Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré drilled a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning against Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. The dinger made a marginal dent in the Rangers’ deficit, making the score 8-2, but put Beltré into a tie with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the all-time home run list at 475 homers.
Beltré, 39, is a free agent after the season. If he chooses to continue playing, he will have a chance to ascend higher on the all-time home run leaderboard. His next targets would be Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff at 493, followed by Eddie Murray at 504.
Beltré has been bothered by injuries for most of the year. Still, he’s managed a .273/.333/.426 triple-slash line along with 13 homers, 56 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 453 plate appearances.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.