ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had his third career cycle Monday night, becoming the first major league player since the 1930s to accomplish that feat.
Beltre homered in the fifth inning for the Texas Rangers to complete the cycle, doing so against three different Houston pitchers. The third baseman also had a two-run triple in the first inning, a double in the second and a single in the third against AL West-leading Houston.
The last major leaguer with three career cycles was Babe Herman, who had two in 1931 and one in 1933 according to research provided by the Elias Sports Bureau to the Rangers. The only other big leaguers with three career cycles are Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890).
All three of Beltre’s cycles have come at the Rangers’ ballpark, two for the home team and his first when he was playing for Seattle on Sept. 1, 2008. Beltre’s other cycle for Texas was Aug. 24, 2012 against Minnesota.
It was the ninth cycle in Rangers history, and second this season. Shin Soo-Choo accomplished the feat July 21 at Colorado.
Six of those cycles have come since the beginning of the 2009 season, twice as many as any other team in the major leagues in that nearly seven-season span. Arizona and Colorado both have three cycles in that time.
Arizona in 2012 was the last team with two cycles in the same season. The last American League team with multiple cycles the same year was Minnesota in 2009.