Sep 23, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (right) is congratulated by third base coach Gary Pettis (24) after his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Alex Rios hits for cycle (Video)


Sep 23, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) is congratulated by shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) and manager Ron Washington (38) after his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Rios is having a night that he will remember for a long time. Rios achieved one of the greatest accomplishments that a Major League hitter can have in one game by hitting for the cycle in his first 4 at bats against the Houston Astros.

Rios’ night started with a double in the first inning that plated teammates Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. In the bottom of the 3rd inning he reached on an infield single and eventually came around to score on a bases loaded walk by teammate Daniel Murphy. Rios’ third at-bat came in the bottom of the 4th inning in which he hit a solo home run. He finished the cycle in his 4th at-bat in the 6th inning when he tripled to right center field scoring Andrus again.

According to SportsCenter, Rios is only the 8th player in Texas Rangers franchise history to hit for the cycle.

This might be too little too late for the Rangers. Texas’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread as they currently have a 23% chance of making it into a wildcard spot at 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians. It certainly helps getting to play the Astros though as the Rangers are currently leading 12-0.

 

 

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