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Adrian Beltre tied a major league record with his 3rd career cycle, Colby Lewis stayed in the game long enough to record his 12th win of the season, and Texas outmashed Houston 12-9 last night. 

Beltre, still fighting to bring his triple slash line back to normalcy, went 4-5, which included a completed cycle by the 5th inning. He tripled in the first, doubled in the second, singled in the 3rd, and hit a solo HR making it 12-7 in the 5th. Beltre is hitting .270/.312/.417 (94 wRC+) in 2015.

Elvis Andrus recorded his 4th multi-hit game in his last 5 and, since July 10th, is hitting .342/.369/.468 (128 wRC+) over 85 plate appearances. Every year it seems like there's a stretch, whether it lasts a few weeks, a month, or two months, where Andrus sort of teases us at the plate. This could be that point in the year right now. His BABIP is .394 over this brief hot streak. 

Colby Lewis allowed 7 ER on 10 hits over 6 frames, which included surrendering 3 HRs to the powerful Astros lineup. By the top of the 4th it was 11-3 Rangers, and although I have no statistical evidence to support the claim that pitchers lose focus when they have such a massive lead, it does seem like more often than not when a starter is up by, let's say, 7 or 8 runs, they are more prone to giving runs.

Nonetheless, with the win the Rangers are within a game of the .500 mark, and within six games of the Astros in the loss column. Nights like last night, seeing the Rangers lineup functioning with Delino and Roogie at the top, Prince, Adrian and Mitch in the middle, Josh, Elvis... it can be a strong. We'll see if the pitching can support it, but there's reason to hope at this point, even if it's to be short-lived.