ARLINGTON, Texas Adrian Beltre's flair for the dramatic reached new heights Thursday. He passed The Yankee Clipper in the record books on the Fourth of July, no less and helped the Rangers snap a losing streak.
Beltre hit two home runs off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma to give him 362 for his career, passing the legendary Joe DiMaggio with 361.
"I don't know," Beltre said when asked about DiMaggio. "He played baseball a while ago."
Beltre may not know much about DiMaggio, but he knows how to help his club break out of a hitting slump.
Beltre's second-inning homer, a mammoth, 431-foot shot, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
His second homer, a mere 407 feet, put the Rangers back within a run of the lead and started a four-run rally in the seventh.
"For him to come up there and get us within one run right there, and then we were able to put a rally together, it was big," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
The Rangers went on to win, 5-4, and break a two-game losing streak.