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A fifth cyclist joins popular Tour de Hits

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Diamondbacks 12, Astros 9

At this rate, baseball will have more cyclists than that tour in France.

Luis Gonzalez became the first Arizona player to hit for the cycle, going on the Tour de Hits against his former team Wednesday night as the Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 12-9.

"To know that only 200-some guys have done it in history makes it special," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, who went 4-for-6, was the 229th player to hit for the cycle in major league history and the fifth this season. Mike Lansing of Colorado (June 18 vs. Arizona), Jose Valentin of the Chicago White Sox (April 27 vs. Baltimore), Jason Kendall of Pittsburgh (May 19 vs. St. Louis) and Eric Chavez of Oakland (June 21 vs. Baltimore) also did it this season.

The most cycles ever in one season was eight in 1933, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician.

Travis Lee, Steve Finley and Damian Miller had three hits each for Arizona.

EXPOS 6, BRAVES 5: Kevin Millwood (5-7) gave up run-scoring singles to Rondell White and Vladimir Guerrero as Montreal broke out of a seventh-inning tie at Turner Field.

DODGERS 7, PADRES 5: Todd Hundley hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth and Eric Karros had a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth.

PIRATES 9, CUBS 6: Wil Cordero had two homers and a career-high six RBIs at Wrigley Field.

METS 11, MARLINS 2: Mike Hampton (8-5) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and won for the sixth time in seven decisions, allowing two runs — one earned — and three hits in six innings.

GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2: Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer and Marvin Benard added a solo shot as Colorado lost its 11th straight at San Francisco.

CARDINALS 4, REDS 3: Pat Hentgen (7-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven strong innings at St. Louis, which broke a 3-all tie in the seventh when pinch-hitter Shawon Dunston homered.

PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2: Mike Lieberthal hit a three-run homer off Jamey Wright (4-2) in a four-run fifth at County Stadium.