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July 10, 2013

Beltre homers twice to boost Texas

BALTIMORE — The way Adrian Beltre has been hitting the baseball lately, it seems hard to imagine he recently endured 22 straight games without a home run.

Beltre went 4 for 4 with two homers and a season-high five RBIs to help the surging Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night.

Beltre hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the fifth, both off Zach Britton (2-3). Beltre has six home runs in his last six games and is batting .488 (21 for 43) during an 11-game hitting streak that began on June 28.

He also singled in the fourth, received an intentional walk in the seventh and delivered an RBI single in the ninth. The two homers gave him 20 for the season and put him in a tie with teammate Lance Berkman for 74th on the career list with 366, according to the Rangers.

Before his current power surge, Beltre went from June 10 to July 3 without launching a ball out of the park. It was his longest home-run drought since he joined the Rangers in 2011.

“He’s been hot and cold and he’s picked it up again. He picked it up at the right time,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “When Adrian is getting it done it usually relaxes everybody else. That is what the big guy does in the middle of the lineup.”

With Beltre leading the way, Texas has won 14 of 19 to move a season-high 16 games over .500 (53-37) — tied for the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games. The Rangers have scored at least five runs in six straight games and have won four in a row on the road.

“We were having trouble driving in runs and all of a sudden Adrian started driving them in and everybody started relaxing,” Washington said. “Now we’re putting runs on the board. I hope it can continue.”

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