ARLINGTON, Tex. -- For one day, for a few minutes, the Orioles turned their attention from their desperate position and the uncertainty around the trade deadline to a truly great player’s achievement.
In the fourth inning of the Orioles’ 10-6 win against the Texas Rangers before 32,437 at Globe Life Park, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre lined a double down the left field line for the 3,000th hit of his stellar career.
Beltre became the 31st player in major league history with 3,000 hits, and the first born in the Dominican Republic.
After Beltre's milestone hit, his teammates mobbed him, and the Orioles applauded.
"It’s an honor to be here for it. You couldn’t have drawn it better where we win and you get a chance to see that," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think everybody in the game has a lot of respect for him, not only statistically but the way he’s handled his success over the years."
After a fourth-inning single for his 2,999th hit July 29, Beltre grounded out twice. He struck out in the first inning July 30 against Orioles lefty starter Wade Miley.
Miley got plenty of run support in a four-run fourth and five-run fifth. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a two-run home run, his 24th, and catcher Welington Castillo added a three-run shot, his 10th.
The left-hander was excused after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings and throwing 105 pitches. The one that will be remembered was the one for Beltre's 3000th.
"As a fan of the game, what a career that guy has had," Miley said. "I wasn’t trying to let him get a hit by any means. But at the same time as a fan, if it had to happen, that guy is an unbelievable player. Someone you want your kids to watch."
While the Orioles wait out the 4 p.m. July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they can fly home with a modest two-game winning streak and a split of their six-game road trip to Tampa Bay and Texas. They’re currently 50-54. Since the All-Star break, they’re 8-8.
With all sorts of rumors surrounding left-handed closer Zach Britton, Showalter used him as his sixth reliever. He came in when Texas got two on with one out in the ninth.
It was the first time the left-hander got into back-to-back games since April 13 -14. Britton got Beltre to hit into a fielder’s choice for the final out, and his eighth save.
"I told you all he was probably going to be better the second time out," Showalter said. "He feels good. He’ll be ready to pitch tomorrow."
The uncertainty about Britton and some others will soon be over.
"It leaves us spending three hours and forty minutes on the field winning a tough series, having a .500 road trip, getting on the plane and getting back to play Kansas City," Showalter said. "Really, that’s where everybody’s focus is. I’m sure they have some private thoughts about it. They talk among themselves...This team shares their ups and down and what people are feeling. They feel comfortable talking to each other about it. I haven’t had many people I needed to talk to."
Showalter is concerned about DH Mark Trumbo, who was scratched from the lineup with a back injury. The Orioles hope Trumbo can avoid the 10-day disabled list.
"He was stretching in the weight room, doing some squats and felt it," Showalter said. "I just hope it’s not an oblique. We’ll know tomorrow for sure."
Third baseman Manny Machado, who had three hits, said his mind isn’t on the chatter.
"We’re not really worried about who is going to get traded or what is going to happen," Machado said. "That’s just something the front office can control."
Center fielder Adam Jones, the team’s senior player, believes that even though the team is still under .500, they’re not out of contention.
"It’s always important to win. I, along with many other players in here, firmly believe that we are still in this race," Jones said. "We have two months to go pretty much and it’s going to be tough these next two months. But I believe if we play the game like we played today, we should put ourselves in a good position."
COMING UP: The Orioles open a three-game series with Kansas City July 31. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (4-7, 6.93) will face left-hander Danny Duffy (7-6, 3.56).