ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rios stood in front of an empty champagne bottle while answering questions about his first career cycle.
He's hoping there might be a few more bottles in the near future for the Rangers.
Rios hit for the cycle, Derek Holland pitched his second shutout of the season and Texas started its final push for a playoff spot with a 12-0 victory over the Astros on Monday night.
The Rangers pulled within a game of idle Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth with six games left. They are two games behind the wild card-leading Rays.
"We have to focus on the things that we have to do to win a game at a time," said Rios, who completed the cycle in his only four at-bats. "It doesn't do any good for us to look at what's happening around us."
Rios finished the cycle with a triple to right-center in the sixth inning, pulling into third standing up without a throw and later scoring to put Texas up 11-0. He doubled in the first inning, had an infield single in the third and hit his 18th homer for a 9-0 lead in the fourth.