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History Made In Baseball Yesterday

Adrian Beltre of the Seattle Mariners and Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first players in 88 years to hit for the cycle on the same day.

Bobby Veach of the Detroit Tigers and George Burns of the New York Giants lasted turned the trick on Sept. 17, 1920.

Beltre, 29, matched a career-high with five hits and set a franchise record with five runs scored as Seattle trounced the Texas Rangers 12-6 on Monday night.

He homered in the second inning and singled in the fourth and sixth off starting pitcher Matt Harrison before completing the cycle with a double off reliever Luis Mendoza in the seventh and a triple off reliever Josh Rupe in the eighth.

Three of Beltre’s hits came on 0-2 pitches.

“Beltre is known to be a darn good hitter,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “You cannot make those mistakes.”

“He is the toughest ballplayer I have ever seen,” Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said. “He plays through nagging injuries, through pain.

“He is an animal out there. I’m just very happy for him.”

Beltre is the first member of the Mariners to hit for the cycle since John Olerud accomplished the feat on June 16, 2001, and the fourth in franchise annals.

The others ā€” Jay Buhner (June 23, 1993) and Alex Rodriguez (June 5, 1997).

“I have seen guys do it and it was pretty cool,” Beltre said. “It is pretty special, I’m proud of it.”

‘It was meant to be’

Drew, 25, is the third hitter in Diamondbacks history to complete the cycle, joining Luis Gonzalez (July 5, 2000) and Gregg Colbrunn (Sept. 18, 2002).

“I’m kind of in shock right now,” Drew said. “I’m just trying to put good ‘ABs’ [at-bats] together ā€” it was meant to be.”

“It seems like he gets a good at-bat every time up,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “Five hits, the cycle, the whole bit – it is certainly going to be a day that he is going to remember.”

“You don’t get too many like this. It will be one of the most exciting offensive days of his life.”

Drew is the first to hit for the cycle at Chase Field, and, like Beltre, equalled a career high with five hits in a 8-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“To hit for the cycle, it is fun,” Drew said. “But it would not have really meant anything to me if we did not win.

Batting out of the leadoff spot, Drew singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth off starter Joel Pineiro.

Drew hit a ground-rule double in the seventh off reliever Kyle McClellan for the cycle, and later doubled in the eighth for good measure.

“The ball just comes off his bat like lightning,” Diamondbacks second baseman David Eckstein said.

Drew is 10-17 in the first four games of Arizona’s six-game homestand.

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