Beltre becomes 31st player to join 3,000-hit club
ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre doubled for his 3,000th career major league hit Sunday, reaching the milestone in the Texas Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rangers already were down 4-0 when the 38-year-old third baseman, who went 1-for-5 in his 2,771st game, had a hard hit down the line past third base in the fourth inning.
Beltre became the first player from the Dominican Republic, and 31st overall, to join the 3,000-hit club.
“We have a lot of great baseball players in the Dominican Republic, and I’m proud
• The newest Hall of Fame class, which includes Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, is formally inducted. to be one of them,” said Beltre, calling the moment even more special because he was able to share it with his father on what was Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic.
Beltre’s 605th career double matched Paul Molitor for 14th all time. Beltre also tied Mel Ott for 20th with 5,041 total bases. Beltre’s 454 homers rank 38th.
“Never in my life did I think about collecting 3,000 hits, playing 20 years, hitting 400-plus homers. I never expected that, I never saw myself doing that,” Beltre said. “When you play every day … and do the best you can to help your ballclub, sometimes you accumulate numbers.”
Wade Miley (5-9) earned the win. Zach Britton extended his American League record by converting a 57th straight save chance, including eight this year.
Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo homered in the Orioles’ five-run fifth. Castillo also had the last of three consecutive RBI singles off Martin Perez (5-9) in the fourth.
Rougned Odor homered twice and drove in five runs for Texas.
Texas’ Adrian Beltre tips his helmet to the Baltimore dugout to acknowledge their applause for his 3,000th career hit in the fourth inning of the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.