Nationals' Turner triples to complete MLB cycle


Trea Turner made the most of the thin mountain air to post a gaudy stat line, including the second cycle of the 2017 MLB season on Tuesday.

The Washington Nationals' speedster, reassuming his rightful post as lead-off hitter, clobbered the Colorado Rockies to the tune of four hits and seven RBIs.

Three of those runs came in the top of seventh inning when Turner roped a line drive down the right field line for a bases-clearing triple, completing the first cycle of his young career and ninth in Nationals history.

Turner singled and doubled in his first two at-bats and hit a two-run home run -- his first of the season -- off Jordan Lyles in the top of the sixth. He is the first Nationals player to hit for the cycle since Christian Guzman in 2008.

It followed on from Wil Myers' cycle for the San Diego Padres earlier this season.

The 23-year-old Turner was off to a slow start to his second MLB season, in part due to a trip to the disabled list that cost him 10 games.

He had been batting second in the Nats' potent line-up in four games since his return, but Dusty Baker moved him back to the number one slot to set off a spark.

It worked. Turner raised his average from .219 to .297 with the huge performance.