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Sports Choo hits for the cycle as Rangers rout Rockies 9-0

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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.

HIT MACHINE

Fielder’s single in the eighth gave him 40 multihit games this season, tops in the majors. He is hitting .341, second in the AL behind Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session. It was his first time throwing since going on the 60-day disabled list April 11. Holland threw 35 pitches and manager Jeff Banister said the pitcher will play catch Wednesday. “We’ll see how he feels and make a plan from there,” Banister said.

Rockies: OF Corey Dickerson (left plantar fasciitis) was scheduled to play seven innings for Triple-A Albuquerque. … RHP David Hale (left groin strain) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. It was his second since going on the 15-day DL on July 10.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will make his second start since having Tommy John surgery last season. Perez pitched five innings in his season debut against Houston on Friday.

Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.30) is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers.

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