Posted September 23, 2013 on AP on Fox
Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers has hit for the cycle against Houston in his first four at-bats. Rios completed the cycle with a triple to right-center field in the sixth inning Monday night. He made it to third base standing up without a throw. The right fielder thought about going for third on a two-run double in the first inning, but held up about 25 feet beyond the bag at second. Rios had an infield single in the third and hit his 18th homer to left field in the fourth. He's the seventh Texas player to hit for the cycle. Adrian Beltre did it Aug. 24 last season against Seattle. It's the third cycle in the majors this season.

Alex Rios hits for the cycle as Rangers trounce Astros (MLB Twitter Update)

All @arios51 needed to hit for the cycle was a triple and he got it! — MLB (@MLB) September 24, 2013 Pretty impressive for Alex Rios to pick up the cycle on his first four at bats. He finished his night 4-for-4 with three runs and four RBI. He joins Mike Trout and Brandon Barnes as the only players to hit for the cycle this season. Just an all around nice...

Rangers' Rios hits for the cycle against Astros

ARLINGTON, Texas Alex Rios became the seventh Texas Rangers player to hit for the cycle, completing the feat when he tripled to the gap in right-center in the sixth inning Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Rios reached the cycle in four at-bats as the Rangers were on their way to a 12-0 rout of the Houston Astros. Rios did not bat in the seventh and was replaced in right...

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