After hitting for the cycle, Beltre looks to continue his hot hitting and help the Mariners extend their season-high winning streak when they face the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Beltre is hitting .486 (17-for-35) with four homers, nine RBIs and 12 runs over the last eight games, leading the Mariners (54-83) to victories in seven of them. The third baseman capped off his impressive stretch by going 5-for-6 with a double, triple, homer and three RBIs in Monday’s 12-6 win over Texas (67-72) in the opener of this three-game set.
Beltre became the fourth Seattle player to complete the cycle and helped the Mariners win a season-high fourth consecutive game. John Olerud was the last Mariner to accomplish the feat on June 16, 2001.
“I’m still shaking,” said Beltre, who also had the third five-hit game of his 11-year career. “I don’t like that feeling. But I’ll take it. If I have to do it tomorrow, I’ll do it again.
“I’ve seen guys do it and it was pretty cool. It’s pretty special. I’m proud of it.”
Beltre will now try to help the Mariners, owners of the worst record in the AL, win five straight for the first time since closing out last season with a five-game run.
“Obviously this year has been tough on us, but we still come to win every day,” Beltre said. “Hopefully we can get on a good streak. We’re trying to win every game that we can.”
Seattle hopes Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 6.00 ERA) can build on a pair of solid starts as he searches for his first victory in over a year.
The 23-year-old left-hander, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 17, is 0-6 with an 8.23 ERA in 14 games - 10 starts - since posting his only career victory against the Rangers on June 3, 2007.
Despite not receiving a decision, Feierabend has been solid in his last two starts with a 3.00 ERA. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 6-5 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday.
The Rangers, meanwhile, have dropped four of their last five as their bullpen has blown two of three save opportunities with a 9.49 ERA.
Josh Hamilton, the major league leader with 118 RBIs, looks to keep providing some offense after going 2-for-5 with a solo home run in his second consecutive game. Those two homers came after he managed just one while hitting .234 (15-for-64) with five RBIs in his previous 16 contests, which led to 12 losses for Texas.
The Rangers give Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 1.80) his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Aug. 23.
The right-hander yielded two runs - one earned - and six hits in six innings of a 7-5 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday. He’s 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA in four games - two starts - against Seattle.