Kung Fu Panda hits for cycle

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, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

DENVER -- San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, became the first Giants player to hit for the cycle since Fred Lewis accomplished the feat on May 13, 2007, also at Coors Field.

Sandoval picked up the first leg of the feat when he blasted a pitch from Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin over the right field wall for a two-run homer in the opening inning. He singled up the middle in the second and ripped a double to left to start the fifth.

He came up to attempt the hardest part of the cycle in the sixth against Chacin. He drove a high fastball into the right-centre field gap. The ball hit high off the wall and caromed away from right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, allowing Sandoval to hustle all the way and dive head-first into third base.

DESMOND'S CAREER DAY

NEW YORK -- Ian Desmond registered the first five-hit game of his career and drove in three runs, as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 10-1, to extend their winning streak to five games.

Washington's Tom Milone (1-0) earned his first career win, limiting New York to a run on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

"He had everything working," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of his pitcher. "He jammed a lot of guys."

CARDS MISS HOLLIDAY

ST. LOUIS. -- The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to be without left fielder Matt Holliday for their four-game series in Philadelphia because of an inflammed tendon in his right middle finger.

Holliday, who is hitless in his last two contests, sat out the Cardinals' win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday as he returned to St. Louis to be examined.

CHOO RETURNS

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day DL Thursday.

Choo was put on the DL August 28 with a left oblique strain. He also was on the DL from June 25 to Aug. 11 with a broken left thumb.


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