Blackmon's 3 hits, HR lead Rockies past Twins 7-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies don't care what time of year it is.

Colorado is winning games, even on the road, and believes this success can last through the whole season.

Charlie Blackmon hit a towering two-run homer during a four-run sixth inning and finished with three hits to lead the Rockies over the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Blackmon had three RBIs, Gerardo Parra added a solo homer and Kyle Freeland pitched six innings as first-place Colorado earned its 12th win in 17 road games.

''I don't think it needs to be discredited,'' Desmond said of the early season sample. ''Every win is important. I don't care if it is in April, May or September. You want to win games. You want to win series and you give yourself a chance to play meaningful games at the end. ... I'm really confident in what we can do.''

Freeland (4-2) allowed three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out three. Greg Holland recorded his 17th save in 17 chances after Minnesota put two runners on in the ninth against Chris Rusin.

Byron Buxton hit a solo homer for the Twins, but Phil Hughes (4-2) had another disappointing outing. He gave up five runs, eight hits and a walk in five innings.

''I kind of had to rely on just cutters and four-seamers, really,'' Hughes said. ''It's kind of tough when you can only lean on two of your four pitches.''

Colorado has adjusted well to playing away from altitude this season with a pitching staff that entered with the best road ERA and opponents' batting average in the majors. Freeland is one of three rookie members of that rotation.

The Rockies haven't had a winning record on the road since 2009 and went 33-48 away from Coors Field last season.

''When we've gotten together, and this goes back to spring training, we've just talked about how we play,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''We don't worry about the opposition. We don't worry about where we play. We worry about playing good baseball. I think that's the message that is circulating around the clubhouse.''

Freeland managed his way through trouble as Minnesota left five runners on in the first four innings and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Jason Castro and Brian Dozier had RBI doubles in the second against Freeland.

Minnesota is also in first place, but the AL Central leaders dropped to 8-11 at home.

Hughes has allowed at least four runs in three of his past four starts and at least four runs in each of his three starts at home. Hughes departed after allowing a double to Carlos Gonzalez and an RBI single by Ian Desmond to open the sixth.

WOLTERS RETURNS

Colorado reinstated catcher Tony Wolters from the 10-day disabled list prior to the game and optioned catcher Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Wolters left with a concussion on May 2 after he was hit in the head by a bat on a swing. His .346 average this season is tied for fourth among major league catchers with at least 15 games played.

Wolters was 1 for 4 on Tuesday and threw out Eddie Rosario trying to steal second base in the fourth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: SS Trevor Story is scheduled to take batting practice with the team Wednesday as he tries to recover from a left shoulder strain. Story fielded ground balls Tuesday with no issues. ... OF David Dahl (rib stress reaction) could take batting practice with the team on Wednesday. Dahl has been out all season with the injury. ... C Tom Murphy (fracture right forearm) threw and also swung the bat Tuesday, and manager Bud Black said he's getting closer to taking batting practice.

UP NEXT

Rookie RHP German Marquez (1-2, 4.88 ERA) starts Wednesday for Colorado against Minnesota RHP Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50). Marquez is coming off eight scoreless innings in his last outing against the Chicago Cubs. Santana allowed four earned runs in a no-decision against the White Sox.

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RockiesCOL25-15
0201040007100
TwinsMIN19-16
020100000361
  • W: K. Freeland (4-2)L: P. Hughes (4-2)S: G. Holland (17)
  • HR: COL - G. Parra (4), C. Blackmon (9), MIN - B. Buxton (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51331000.319.360.619.97910.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50100011.292.363.364.7260.5
N. Arenado 3B40100002.298.347.576.9231.0
M. Reynolds DH40000023.317.389.6121.000-1.0
C. Gonzalez RF41100022.214.281.321.6012.0
I. Desmond 1B41210010.317.333.450.7833.5
G. Parra LF32111111.272.306.408.7137.5
P. Valaika SS31000000.250.283.545.8281.0
T. Wolters C41110001.339.383.446.8304.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B30210102.248.359.421.7816.0
    R. Grossman RF20000202.241.400.361.7612.0
    M. Sano 3B40000014.287.427.6431.070-0.5
    K. Vargas 1B40000024.236.259.491.750-1.0
    E. Escobar DH40000002.231.306.462.7670.0
    J. Polanco SS31000110.248.306.364.6701.5
    J. Castro C41210000.202.304.360.6636.0
    B. Buxton CF31111011.178.252.287.5395.5
    E. Rosario LF30100001.273.294.405.6990.0
    a- C. Gimenez PH10000010.189.333.270.604-0.5
    • a-struck out (wild pitch) for Rosario in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Gonzalez (8), T. Wolters (4)
    • HR - C. Blackmon (9), G. Parra (4)
    • SH - P. Valaika
    • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (30), I. Desmond (8), G. Parra (14), T. Wolters (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (18)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (6), J. Castro 2 (5)
    • HR - B. Buxton (2)
    • SH - B. Buxton
    • RBI - B. Dozier (12), J. Castro (11), B. Buxton (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (6), B. Buxton
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Rosario (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Desmond, D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Grossman
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (W, 4-2)6.05334313.131.5017.5
    C. Rusin1.00000002.420.003.0
    A. Ottavino1.00000103.380.003.5
    J. McGee0.21000202.401.500.0
    G. Holland (S, 17)0.10000001.040.007.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (W, 4-2)6.0
    C. Rusin1.0
    A. Ottavino1.0
    J. McGee0.2
    G. Holland (S, 17)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Hughes (L, 4-2)5.08551315.231.80-2.5
    T. Duffey2.12220312.790.863.5
    C. Breslow1.20000102.030.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Hughes (L, 4-2)5.0
    T. Duffey2.1
    C. Breslow1.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. McGee
    • HBP - C. Rusin
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-59, C. Rusin 12-9, A. Ottavino 19-13, J. McGee 24-14, G. Holland 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-5, C. Rusin 3-0, A. Ottavino 1-1, J. McGee 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 25, C. Rusin 4, A. Ottavino 3, J. McGee 4, G. Holland
    • Balks - K. Freeland
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 91-61, T. Duffey 27-22, C. Breslow 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 4-8, T. Duffey 3-1, C. Breslow 2-2
    • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 24, T. Duffey 9, C. Breslow 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RockiesCOL25-15
    0201040007100
    TwinsMIN19-16
    020100000361
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF51331000.319.360.619.97910.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B50100011.292.363.364.7260.5
    N. Arenado 3B40100002.298.347.576.9231.0
    M. Reynolds DH40000023.317.389.6121.000-1.0
    C. Gonzalez RF41100022.214.281.321.6012.0
    I. Desmond 1B41210010.317.333.450.7833.5
    G. Parra LF32111111.272.306.408.7137.5
    P. Valaika SS31000000.250.283.545.8281.0
    T. Wolters C41110001.339.383.446.8304.0
    Total39810621711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B30210102.248.359.421.7816.0
      R. Grossman RF20000202.241.400.361.7612.0
      M. Sano 3B40000014.287.427.6431.070-0.5
      K. Vargas 1B40000024.236.259.491.750-1.0
      E. Escobar DH40000002.231.306.462.7670.0
      J. Polanco SS31000110.248.306.364.6701.5
      J. Castro C41210000.202.304.360.6636.0
      B. Buxton CF31111011.178.252.287.5395.5
      E. Rosario LF30100001.273.294.405.6990.0
      a- C. Gimenez PH10000010.189.333.270.604-0.5
      Total3136314616-----
      • a-struck out (wild pitch) for Rosario in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Gonzalez (8), T. Wolters (4)
      • HR - C. Blackmon (9), G. Parra (4)
      • SH - P. Valaika
      • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (30), I. Desmond (8), G. Parra (14), T. Wolters (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (6), J. Castro 2 (5)
      • HR - B. Buxton (2)
      • SH - B. Buxton
      • RBI - B. Dozier (12), J. Castro (11), B. Buxton (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (6), B. Buxton
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Rosario (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Desmond, D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Grossman
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (W, 4-2)6.05334313.131.5017.5
      C. Rusin1.00000002.420.003.0
      A. Ottavino1.00000103.380.003.5
      J. McGee0.21000202.401.500.0
      G. Holland (S, 17)0.10000001.040.007.0
      Total9.0633461---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (W, 4-2)6.0
      C. Rusin1.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      J. McGee0.2
      G. Holland (S, 17)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Hughes (L, 4-2)5.08551315.231.80-2.5
      T. Duffey2.12220312.790.863.5
      C. Breslow1.20000102.030.003.5
      Total9.01077172---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Hughes (L, 4-2)5.0
      T. Duffey2.1
      C. Breslow1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. McGee
      • HBP - C. Rusin
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-59, C. Rusin 12-9, A. Ottavino 19-13, J. McGee 24-14, G. Holland 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-5, C. Rusin 3-0, A. Ottavino 1-1, J. McGee 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 25, C. Rusin 4, A. Ottavino 3, J. McGee 4, G. Holland
      • Balks - K. Freeland
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 91-61, T. Duffey 27-22, C. Breslow 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 4-8, T. Duffey 3-1, C. Breslow 2-2
      • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 24, T. Duffey 9, C. Breslow 5
      • 6TH INNING
        Blackmon homered to right center, Wolters scored73
        Wolters doubled to right center, Valaika scored on Grossman fielding error53
        Desmond singled to right, Gonzalez scored43
      • 4TH INNING
        Buxton homered to center33
        Parra homered to right32
      • 2ND INNING
        Dozier doubled to deep right center, Castro scored22
        Castro doubled to shallow left, Polanco scored21
        Blackmon singled to right, Parra scored20
        Wolters grounded out to first, Desmond scored, Parra to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Breslow Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. McGee Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to third
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro doubled to deep center
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • C. Gimenez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gimenez struck out, reached on passed ball
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Valaika popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Ottavino Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Vargas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Buxton grounded out to third
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to first
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier hit by pitch
        • R. Grossman: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Grossman grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep right
        • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond singled to right, Gonzalez scored
        • G. Parra: Parra reached on fielder's choice to third, Desmond out at second
        • P. Valaika: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Valaika reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Parra out at second
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wolters doubled to right center, Valaika scored on Grossman fielding error
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon homered to right center, Wolters scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Polanco fouled out to catcher
        • J. Castro: Castro lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep center
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado singled to left
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked, Dozier to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Sano flied out to deep center, Dozier to third
        • K. Vargas: Foul, Vargas grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grossman out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Parra homered to right
        • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Valaika lined out to left
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Castro flied out to left
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton homered to center
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario reached on an infield single to second
        • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Rosario caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado flied out to left
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • K. Vargas: Foul, Foul, Vargas grounded out to first
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Desmond singled to left center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked, Desmond to second
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Ball, Valaika hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Desmond to third, Parra to second
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters grounded out to first, Desmond scored, Parra to third
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon singled to right, Parra scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Castro doubled to shallow left, Polanco scored
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Buxton hit sacrifice bunt to first, Castro to third
        • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to left
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier doubled to deep right center, Castro scored
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to shallow right
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu singled to right, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado lined out to right
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Reynolds flied out to deep right, Blackmon to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier singled to center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Grossman walked, Dozier to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Dozier out at third, Grossman to second
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Escobar reached on fielder's choice to third, Grossman out at third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)