Blackmon sets club record with 5-HR series

Center fielder goes yard three times Friday and hits a pair in finale

Blackmon sets club record with 5-HR series

PHILADELPHIA -- At an age when many players reach their peak, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon is producing for average and power like never before.

The 30-year-old's two home runs in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Phillies gave him a club-record five homers over the three-game series, even though the Rockies were swept. Four homers in a three-game set had been accomplished 10 previous times by nine players (Todd Helton did it twice).

Sunday brought Blackmon's home run total to 20, one more than his 2014 total, which was his previous career best. In his previous two years as center fielder and leadoff man, Blackmon had considerably stronger performances on the road than at home. But Sunday brought his road batting average to .326, which actually exceeds his .322 at Coors Field, and he has 11 homers on the road, compared to nine at Coors Field.

Blackmon's two-homer game

"I think, for no other reason, my baseball skills are going to get better, and that's why I produce," Blackmon said. "So I was expecting to do better than I did last year.

"I guess I'm a bit of a late bloomer. I get to play with really good baseball players every day, like DJ [LeMahieu] CarGo [Carlos Gonzalez] and Nolan [Arenado]. I watch what they do well and try to do that."

Blackmon said he won't waste effort celebrating.

"I'm seeing the ball well, but I'm not going to get too excited about it, because I know tomorrow or next week or whatever, things aren't going to go so well," he said.

Blackmon's three-homer game

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.