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Vizquel ties coveted career hits record

Vizquel ties coveted hits record

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers fans can be pretty happy with Wednesday night. Their team beat the Astros, 5-4, on a 10th-inning walk-off hit, former Ranger Ivan Rodriguez broke a Major League record for most games started at catcher and Omar Vizquel made a bit of history of his own.

Vizquel laced a single up the middle in the fifth inning for the 2,677th hit of his career. It tied him with Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for most by a native of Venezuela.

Vizquel was hitless since June 7, when the Rangers were in Boston, and had three hits in his previous 17 at-bats going into that at-bat. He flied out in the seventh and would've had another opportunity to break the record in the ninth inning, but Rangers manager Ron Washington pinch-hit for him.

Vizquel also flied out in the third inning.

"The manager has the final decision," Vizquel said. "I have to respect that. I'm just thankful he gave me the chance to play."

Even though he didn't record the record-setting hit, Vizquel was pleased with his night.

"It would have been easier to get two hits and have it over," he said. "But this is great. It was a special moment for me, a really great moment."

Aparicio played from 1956-73 with the White Sox, Orioles and Red Sox. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Vizquel has played for the Mariners, Indians and Giants before joining the Rangers this season. He is hitting .323.

Daniel Paulling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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