Matt Kemp hits for first cycle in Padres' history

They're still waiting for their first no-hitter, but at least now the Padres have themselves a cycle. Matt Kemp became the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle Friday night. He did it in the team's win over the Rockies at Coors Field (SD 9, COL 5).

Kemp got the home run out of the way early, taking Yohan Flande deep for a two-run shot in the first inning. He singled off Flande leading off the third, grounded out in the fifth, doubled off Rafael Betancourt in the seventh, then tripled off Justin Miller in the ninth.

Here's the triple that gave Kemp the cycle:

The Padres have been around since 1969, so they have had plenty of cycle close calls over the years:

It is the first cycle of Kemp's career and the fourth in MLB this season. Kemp joins Brock Holt, Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre as players to complete the cycle in 2015.

Now that the Padres have a cycle, the only team in baseball without one is the Marlins.

Matt Kemp hit for the first cycle in Padres history on Friday.
Matt Kemp hit for the first cycle in Padres history on Friday. (USATSI)
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