PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Charlie Blackmon put on a power display against the Phillies unlike any player before. Still, the Rockies couldn’t get a win in the three-game series.
Blackmon homered twice to give him five for the series, but Jimmy Paredes singled, doubled, homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies held on to complete a three-game sweep with a 7-6 victory Sunday.
Blackmon became the first Rockies player ever to hit five homers in a three-game series and the first player to do it in a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.
“It was fun to watch,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “When a guy gets in a zone like that, it’s pretty amazing.”
He is batting .548 with eight homers and 14 RBIs in his last nine games.
“If you play baseball long enough, eventually you’re going to get hot,” Blackmon said. “I’m grateful I’m seeing the ball, but I’m not going to get too excited.”
Nick Hundley added three hits and a pair of RBIs for the Rockies, who have lost three in a row and seven of eight. Hundley’s two-out single in the ninth pulled the Rockies within a run, but Jeanmar Gomez got Gerardo Parra to pop out to center for the final out with the tying run on third base for his 31st save in 34 chances.
Severino Gonzalez (1-2) gave up one run on two hits in two innings in relief of starter Adam Morgan, who was injured in the fourth inning.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood (10-8) didn’t record an out against any of the four batters he faced in the frame, leaving after giving up six runs – four earned – on six hits with four strikeouts and five walks in four-plus innings. The loss was the first on the road this season for Chatwood, who entered 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA away from Coors Field.
More concerning for Chatwood was his back.
Chatwood said he experienced upper back tightness similar to that which landed him on the disabled list from June 19-July 5. He wasn’t able to throw his fastball away to right-handers or inside to lefties, or finish on his breaking ball. He’s unsure whether he’ll make his next start, and it will depend on results of further tests Monday.
“It was kind of tight throughout,” Chatwood said. “It’s hard when you’re pitching hurt. The game is hard as it is.”
The Phillies scored three runs in the fifth to break a 3-all tie. Freddy Galvis hit the go-ahead RBI single, Paredes doubled home a run and Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single to give the Phillies a 6-3 lead.
On a hot, humid afternoon, the teams played sloppy baseball by combining for five errors, a wild pitch, a balk and a hit batter. There also was a botched tag and bobbled ball that resulted in a run for each team.
Nolan Arenado had a pair of errors and Chatwood and Daniel Descalso had one each for Colorado. Odubel Herrera dropped a ball in center field for Philadelphia’s lone error.
“Certainly not clicking, but guys never quit,” Weiss said. “We still were fighting to the last out.”
The Phillies also had a miscue in the third inning that wasn’t scored an error when Hernandez failed to apply the tag on Blackmon at second base after a throw from left field beat Blackmon with time to spare. Second-base umpire Gary Cederstrom called Blackmon out, but replays showed Hernandez never touched Blackmon.
Blackmon avoided the tag with a nifty slide in which he kicked his legs away from Hernandez.
Asked how to describe it, he said, “Like a ninja spiderman.”
Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, ending his major league-leading 19-game hitting streak.
Rockies: Gonzalez has been battling a left ankle sprain. He was out of the starting lineup after starting Saturday night’s game, but said he didn’t suffer a setback and the club thought it best for him to rest his ankle on a day game following a night game.
Colorado returns home for the start of a six-game homestand that begins Monday night for the first of three against the Nationals. Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.25) faces Washington RHP Max Scherzer (12-7, 2.80).
– By AARON BRACY, AP Sports Writer
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