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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros
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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros

Sep 24 2013, 1:42am CDT | by

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the Houston Astros, making up some ground for an AL Wild Card spot.

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the hapless Houston Astros on Monday.  Rios doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, hit his 18th home...

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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros

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Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the Houston Astros, making up some ground for an AL Wild Card spot.

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the hapless Houston Astros on Monday. 

Rios doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, hit his 18th home run in the fourth and tripled to right-center field in the sixth to complete the cycle, the first of his career. He was able to complete the cycle in only four at-bats, finishing the night with four RBIs. 

He already had triple in mind in the sixth inning, and when he got it, the Rangers celebrated in the dugout. Rangers manager Ron Washington was one of those egging Rios on, of course. 

"You wish that in your career you could've done that. It worked out perfectly for him. From the bench, we were yelling,'Triple, triple, triple.' He can run for a big man." 

With the victory, the Rangers are now within a game of the Cleveland Indians for the final American League Wild Card spot with only six games to play in the regular season. 

Rios said it was nice to get the cycle, but getting the win was more imperative, given the situation Texas is in. 

"We have to focus on the things that we have to do to win a game at a time. It doesn't do any good for us to look at what's happening around us.

"Just a good night at the plate. But the most important thing is that we won tonight." 

He got plenty of help on offense from his teammates and on the mound from Derek Holland (10-9), who shut out the Astros. 

Second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus both singled in the bottom of the first to set the stage for Rios' two-RBI double. The Rangers continued pummeling Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles with four more runs in the fourth inning, three from a Leonys Martin double. 

Lyels was yanked from the game but his relievers didn't fare any better. 

Two more runs in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of an Andrus single and Rios' home run, the Rangers' first in six home games, all but put the game out of reach at 9-0.

Rios' cycle was the third in Major League Baseball in 2013. He follows the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (May 21) and the Astros' Brandon Barnes (June 19). The two previous cycles were both against the Seattle Mariners

From the Rangers' historical perspective, it was the seventh cycle in team history. Adrian Beltre was the last Ranger to accomplish this, which was on August 24, 2012, per the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. 

Rios was promptly showered with beer by his Rangers teammates after the historic feat. 

 

 
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