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Blackmon goes 6 for 6 in Rockies' rout of Diamondbacks

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DENVER -- So maybe going 6 for 6 isn't quite enough for his manager to award Charlie Blackmon the everyday job in centerfield.

Still, Walt Weiss did promise his platoon outfielder this much: "He'll be in there tomorrow."

That's good enough for Blackmon. He tied a team record with six hits and drove in five runs, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-2 in their home opener Friday.

Blackmon had three doubles, a two-run homer and scored four times. The only other Rockies player with six hits in a game was Andres Galarraga against Houston on July 3, 1995.

"When you get an opportunity to play, it's really nice to come up and contribute," said Blackmon, who's sporting a bushy beard.

Blackmon acknowledged he's never had that many hits in a game -- on any level.

"Pretty amazing," he said.

Carlos Gonzalez certainly thought so.

"I don't think I ever hit 6 for 6 in my life," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy for him. He's proving to everybody he deserves to be in the big leagues and every day in the lineup."

And yet Weiss' plan is to keep platooning Blackmon with Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson.

Unless, of course, Blackmon has more days like this. Thanks to his big afternoon, Blackmon is hitting .563 (9 for 16).

"He had a pretty good day," Weiss said.

Same goes for Gonzalez, who added a two-run triple and a two-run homer off the facing of the third deck as the Rockies improved to 13-9 in home openers.

That was more than enough for Juan Nicasio (1-0), who surrendered one run and four hits in seven efficient innings. His only mistake was a slider that Mark Trumbo hit for a solo homer in the fifth.

"He pitched well," Paul Goldschmidt said. "He used his fastball a lot and he was getting ahead right there. He was locating it, moving it in and out. He was doing a good job. They made some good plays out there and we weren't able to get enough going."

With the loss, the Diamondbacks fell to 1-6, tying their worst start in franchise history.

"Game's over now. You just go out tomorrow and play as hard as you can, and that's what the guys will do," Goldschmidt said. "We just haven't played well enough."

Goldschmidt did extend his hitting streak to 26 games dating to last season with an RBI single in the eighth, It's the second-longest streak in club history, four behind the mark Luis Gonzalez set from April 11 to May 18, 1999.

Randall Delgado (0-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Colorado finished with 17 hits, with Blackmon leading from the leadoff spot. A triple shy of the cycle, he lined the ball into the left-field corner in the eighth, then pulled up at second when Trumbo quickly corralled the ball.

He was tempted to go, though.

"I didn't even know where it went when I hit it," Blackmon said. "You know you had a good day when you hit a ball and it ends up two inches inside the line."

Michael Cuddyer kept his hot streak going, finishing with three hits. The reigning NL batting champion has multiple hits in four of his first five games.

Arizona third baseman Martin Prado left in the sixth after cutting his left index finger tagging out Blackmon on a steal attempt. He said Blackmon's spike caught the finger sticking out of his glove.

"It was bleeding a lot," Prado said. "Fortunately for me, it just took a little skin off."

As a motivator, the Rockies have stenciled the numbers one through 100 on panels above the lockers in the clubhouse. With each win, that panel is filled in with purple.

Win No. 2 was secured with Blackmon's help. He even received a standing ovation in his last plate appearance.

"I missed it," Blackmon said. "But I received a lot of applause when I went out to [the outfield]. It was really nice."

Notes

Arizona 2B Aaron Hill finished 2 for 4 and is hitting .370 against Colorado in his career. It's one of the highest marks among active players. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0) will start Saturday for the Diamondbacks against Colorado and LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-1). ... LHP Boone Logan (elbow inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He could join the team Sunday.

 
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Manager Walt Weiss appreciates platoon outfielder Charlie Blackmon's monster day at the plate.  (USATSI)
Manager Walt Weiss appreciates platoon outfielder Charlie Blackmon's monster day at the plate. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

C. Blackmon
AB 6
R 4
H 6
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF5100012 .259
Aaron Hill, 2B4020010 .308
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3011101 .414
Martin Prado, 3B3010002 .143
   Eric Chavez, 3B1000002 .000
Miguel Montero, C4000003 .238
Mark Trumbo, LF4121010 .310
Chris Owings, SS4010011 .409
A.J. Pollock, CF4010021 .148
Randall Delgado, P2000010 .000
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a-Tony Campana, PH1000000 .000
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   b-Cliff Pennington, PH1000002 .200
Totals3628217  
a-grounded out for Ziegler in the 8th
b-lined out for Perez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill 2 (4, Nicasio)
HR - Mark Trumbo (3, Nicasio)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (4), Mark Trumbo (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hill-Owings-Goldschmidt
E - Chris Owings (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randall Delgado (L,0-1) 41066231 11.57
J.J. Putz 1000110 0.00
Joe Thatcher 1321001 2.45
Brad Ziegler 1322100 6.75
Oliver Perez 1122200 18.00
IBB - LeMahieu by J.J. Putz
HBP - Culberson (by Brad Ziegler)
Pitches-Strikes - Randall Delgado 99-60, J.J. Putz 17-9, Joe Thatcher 20-13, Brad Ziegler 21-13, Oliver Perez 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randall Delgado 4-4, J.J. Putz 2-0, Joe Thatcher 1-2, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Oliver Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Randall Delgado 23, J.J. Putz 4, Joe Thatcher 6, Brad Ziegler 8, Oliver Perez 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF-LF6465000 .563
Michael Cuddyer, RF5231010 .455
   Drew Stubbs, CF1000001 .000
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4224101 .368
   Chad Bettis, P0000000 .000
   Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3021100 .333
   a-Charlie Culberson, PH-SS0001000 .250
Justin Morneau, 1B4010105 .353
Wilin Rosario, C5010003 .214
Nolan Arenado, 3B5000025 .143
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3210201 .200
Juan Nicasio, P3000014 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH-RF1210100 .167
Totals4012171264  
a-hit by pitch for Tulowitzki in the 7th
b-tripled for Nicasio in the 7th
Batting
2B - Charlie Blackmon 3 (3, Delgado)
3B - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Delgado), Brandon Barnes (1, Ziegler)
HR - Charlie Blackmon (1, Delgado), Carlos Gonzalez (2, Thatcher)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon 5 (6), Michael Cuddyer (5), Carlos Gonzalez 4 (7), Troy Tulowitzki (2), Charlie Culberson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon 3 (3), Charlie Culberson (1)
CS - Charlie Blackmon (1, 3rd base by Thatcher/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio (W,1-0) 7411161 1.29
Chad Bettis 1211010 18.00
Wilton Lopez 1200000 4.91
WP - Chad Bettis (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 88-64, Chad Bettis 24-17, Wilton Lopez 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 10-5, Chad Bettis 1-2, Wilton Lopez 1-2
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 26, Chad Bettis 6, Wilton Lopez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 49130
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Andy Fletcher