Adrian Beltre's run of misfortune with the Rangers on Thursday started an inning before the game-changing, bad-hop grounder that bounded over him at third base.

In the fifth, Beltre twice flirted with what would have been a three-run homer against Detroit ace right-hander Justin Verlander. All Beltre got out of the at-bat was a fly-ball out.

"That's how it's been for me the last couple games," Beltre said.

Verlander started Beltre with a 102 mph fastball. Belte was "a little late" on the swing, but he still drove the ball down the right-field line. The ball sliced late and carried into the seats as a foul ball.