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Start pedaling: Rockies' Tulowitzki hits for cycle, drives in seven

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Doing it the coolest way — with a triple in his fourth at-bat — Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes) hit for the sixth cycle in the majors this season Monday night.

In strengthening his grip on the various comeback player of the year awards, Tulowitzki also drove in seven runs, going 5-for-5 in Colorado's 11-5 victory against the Cubs at Coors Field.

His was the fifth cycle (a single, double, triple and homer in the same game) in club history and first since Mike Lansing did it in 2000. It's the 288th cycle in major league history.

Here's video of Tulo's triple. Tulowitzki credited teammate Brad Hawpe(notes) with encouraging him to try for third base at any cost.

"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."

He might have benefited from a home-town official scorer, because Alfonso Soriano(notes) bobbled the ball in the left-field corner and Ryan Theriot(notes) made a wild throw to third on the relay. You want to take the smile off Troy's face by calling it a double and an error? I'm not gonna be that guy.

Tulowitzki was a key component in the Rockies' fierce run to the World Series in 2007, and was runner-up to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for NL Rookie of the Year the same season. This year has been more like that one for Tulowitzki, and much less like 2008, when he suffered through injuries and the Rockies missed repeating by a mile.

Below is a rundown how each at-bat shook out for Tulowitzki, who is batting .276 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs after his career performance against the Cubs:

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First inning: Two-run homer against Tom Gorzelanny

Second inning: Two-run single against Esmailin Caridad(notes)

Fourth inning: RBI double against Caridad

Seventh inning: Triple against Caridad

Eighth inning: Two-run single against Aaron Heilman(notes)

Tulowitzki just missed a second homer in his second at-bat; umpires waved it foul and video replay — which was getting its first use ever at Coors — confirmed the call. He followed the foul ball with a single.

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• Not counting Tulo's, here's a chronological list of every recorded cycle in major league history.

• Here's a breakdown by team.

• Here's a Wikipedia listing of players with two or more cycles.

• Here's a detailed list of every cycle ever hit.

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