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Tulowitzki becomes fifth Colorado player to hit for cycle

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DENVER -- As Troy Tulowitzki headed for second, the words of teammate Brad Hawpe echoed in his head.

"We were sitting on the bench together and he was telling me, 'If you get anywhere close to getting a triple you better go,"' Tulowitzki said. "I honestly think if it weren't for him I would have stopped at second."

Tulowitzki gambled and sprinted for third on his hit down the left-field line in the seventh, sliding headfirst into third to complete the first cycle in his young career. He had a night to remember, getting five hits with a career-high seven RBI to help Colorado beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Monday night.

"That's a pretty good career for some guys," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Just a tremendous offensive performance."

Tulowitzki, who had a home run denied in the first video review at Coors Field, came to bat to lead off the seventh a triple shy of the franchise's fifth cycle and first in nine years. He laced a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line and slid headfirst into the bag before third baseman Jake Fox could corral the throw from left.

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"I thought I was going to be out, but I keep going back to Hawpe," he said. "He said he would have been upset if I didn't try."

Tulowitzki hit his 21st homer in the first, singled in the second and doubled in the fourth in his first three at-bats. He added a two-run single in the eighth.

When he came out to play the field in the eighth inning, the crowd of 34,485 gave him a standing ovation.

"I don't know if I'll ever have a game like this ever in my career," he said. "Not too many people can say they had a cycle in the big leagues."

It was the sixth cycle in the majors this season.

"He achieved something that's not easy to do," teammate Todd Helton said. "I'm proud of him and very happy to be able to have a front-row seat to watch that tonight."

Helton had three singles to extend his hitting streak to 15 games and Jorge De La Rosa struck out 11 for the Rockies, who took three of the four games in the wraparound series with the Cubs.

Tulowitzki had a chance at more RBI, but a review of his high fly ball in the second inning went against him. With the bases loaded, Tulowitzki hit a fastball from Esmailin Caridad deep down the left-field line and it was ruled foul by third-base umpire Bill Welke.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy asked the umpires to look at the replay and the call was upheld under review.

"That might have been too high over the foul pole for even replay to grab a hold of," Tracy said. "I give them credit for not objecting to my request. If he would have rejected the request I would have been in a little bit difference place for the rest of the night."

The review of the play took 4 minutes, 10 seconds.

"They did everything they possibly could, there just wasn't enough evidence to change it," Tulowitzki said. "They called it foul from the beginning so they had to stick with it."

The delay didn't bother Tulowitzki. Two pitches later he lashed a two-run single to left to give Colorado a 6-0 lead in a busy second inning that knocked Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny out of the game.

With one out Barmes hit his 16th home run to make it 3-0. Yorvit Torrealba followed with a double and De La Rosa singled to put runners on the corner.

Dexter Fowler followed with a hard grounder off of Gorzelanny's right foot, scoring Torrealba. Gorzelanny (4-2) suffered a contusion on the foot and had to leave the game.

"X-rays showed no damage," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We will re-evaluate him when we get home."

Chicago got its first run on Geovany Soto's leadoff homer in the sixth. The Cubs had their chances against De La Rosa (10-8), who struggled early but last 7 2/3 innings. They left the bases loaded in the first and second innings, but after that De La Rosa settled down. He retired 10 of 11 batters in the middle innings and struck out the side in the fourth. He loaded the bases in the eighth before Rafael Betancourt retired pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to get out of the jam.

Notes

  • De La Rosa's 11 strikeouts were one short of his career high set May 9 against Florida.
  • Chicago left 13 runners on base for the second straight game.
  • Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez (left shoulder soreness) was out of the lineup Monday. Piniella said Ramirez will be seen by the team doctor in Chicago on Tuesday.
  • An MRI Monday on Rockies RHP Aaron Cook right big toe revealed the joint is inflammed. He will pitch a bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to start Saturday in Florida. Rookie Jhoulys Chacin will start in his place Tuesday.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki crushes his 21st homer en route to his first cycle and a career-best seven RBI.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki crushes his 21st homer en route to his first cycle and a career-best seven RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 1
RBI 7
Colorado

J. De La Rosa
IP 7.2
H 7
ER 1
BB 4
K 11
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4120110 .297
Milton Bradley, RF4110121 .265
Derrek Lee, 1B2000223 .288
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1111000 .231
Jake Fox, 3B5121023 .301
Geovany Soto, C3112111 .225
Alfonso Soriano, LF5010003 .249
Jeff Baker, 2B4021010 .214
Sam Fuld, CF5020033 .290
Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .200
    Esmailin Caridad, P2000001 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
   b- Aaron Miles, PH1000003 .197
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   c- Koyie Hill, PH1000002 .219
Totals375125512  
a-doubled for Lee in the 9th
b-lined out for Marshall in the 8th
c-grounded out for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Fontenot (18, Street), Alfonso Soriano (25, Street)
HR - Geovany Soto (9, De La Rosa)
SF - Geovany Soto (4)
SH - Tom Gorzelanny (1)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (36), Jake Fox (28), Geovany Soto 2 (29), Jeff Baker (9)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Baker-Theriot-Lee
E - Esmailin Caridad (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Tom Gorzelanny (L,4-2) 1.1666012 6.23
Esmailin Caridad 5.1732140 3.38
Sean Marshall 0.1000000 3.91
Aaron Heilman 1322110 4.75
HBP - Barmes (by Esmailin Caridad)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 35-23, Esmailin Caridad 78-49, Sean Marshall 5-3, Aaron Heilman 37-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmailin Caridad 3-8, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 10, Esmailin Caridad 24, Sean Marshall 1, Aaron Heilman 7
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5111022 .264
    Carlos Gonzalez, CF0000000 .283
Ryan Spilborghs, LF5220002 .249
Todd Helton, 1B4230101 .327
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5257000 .276
Brad Hawpe, RF5011025 .311
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B5000003 .223
Clint Barmes, 2B3111011 .245
Yorvit Torrealba, C4110002 .242
Jorge De La Rosa, P3120010 .175
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Omar Quintanilla, PH-3B0100100 .186
Totals3911161026  
a-walked for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (19, Caridad), Brad Hawpe (31, Caridad), Yorvit Torrealba (5, Gorzelanny), Jorge De La Rosa (2, Caridad)
3B - Troy Tulowitzki (6, Caridad)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (21, Gorzelanny), Clint Barmes (16, Gorzelanny)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (30), Troy Tulowitzki 7 (60), Brad Hawpe (67), Clint Barmes (55)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 5 (12)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,10-8) 7.27114111 4.78
Rafael Betancourt 0.1000000 2.92
Huston Street 0.1444100 3.09
Joe Beimel 0.2100010 3.35
HBP - Baker (by Jorge De La Rosa)
WP - Joe Beimel (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 125-76, Rafael Betancourt 3-2, Huston Street 19-12, Joe Beimel 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 9-3, Joe Beimel 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 35, Rafael Betancourt 1, Huston Street 6, Joe Beimel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34485
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Bill Welke