CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Adrian Beltre #29 celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive on August 31, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Adrian Beltre had been in a power slump that had gone nearly a month — way too long for Beltre's standards and talent.
That came to an end in a big way on Thursday night as the Texas Rangers overcame a deficit and put up a four-run seventh inning to avoid a home sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners and get them back on the winning track heading into their weekend series with Houston.
Beltre blasted two home runs — both to center field — on the day, ending his power slump and got the entire lineup back on track with his second homer of the night to start the scoring in the seventh.
Beltre, the consumate warrior, has been playing with bum hamstrings for much of the season, and really for much of the past few seasons, but refuses to sit out and take days off. He showed down the stretch last year that he can fight through the hassle of the hamstring pain with a torrid run through September, and maybe Thursday night was the beginning of a similar run from the veteran third baseman.