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Beltre knocks No. 2,000 with single in sixth

Beltre knocks No. 2,000 with single in sixth

Beltre knocks No. 2,000 with single in sixth
BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre said he is not a big "numbers" guy, but he did hit a big number on Sunday afternoon.

Beltre, in his third game back off the disabled list, lined a single to right off Red Sox starter John Lackey in the sixth inning for the 2,000th hit of his career. The hit came as Beltre was being used as the Rangers' designated hitter in an 11-4 victory over Boston.

"It was just another hit," Beltre said. "I didn't give a lot [of thought] to it until reporters asked me this morning. I didn't remember I just needed one. It was nice to do it here, where I played last year, but I didn't give it a lot of thought."

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Beltre was more impressed that the Rangers took two of three from the Red Sox this weekend. His single was part of the Rangers' seven-run inning.

"Just to come in here and win two of three is huge for us," Beltre said. "We knew the Red Sox are playing well, with good pitching and good offense, and we know we have a really key road trip, here and Tampa."

Beltre's first hit came on June 24, 1998, in his first Major League game with the Dodgers. He had a second-inning double off of Angels pitcher Chuck Finley and went 2-for-5 that day in the Dodgers' 6-5 victory.

Beltre said before the game he is not big on numbers.

"I never have been -- why start now?" Beltre said. "It definitely means I've been in the game awhile. When I started my career, I never thought about that."

The Rangers have Beltre under contract for five more years after this season. Once that is done, he could be approaching 3,000 hits. So the question is, does he have another 1,000 hits in him?

"I don't know," Beltre said. "It will be tough. It's not something I'm thinking about or going to lose sleep over it."

Beltre also has 298 home runs. There are only 83 players in Major League history who have 2,000 hits and 300 home runs. On that list, nine were third basemen: George Brett, Darrell Evans, Gary Gaetti, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews, Graig Nettles, Scott Rolen, Ron Santo and Mike Schmidt.

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