The former teammates have always had a little trash talking going on every time their respective teams meet. Entering Sunday, Hernandez had Beltre's number, holding him to a .143 batting average (1-for-7) with four strikeouts.
But after Beltre's fourth-inning blast on Sunday -- his seventh in the past eight games -- the Texas third baseman holds the bragging rights for now.
"It was nice," Beltre said. "He's always talking smack to me. We talk smack to each other ... I told him all I wanted to do was take him deep and I did."
As for the 0-2 fastball that Beltre hit out?
"Stupid pitch," joked Beltre, who played for the Mariners from 2005-09.
The 25-year-old Hernandez says the friends "always, always, always" are engaging in some kind of friendly trash talk when they meet. He'll get a chance for revenge when the Mariners visit Texas next weekend.
Hernandez will likely make his last start of the season on Saturday.
"It's always going to be like that," Hernandez said of the banter. "He won this battle today and we'll do it again in Texas. It's fun. It'll be a fun game in Texas."
Taylor Soper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less