BOSTON -- With yet another ferocious swing, resulting in his 27th home run of the season, Adrian Beltre reached a meaningful milestone. When his two-run missile cleared the Green Monster, that gave him 1,001 RBIs in his career.
Beltre is the 27th third baseman in Major League history to have 1,000 RBIs since the stat was tracked in 1920. Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen and Aramis Ramirez are the only other active third basemen with 1,000 RBIs.
"When I started in the big leagues, I had no goals," Beltre said after the Red Sox's 11-5 win vs. the Rays. "I just wanted to be in the big leagues. I never thought I'd have 1,000 RBIs, but of course, getting to that milestone is important. It's flattering."
It is just another nice moment in what has been a monster season for Beltre. He is hitting .323 and has 95 RBIs.
While it wasn't outlandish to suspect Beltre would have a bounce-back season moving from Seattle to Boston, few people would have predicted a .300-30-100 campaign, which is certainly within reach.
"It means a lot," Beltre said. "I think it's something that every guy who's considered to have some pop wants to get to, especially at 100 and 30. I think every guy wants to be a 100-RBI guy."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.