Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers Torture Orioles on Anniversary of 30-3 Rout

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 22:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Josh Hamilton after hitting his second two run homerun of the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In May, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton tortured the Baltimore Orioles with four two-run home runs at Camden Yards.

That night Hamilton victimized right-hander Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, before thwacking two more off Zach Phillips and Darren O’Day.

Wednesday, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre thumped the Orioles with three home runs, as Texas beat Baltimore 12-3 at Rangers Ballpark.

Ironically, Baltimore’s loss comes on the five-year anniversary of the Rangers' 30-3 annihilation of the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Beltre’s primary victim in this lopsided affair was none other than Tommy Hunter. 

Hunter, who entered Wednesday’s game leading baseball with 29 squandered homers, served up three more bombs.  

Beltre got the party started off Hunter in the bottom of the first inning, with a solo homer to the grassy knoll in center field—his 20th of the year.

Beltre victimized Hunter again in the bottom of a nine-run fourth inning, depositing a two-run homer in the left-field seats.

After Mitch Moreland (1-for-3, five RBI) smacked a grand slam later in the fourth, Beltre delivered his third home run of the game, this time off reliever Kevin Gregg.

With this home run, Beltre became the 66th player in MLB history to hit two home runs in one inning, per He is the 24th AL player to achieve this feat.

Kendrys Morales was the last player to hit two homers in one inning. He did this for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 30, 2012, ironically, against Texas in Arlington.  Morales’ two homers came in a nine-run sixth inning.

Beltre came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning for a chance to become the 17th MLB player to hit four home runs in a game (Hamilton was the 16th player). But Beltre bounced into a double play to end the inning.

On the night, Beltre went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Moreland also had five RBI for Texas.

Some positive news for the Orioles was Nick Markakis went 3-for-4. He is batting .341 (56-for-164) since the All-Star break.