Beltre goes deep to join 300-homer club
Rangers slugger belts two home runs during four-hit game
ARLINGTON -- Texas slugger Adrian Beltre hit his 300th career home run with two outs in the fifth inning when he ripped a pitch from Oakland's Josh Outman 362 feet to left field in the Rangers' 8-1 victory Sunday.The two-run shot was the 22nd of Beltre's first season with Texas, and he added a solo homer in the seventh. Beltre is the 132nd player in baseball history to reach the 300-homer milestone, and the 22nd active player. He is the 84th big leaguer to reach 300 homers and 2,000 hits. "It means I've been playing this game a long time," Beltre said. "I'm healthy enough to achieve something like that. There's not many guys that can get there. It's not a big deal for me, but I'm proud to get to those numbers." Beltre is riding a 16-game hitting streak that extends back to before he went on the disabled list. "He's just been on fire lately," Outman said. "It's not just today, he's hit the ball extremely well probably over the last month. He's always a tough out whether he's hot or not."
Beltre has been especially hot of late.In the last four games, he is 11-for-20 with a double, three home runs and seven RBIs. "I'm feeling better," Beltre said. "Those first four games [back from the DL], I was just battling through it. The last four or five games, I've been feeling better, and hopefully it can stay that way." After Beltre's 300th homer, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington public address announcer Chuck Morgan directed fans to the video board, which showed pictures of Beltre with each of the four teams he's played for in his career -- the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox and Rangers.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.