"I try not to get caught up in milestones," Beltran said. "I know that being able to play the game a long time like I have, you're going to achieve some of those. The fact that I tied one of the greatest in baseball, I'm very happy about that."
In the seventh inning, Beltran, who is soon turning 40, followed Carlos Correa's leadoff single with a long RBI double to center that cut the Astros' deficit to 2-1 and chased Royals starter Jason Vargas from the game. After starting the season 0-for-9, Beltran has a hit in each of the past three games.
"My goal is to try to help this ballclub win ballgames, and I don't really get caught up into that," Beltran said. "I thank God for allowing me to play this game a long time and accomplish that."
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.