Orioles' offense spoils Beltre's 3K day

July 30th, 2017

ARLINGTON -- It's not often the fans on the losing end of a blowout go home happy, but it probably happened Sunday at Globe Life Park. The Orioles' offense found its groove early and cruised to a 10-6 win over the Rangers, but it was overshadowed by Rangers third baseman recording his 3,000th career hit.

"When I hit the ball, luckily it got through [third baseman Manny] Machado," Beltre said. "After that, it just felt like I was on a cloud while running. I was running, and I was thinking, 'I did it. I did it.' I didn't believe I did it, but it's done. After that, it was just a cool moment. I saw my teammates coming out, and obviously my family come out. It was amazing."

Beltre doubled down the left-field line with one out in the fourth off starter , becoming the first Dominican-born player in Major League history -- and 31st player overall -- to reach the milestone. The game stopped as a massive banner unfurled in center field and a facade on the outfield wall was revealed to honor his accomplishment.

"It's an honor to be here for it. You couldn't have drawn it better where we win and you get a chance to see that," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think everybody in the game has a lot of respect for him, not only statistically but the way he's handled his success over the years. Not once has this guy embarrassed his family or his team or anybody. It's a lot like I talked about [Derek] Jeter at the time. That's one of the bigger challenges, as big a challenge sometimes as 3,000 hits. I didn't realize he was the first Dominican player. That's surprising. That's quite a feat. I know he's got to take a lot of national pride in that, too."

The Orioles hit a pair of homers -- one from and another off the bat of -- and a barrage of singles to tag Rangers starter for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. The Rangers were held in check until and homered in the eighth, with Odor's two-run shot coming after his two-run single in the fourth and solo homer in the sixth. Texas has dropped two straight and three of its last four games and is 5 1/2 games out of the American League Wild Card race.

"I think moments like this mark time for all of us," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "If you saw our dugout, I think every clubhouse attendant, chef, doctor, they were all in the dugout. We told them all you need to come out and watch every at-bat until he gets 3,000. It's important. You need to mark this in your mind. You may never see this again."

Orioles closer Zach Britton -- pitching in back-to-back outings for the first time since April 13 and 14 -- picked up the save to extend his AL record to 57 consecutive saves.


Orioles jump in front during fourth: After Perez had handled the Orioles for three innings, Baltimore figured him out in the fourth. Four straight batters reached base to lead off the inning -- three hits and a walk -- and every one scored to give them a 4-0 lead for the second straight game.

Schoop, Castillo blow it open: Similar to the fourth inning, the Orioles had five of their first six batters in the fifth inning reach base and score. Schoop hit a two-run homer -- his 24th of the season -- and Castillo's 10th of the year, a three-run shot, made it 9-2.

"He's become an all-around player," Machado said of Schoop, who is one homer shy of matching last season's total. "It was always there but this year he's a little more focused, doing his tee work, in the weight room. It's been awesome to watch and be on the same field as him."


"Just as a baseball fan, that's unbelievable. He's seen my first hit, he's seen all my firsts -- me, personally -- in the big leagues. And to see No. 3,000 for me as a fan of his and a friend of his, that's pretty special to be able to share that moment with him and see his family." -- Orioles center fielder , on Beltre


Beltre became the fourth player to accumulate 3,000 hits, 600 doubles and 450 home runs, joining Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Hank Aaron and Carl Yastrzemski.


Machado appeared to lead off the ninth with a triple after his curling ball down the right-field line landed underneath a ballgirl's chair. Mazara fired to Beltre at third, but Machado ducked away from the slide. Banister challenged the call, and after a review, the call was overturned and Machado was ruled out. Banister improved to 25 of 43 on challenges this year with the successful overturn.


Orioles: The Orioles will return home to face the red-hot Royals, who have won nine of 10 games. will take the mound first Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. The inconsistent righty is coming off a quality outing against the Rays in which he went six innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He also struck out a season-high nine batters.

Rangers: Lefty Cole Hamels starts the Rangers' final series of their nine-game homestand against the Mariners on Monday at 7:05 p.m. CT. He'll be pitching on the two-year anniversary of the day he was acquired by Texas from the Phillies.

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