Choo Shin-Soo becomes the first Asian-born MLB player to hit for cycle

July 21, 2015
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo, center left, is congratulated by teammates after he scored on single by Robinson Chirinos during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Denver. Choo tripled in his at-bat to lead off the inning to complete the cycle. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo, center left, is congratulated by teammates after he scored on single by Robinson Chirinos during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Denver. Choo tripled in his at-bat to lead off the inning to complete the cycle. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle and Matt Harrison earned his first win in 14 months as the Texas Rangers routed the Colorado Rockies 9-0 Tuesday night.

Delino DeShields had a career-high four hits and Prince Fielder homered for the Rangers, who won for only the third time in 13 games.

Choo, who had three RBIs, doubled in the second inning, homered in the fourth and singled in the fifth. He completed the cycle with a triple to center leading off the ninth.

It was the eighth cycle in franchise history and first since Alex Rios did it Sept. 23, 2013, against Houston.

Boston Red Sox All-Star Brock Holt was the only other major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season, on June 16 against Atlanta.

Harrison (1-1) had not won since beating the Rockies on May 8, 2014. Injuries limited him to six starts from 2013-14 and he didn’t make his 2015 debut until July 8.

He scattered seven hits over six innings and worked out of jams to win Tuesday. Harrison allowed a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado in the fourth but stranded him at third with a double-play grounder to end the inning.

The Rockies had runners on first and third with two outs in the fifth, but Choo made a sliding catch on Troy Tulowitzki’s sinking liner in right to end the threat.

Choo’s catch helped stop Tulowitzki’s streak of reaching base safely at 41 games. It was the second-longest in team history.

The Rangers built a comfortable lead against struggling Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick (3-11). Choo had an RBI double in a three-run second and led off the fourth with his 12th homer to make it 4-0. Choo drove in another run in the fifth, and an error by reliever Yohan Flande allowed Elvis Andrus to score to make it 6-0.

Fielder’s 15th home run in the sixth gave Texas a 7-0 cushion.

The Rockies were shut out at home for the first time this season.

One Comment

  1. samgyupsal

    July 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    This is a real prominent work done by shinsoo choo…I give a big cheers to him…Whatever his record for this season,this wonderful thing is gonig to numbered…Great!

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