cle in the fifth when he lined a homer over left field to make it 12-7.

All three of Bel­tre’s cy­cles have come at the Rangers’ ball­park, two for the home team and one as a visi­tor when he was play­ing for Seat­tle.

Toronto’s Price struck out 11 over eight in­nings to win his Blue Jays de­but in a 5-1 vic­tory against Min­nesota.

Price (10-4) al­lowed one run and threw 119 pitches, two shy of his sea­son high. Ac­quired from Detroit in a trade last Thurs­day, Price re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the sell­out crowd.

Josh Don­ald­son hit a tiebreak­ing home run for the Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game se­ries be­tween AL wild-card con­tenders.

Ari­zona’s Zack God­ley con­tin­ued the stel­lar start to his ma­jor-league ca­reer, pitch­ing six score­less in­nings to guide the Di­a­mond­backs past Washin­gotn 6-4.

God­ley (3-0) be­came the sec­ond Ari­zona pitcher to win in each of his first three ma­jor league out­ings.

Ari­zona home­red four times to im­prove to 5-2 in a lengthy 10-game road trip.

The Na­tion­als have lost four straight and fallen a game out of the lead in the NL East.

At­lanta’s Ado­nis Gar­cia hit a two-run homer in the 12th in­ning to give the Braves a 9-8 win against San Fran­cisco.

Down 6-0 go­ing into the sixth, the Braves ral­lied with four runs, and A.J. Pierzyn­ski hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to tie it 7-7.

San Fran­cisco’s Buster Posey hit a go-ahead sin­gle in the top of the 12th.

Jace Peter­son led off the Braves 12th by reach­ing base on a throw­ing er­ror. Ryan Vo­gel­song (7-7), try­ing to earn the first save of his 11-sea­son ca­reer, fell be­hind in the count against Gar­cia, who home­red over the cen­ter field wall.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels ended a six-game los­ing skid by edg­ing Cleve­land 5-4.

Conor Gil­laspie hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Corey Klu­ber in the sixth and stayed ahead for good.

Klu­ber (6-12) gave up five runs in 5 2-3 in­nings.

Tampa Bay’s Mikie Mah­took sin­gled with two outs in the top of the ninth in­ning to drive in Lo­gan Forsythe and give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Bal­ti­more’s Chris Davis hit a three-run shot in the first in­ning for his 27th homer of the sea­son, set­ting up the Ori­oles’ 9-2 win against Oak­land.

New York’s Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes, ac­quired in a trade last week, hit three dou­bles as the Mets routed Mi­ami 12-1 to take the out­right lead in the NL East.

San Diego’s Yangervis So­larte hit two home runs as the Padres cruised past Mil­wau­kee 13-5.

Seat­tle’s Felix Her­nan­dez pitched ef­fec­tively into the sev­enth in­ning as the Mariners edged Colorado 8-7.

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