Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria made franchise history on Tuesday. He became the second Rays player ever to hit for the cycle.
Longoria recorded the feat in a 6-4 Rays win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Longoria hit a two run home run that also scored newly acquired Lucas Duda in the first inning, a run batted in triple in the third inning that also scored Duda, a single to left field in the seventh inning and a double to left field in the ninth inning.
Melvin Upton was the first Rays player to hit for the cycle. He accomplished the feat in a 13-4 Rays win over the New York Yankees on October 2, 2009.
Longoria also saw his batting average on the season rise to .276. In addition to recording his first triple on the season, he now has scored 57 runs and collected 115 hits, 27 doubles, 17 home runs, 65 runs batted in, three stolen bases during the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season. Longoria also has an on base percentage of .328 and a slugging percentage of .469.
The Rays can be excited by the fact that they just beat the best team in the American League. Tampa Bay improves to 55 wins and 53 losses (four games back of the American League East Division leading Boston Red Sox), while the Astros fall to 69 wins and 37 losses. Still, Houston comfortably leads the American League West as they are 15 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.