Hot stretch earns Markakis AL Weekly honors

Hot stretch earns Markakis AL Weekly honors

After tying for the league lead in home runs, runs scored and slugging percentage, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was named the American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.

Markakis hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and five runs scored in the shortened week ending on July 17.

It is Markakis' first career AL Player of the Week honor and the first time a Baltimore player has won the award since Luke Scott on July 25, 2010.

During Friday's 6-5 loss to the Indians, Markakis knocked his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single to become the 14th player to reach the plateau while with the Orioles.

Markakis then went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three runs scored on Saturday to help the Orioles beat the Indians, 6-5.

It was the third time in Markakis' career that he went for three extra-base hits in a game and the first occasion since 2008.

Entering Monday, Markakis has hit .333 (13-for-39) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs over a 10-game hitting streak.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.