In his four at-bats of the game, Rios recorded a double, single, home run and triple, respectively, giving him the cycle.
Alex Rios (4-4, 4 RBI) is having a HUGE night in Arlington. He becomes 8th player in Rangers franchise history to hit for the cycle.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2013
Rios started the night off with a two-run double to score the first runs of the game, opening the floodgates. The Rangers would tack on another run in the second before Rios led things off in the bottom of the third.
Rios isn't particularly known for his hustle, but he sure ran hard to beat the throw for an infield single. He would then come around to score on a David Murphy walk with the bases loaded to make it 4-0.
The Rangers continued to pile it on, opening up an 8-0 lead before Rios came up to bat in the fourth inning. Rios jacked an 0-2 pitch just over the left-field wall for a home run, making it 9-0.
Chatter about Alex Rios' potential cycle, naturally, began after the home run. He was just a triple away and still had five innings to go.
Rios needed just one more at-bat, however, as he took the second pitch he saw to right-center field in the bottom of the sixth. He slid in safely at third (although there was no throw) to complete the rare achievement. Rios' marks the third cycle of the season, behind Mike Trout's in May and Brandon Barnes' in July.
Alex Rios just hit for the cycle - last leg was the triple. 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs. 30th 2B, 4th 3B, 18th HR tonight. #Rangers— Paul Severino (@SeverinoMLB) September 24, 2013
ALEX RIOS HITS FOR THE CYCLE IN HIS FIRST 4 AT BATS OF THE GAME!!!!!!!!!! 11-0 RANGERS LETS DO THIS!!!!!!!!! #RangerNation— Dillon Bowen (@D_BOW07) September 24, 2013
Alex Rios opens the championship week by hitting for the cycle for the E5's. Quite the opening statement. #WBB— Wonder Bat Baseball (@WonderBatBall) September 24, 2013
Alex Rios gets a standing ovation from the Rangers Ballpark crowd as he jogs out to RF.— Keith Whitmire (@Keith_Whitmire) September 24, 2013
Rios (4-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI) became just the eighth player in Texas Rangers history to complete the cycle, and he couldn't have picked a better time to do it.
#Rangers win 12-0. Alex Rios hits for cycle, Derek Holland complete-game shutout. Texas one-game back of Cleveland for second wild card.— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) September 24, 2013
Will the Rangers make the playoffs?
Rios—who was acquired via waivers by the Rangers in August after the team lost Nelson Cruz to a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal—certainly did his part on Monday, helping lift the team to a blowout victory over the Astros.
While his power numbers aren't nearly as good, the 32-year-old Rios has been a serviceable substitution. A couple fans are certainly getting behind Rios.
Alex Rios was such a great pick-up. He's overall better than Cruz.— Kyle Hejnicki (@kyle_hejnicki) September 24, 2013
Alex Rios still got it— Stephen Falco (@sfalco_) September 24, 2013
The Rangers have two more games against the Astros before ending the season with a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. All games remain at home in Arlington.