Shin-Soo Choo pounds the Colorado Rockies, especially at Coors Field.
Choo looks to build upon his best hitting display of the season as the Texas Rangers go for back-to-back wins over Colorado on Wednesday.
A career .350 hitter against the Rockies, Choo is 16 for 30 with eight extra-base hits in 10 games in Colorado. The right fielder got his first career cycle Tuesday, collecting three RBIs and scoring three runs in a 9-0 win for Texas' third victory in 13 games.
Choo is 11 for 22 with four homers and seven RBIs in his last seven road games but is batting a career-worst .235 overall.
"He has had some challenges this year, and he has answered a lot of them," manager Jeff Banister told MLB's official website. "To see him end the night the way he has, his teammates cheering him on and yelling for him to go to third, it was great to see."
He wasn't the only Ranger with four hits Tuesday as rookie Delino DeShields set a career high and came up a homer shy of his own cycle after striking out in the ninth.
"I was talking to (Banister) and I said, 'It would be kind of cool if we both get it,'" said DeShields, who had two RBIs. "He said, 'Don't try to. If it happens, it happens.' My last at-bat I should have taken a chance; I didn't. I was beating myself up about it. We got the win. That's all that matters."
Prince Fielder homered and singled, giving him a .429 average in his past nine at Coors. His .341 season average is behind only Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (.350) in the AL.
The Rangers (44-49) are giving Martin Perez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The left-hander allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings of a 3-2 loss at Houston on Friday in his first outing since May 10, 2014.
"He had good angle and good movement on his fastball and the velocity with it," Banister said. "The velocity was up to 94 (mph) ... his breaking ball was sharp."
Perez gave up five runs, including two-run homers to Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado, in five innings of an 8-2 road loss in his only start against Colorado on May 5, 2014.
Tulowitzki's streak of reaching base was snapped at 41 games Tuesday.
"I think this will make me a better player because I think I was better," said Tulowitzki, who homered in three of the previous four games. "Hopefully I can be into every single pitch and pretend like something is on the line."
The Rockies (40-52) have dropped three of four with a 5.29 ERA and will turn to Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.30), who has a 2.17 ERA over his last five starts. His only loss in that span came Friday at San Diego, giving up three runs on two homers in five innings of a 4-2 loss.
De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Rangers. He's held Choo hitless in seven at-bats and Fielder to 3 for 14.
De La Rosa may not have to contend with Josh Hamilton since Banister is looking to rest him ahead of Thursday's open date due to a nagging hamstring and groin. Texas faces the Angels on Friday in the slugger's return to Los Angeles after being traded away two months ago.
Banister knows Hamilton, 1 for 10 in the series, wants to play as much as possible.
"The rhythm of the game, the routine of the game, those are all important for everyday players," Banister said. "It's tough to play a couple of days and have any feel or rhythm for the game."