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 has been in one of the worst slumps of his career leading up to this weekend's series against the Boston Red Sox, especially when hitting with runners in scoring position.
He broke out in a big way on Friday night in the Rangers' lopsided win over the Red Sox, and came through like Mr. Clutch in Sunday's series finale to finish off a three-game sweep and pull the Rangers even with the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals for the best records in baseball.
After Elvis Andrus hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-3 game and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, the Red Sox decided to intentionally walk Lance Berkman to bring Beltre to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second.
Beltre then lined a 1-2 pitch over the glove of his former teammate in Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia to bring Andrus home and send the Red Sox home on the wrong end of a sweep.
"I always want to be in that situation," Beltre told ESPN Dallas. "I like it when the opposing manager walks the guy in front of me. That's my job."