Adrian Beltre has 2,999 hits in his career. Unfortunately, the Rangers had just six other hits total and none of them came around to score or drove in runs.
In a lackluster affair, the closest the Rangers came to scoring came when Adam Jones absolutely robbed Joey Gallo of a solo blast in the bottom of the third.
Texas didn’t have an extra base hit, grounded into three double plays, and struck out eight times. It was a recipe for a pretty bad game unworthy of Beltre’s 3,000th hit.
The Orioles, on the other hand, scored twice in innings two and three off spot starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx which was more than enough runs for Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman who hurled 8 2⁄3 of shutout innings.
Pudge Rodriguez will now enter the Hall of Fame and Adrian Beltre could collect his 3,000th hit on the same day tomorrow which is insane.
Player of the Game: Tony Barnette is apparently good again and tonight he went a career high three shutout innings in relief of Bibens-Dirkx and struck out six Orioles.
Up Next: The Rangers will close out this series with the Orioles with Martin Perez on the mound against left-hander Wade Miley. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.
Adrian Beltre will have plenty of chances to get hit No. 3,000 tomorrow but if he doesn’t get it, on Monday, the Rangers will play the Mariners with...Felix Hernandez set to make the start. I mean, come on. It would almost be too perfect.