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Molina, who called himself "probably the slowest guy in the world," added an achievement that few could have predicted when he hit for the cycle. Molina legged out a triple in the eighth inning on July 16 in Fenway Park in Boston to do it, receiving plenty of antler signs from the Rangers dugout.
Molina, acquired in June from San Francisco, hit a ball to the deepest part of Fenway Park in the eighth inning and center fielder Eric Patterson had trouble getting to it. Despite a tweaked right quadriceps, Molina just kept running and ended up with an unlikely triple and the cycle.
Bengie Molina completed his cycle by legging out a triple in the eighth at Fenway.
Molina had an incredible game. And without some clutch hits during his cycle, the Rangers probably would not have beaten the Red Sox that night. He hit a hard single to center in the second and doubled to right field in the fourth.
But it was his at-bat in the fifth that provided the key to breaking open the game. Texas trailed 3-2 when the inning began. Boston, though, gave the Rangers an extra out thanks to a two-out error (a bad throw that allowed runners at first and second to advance). Nelson Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases for David Murphy, who also walked to drive in the tying run. That's when Molina stepped to the plate. He hit a 1-2 pitch into the center field seats for a grand slam, turning the game completely in the Rangers' favor.