Turner celebrates birthday with third career cycle

Trea Turner hits a cycle against the Rays

Trea Turner couldn't have picked a better way to celebrate his 28th birthday Wednesday night. 

The Nationals' shortstop went for the cycle against the Rays in his first four at-bats at Nats Park. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the second, homered in the fourth and then tripled in the sixth to clinch his third career cycle. 

Turner is now tied for the most cycles ever for one player. He cycled in April of 2017 and again in July of 2019. It appears every two years we get a Turner cycle, so mark the 2023 season down as the one where he'll break the record. 

With Schwarber hitting a home run just about every game, Turner's cycle adds to a red-hot month for the Washington offense.

It's played a large part in them rocketing up the NL East standings and Turner's big day helped them hang 11 runs on one of the best teams in baseball. 

Turner entered Wednesday's game hitting .310 on the season with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 16 stolen bases.