SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Beltran became the ninth switch-hitter to reach the 300-homer plateau when he hit his second home run of the game in Wednesday's sixth inning against the San Diego Padres.
Beltran connected off Padres starter Mat Latos for No. 299 with two outs in the first inning and repeated the feat with one out in the sixth, launching the 59th "splash hit" into McCovey Cove. The Giants went on to beat the Padres, 3-1.
Beltran at once downplayed and celebrated his accomplishment. Like most athletes, he said that he didn't focus on statistics. But he was clearly satisfied.
"It's a lot for me, actually," said Beltran, 34. "Thank God for that. I've been able to be in this game for a long time. Three hundred -- for a guy from Manati, Puerto Rico, a small town, it's good."
The other switch-hitters to precede Beltran to the 300-homer mark were Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (453), Lance Berkman (357), Chili Davis (350), Reggie Smith (314), Mark Teixeira (312) and Ruben Sierra (306).
"Every time you accomplish something that only a few people have accomplished, it's a great feeling," Beltran said.
Beltran recorded his 30th career multiple-homer game. It also was his third of the year and his first since being traded to the Giants from the Mets on July 27.