Beltre doubled against Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda during the fourth inning Wednesday night for his 3,090th career hit. Beltre surpassed Ichiro Suzuki for the most base knocks recorded by a non-U.S. native. He finished the evening 3-for-4, including a walk, during Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning defeat to the Dodgers.
The night before, Beltre had watched his teammate, 45-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon, notch his 2,500th career strikeout. Being next to accomplish a historic feat wasn't something that he'd placed too much emphasis on Wednesday.
"That's going to be a special moment when it happens," Beltre said Tuesday night.
Beltre's tally is also the most amassed by any active player. He and Angels first baseman Albert Pujols are the only other current players in the 3,000-hit club, with latter having joined the group in early May.
Beltre moved into 21st on the Major Leagues' all-time hit list, also breaking his deadlock with Ichiro, who moved into a front-office role with the Mariners on May 3 and has not appeared in a game since.
Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.