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Adrian Beltre homers three times in rout of Orioles

Aug 22, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

Adrian Beltre AP

Adrian Beltre went yard three times, including twice in a nine-run fourth inning, in the Rangers’ 12-3 defeat of the Orioles on Wednesday.

Beltre and Mitch Moreland both knocked in five runs in the game. Moreland had a grand slam as part of the huge fourth inning.

It was the first career three-homer game for Beltre and his first multihomer game of 2012. He had homered just once in 20 games this month.

Beltre now has 22 homers and 71 RBI in 119 games for the season. That’s plenty good and still makes him one of the game’s best third baseman, but it pales in comparison to the 32 homers and 105 RBI he racked up in just 124 games last year.

Beltre became the eighth player to hit at least three homers in a game this season. His Rangers teammate, Josh Hamilton, hit four back on May 8. The others to hit three homers this season are the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, the Reds’ Joey Votto, the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks’ Jason Kubel and the Mets’ Ike Davis.

  1. cowboys8819 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    What a performance good to see him swinging the bat like that!

  2. dowhatifeellike - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Tommy Hunter is on course to end the season with the most HR allowed per nine innings in the history of the MLB.

    • pw38 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      We didn’t call him Tommy “Big Game” Hunter for no reason when he was with the Rangers. That guy can have some big games although not like you’d want.

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      This looks correct to me.

      Hunter’s 2012 season is at 2.4 HR per 9 IP. The record is Jose Lima in 2000 with 2.2 HR per 9 IP.

  3. sosascork - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I hope nobody tried to touch his head after that 3rd homer:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/04/must-click-link-adrian-beltre-freaks-out-if-you-touch-his-head/

    • antlerclaws - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Michael Young most definitely touched his head after the third homer. They showed the replay of it on the stadium scoreboard and everything. It was all good.

  4. miketreedy - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    What a huge free agent signing two years ago. Otherwise, the Rangers would have Michael Young still playing at 3B. Both the Red Sox and Angles really missed out on signing this guy. Keep it up Adrian!

    • dondada10 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Beltre never played for the Angels, let alone the Angles.

      • beefytrout - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        But they did miss out on signing him, so miketready’s point remains intact.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      As a sox fan I really do wish that the Sox kept him over Kevin Youkilis, but it woulda had to have been on a shorter deal than the one he has now. Between Middlebrooks and Bogaerts the Sox have impact bats on the left side of the infield coming up. Still, nice to see him being successful past his time with the Sox

      • dan1111 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:49 AM

        I agree. A 5-year $80,000,000 deal seemed way too steep for a 32 year old with only two really good seasons in a long career. I am glad he has been successful so far, but even given what he has done already, the Rangers could come to regret this contract.

  5. Bryz - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Adrian Beltre went yicketty three times…

    Fix’d that for you.

  6. ahenobarbuso - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I’m actually surprised Buck Showalter decided to pitch to him after the second and third home runs. I for one wouldn’t want to be known as the manager who gave up two 4-home run games in the same season… to the same team.

  7. man0warr - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    This isn’t Beltre’s first career 3-run homer game.

    He hit 3 HR in Game 4 of the ALDS last year vs the Rays. Which puts him on a small list of Pujols, Brett, and Babe Ruth to hit 3 HR in a game in both the regular and post season.

  8. aceshigh11 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    Gee, I’m SO glad the Red Sox let this guy go. He was WAY too expensive, and no place to put him.

    I mean, they were SO prudent with their money…Beltre just wasn’t worth it, considering how they were patiently waiting in the wings to sign Crawford and lackey.

    How prudent of them…real wizards, they are.

    Sigh.

    • dan1111 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:55 AM

      Hindsight is great, isn’t it?

      At the time, Lackey and Crawford looked like good, reliable players. Beltre looked overvalued because of one good season. I am a Sox fan and as disappointed about these outcomes as anyone, but I really don’t see how they failed to correctly evaluate these players. At worst, they slightly overpaid Lackey and Crawford. Beyond that, it is simply luck.

  9. millmannj - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    SPORTSWRITERS OF AMERICA:

    “There have been 8 3-HR games this season, obviously everyone is taking PEDs!”

    “There have been 7 no-hitters thrown in 2012, this proves that the players have stopped taking PEDs.”

    Make up your minds, which one is it?

  10. attemptingtohesitate - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    One of these days someone is going to have to give credit the to Texas Rangers’ ability to correctly evaluate talent. Baseball, as with any other sport, cannot be perfect in evaluations of future results. Rather it is a case of making correct judgements more often than not and better than your competitors. In that regard the Rangers have been dong a great job in the past several years and the results are evident by their record and the overall depth of the organization. Of course you cannot forsee how injuries will effect your decisions, however the Rangers have been able to overcome those the past two years because of their depth; a result of their talent evaluations. Whoever is responsible for those evaluations, and I’m sure there are several, should be congratulated.

  11. atworkident - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    So much for the Orioles run differential coming around at the end of the season.

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