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 field by Engel Beltre to start the eighth inning.
Rios doubled to left field in the first inning, reached on an infield single in the third inning and homered to left-center in the fourth inning.
His triple in the sixth inning made him the first Ranger to hit for the cycle since teammate Adrian Beltre accomplished the feat on Aug. 24 of last season. There have been eight cycles in overall franchise history, as Jim King did it for the Washington Senators on May 26, 1964 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Adrian Beltre was the next batter following Rios' triple and scored him with a sacrifice ...