Beltre ties record with three HRs
Adrian Beltre is the seventh man to hit three HRs in one postseason game
Babe Ruth did it twice and Adam Kennedy was the most recent to do it, in 2002
Beltre's big day helped the Rangers beat the Rays and win their ALDS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Texas slugger Adrian Beltre hit three home runs in his first three at-bats Tuesday in Game 4 of the AL playoffs at Tampa Bay.
Beltre lifted a routine flyout to medium right field in the eighth.
Beltre entered the game with just one hit in 11 playoff at-bats this season.
It's the seventh time -- and first in a division series -- that a player has hit three homers in a postseason game.
Babe Ruth was the first man to have a three-homer postseason game, doing so in the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals. Ruth is also the only person with two three-homer games in postseason play. He and Reggie Jackson are the only ones to do it in the World Series. Adam Kennedy of the Angels had been the last player to have a three-homer postseason game, doing it in the 2002 AL championship series against Minnesota.
They were the first three home runs of Beltre's postseason career. He hit 32 during the regular season and has 310 in his 14 major league seasons.
The Rangers won the game 4-3 to clinch the series against the Rays and advance to face the winner of the Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees ALDS in the American League Championship Series that begins on Saturday.
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