Blackmon's slam caps epic night at plate

Blackmon's slam caps epic night at plate

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon's seventh-inning grand slam -- which gave the Rockies a record-tying seven home runs in Tuesday night's 17-4 victory over the Reds -- soared into the home bullpen in right field and right into the glove of reliever Justin Miller.

"I didn't even have to move -- it would've hit me right in the chest," Miller said. "Nobody could've thrown it any better."

The Rockies couldn't homer at will to an exact location, although it seemed that way on a night that saw the club also set franchise records for extra-base hits with 14 and total bases with 47, and set a season high with 19 hits.

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Interestingly, the record the Rockies tied was established not at Coors Field, or even at old Mile High Stadium, but at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on April 5, 1997. On Tuesday, the Rox did the old Blake Street Bombers teams of the mid-to-late 1990s proud.

Rockies hit seven homers

"We hit seven homers as a team tonight?" said Blackmon, who opened the first with a shot to become the first player in club history to hit leadoff homers in consecutive games. "That's a lot of homers. We should do that every time. We have a really offensive team. A lot of guys have some power.

"Seven is a lot. The Bombers couldn't do it. Why did we do it? Everybody got locked in tonight at the same time."

The homers meant a lot to a lot of people in addition to Blackmon. For example:

• A night after taking his first day off this season, Nolan Arenado launched two two-run shots, in the first and fourth. He moved into the National League lead and tie the White Sox Todd Frazier for the Majors lead with 16.

CarGo's solo blast

Carlos Gonzalez's second-inning solo shot gave him homers in four straight games for the second time in his career. He did it June 28-31, 2010.

LeMahieu's four-hit game

DJ LeMahieu in the second inning and Gerardo Parra to lead off the third had homers on a night when both finished a triple shy of a cycle. It was LeMahieu's first homer since April 6, and Parra's first since May 1.

The Reds also tied their record for giving up homers -- accomplished twice before, the last time May 25, 1979, at Dodger Stadium.

The Rockies have a reputation for bashing at home, but they're just 10-13 at Coors this season.

"I think the last time we had a game like this was in San Fran," Arenado said. "I think every game we've played at home this year was kind of a grind. It was nice to come out and swing the bats well."

Gonzalez's stat sheet for the month read more like a misery index through May 21: a .183 average, one home run, one RBI and three doubles. But no one who had more than a passing knowledge of the player worried. Gonzalez struggled through late May last season, but he finished the year with 40 home runs.

Gonzalez finished this May on a nine-game hitting streak that, including Tuesday's 3-for-5 performance, has him hitting .514 (19-for-37) with five homers, 11 runs, two doubles, one triple and nine RBIs. The opposite-way shot to right -- the last of four homers yielded by Reds starter Jon Moscot -- came on a night when he consistently launched balls hard the other way.

"I was seeing the ball well," Gonzalez said. "In the first inning, I hit the ball pretty decent the other way, but it was a great pitch by them staying away. In the second at-bat when I hit the home run, I was kind of leaning toward the pitch away."

The Rockies swung with power and precision, no matter the score or inning. After Moscot left, Parra and Arenado homered off Wright, and the first grand slam of the Rockies' season and Blackmon's career came off Dayan Diaz.

"You saw guys still swinging at good pitches, hitting balls hard, not losing focus or chasing out of the zone," Blackmon said. "We did a good job being competitive for nine innings."

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.