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Rockies SS Tulowitzki leaves game with leg injury

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki reacts to Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte being hit in the head by a pitch from Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Friday, July 18, 2014. The Pir Photo: Gene J. Puskar

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki reacts to Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte being hit in the head by a pitch from Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Friday, July 18, 2014. The Pir

PITTSBURGH (AP) Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was forced out of Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates by a cramp in his left thigh.

Tulowitzki was running out a ground ball to shortstop in the top of the fourth inning when he grabbed his left leg halfway down the first base line. He was thrown out easily and gingerly made his way to the dugout before being replaced by Josh Rutledge.

The 29-year-old Tulowitzki is in the middle of a career season. He began play Saturday leading the major leagues with a .342 batting average. His 71 runs scored are also tops in the majors.

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