Bel­tre be­comes 31st player to join 3,000-hit club

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By STEPHEN HAWKINS The As­so­ci­ated Press SEE

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

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• 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.

AP photo

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.

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