Blackmon is #ASGWorthy with blistering bat

Rockies' center fielder flirts with cycle in 4-hit, 3-RBI night

Blackmon is #ASGWorthy with blistering bat

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has no problem putting his name in the history books. He thought about it in the eighth inning Friday night.

Blackmon came to the plate a double shy of a cycle in the eighth inning of a 10-0 victory over the Cardinals, and he lashed a pitch from Miguel Socolovich into right-center with two outs in his final at-bat. And when his liner landed in right-center, he was "thinking double the whole way."

But as he rounded first, with little chance of beating a Dexter Fowler throw to second, Blackmon -- who tallied his Majors-leading 45th RBI on the play -- decided it wasn't right.

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And for a guy who seems to have done everything right this year -- including his 12th homer of the season on a three-RBI night -- he's not going to do what he thinks is wrong.

"You've got to have some respect for the game, and that, to me, is not a situation where you try and stretch something into a double just for the sake of getting a double," Blackmon said. "This game is hard … and I'm really trying hard. Everybody in this league is trying hard, so I think you respect the game. You respect your opponents."

Rockies' eight-run 8th inning

Blackmon singled to open the bottom of the fourth, tripled in a second-inning run off Cards starter Carlos Martinez, walked in the fifth and homered off Martinez for a 3-0 lead with one out in an eighth. Blackmon's RBI single would complete an eight-run eighth. And the single was enough.

"Charlie will be the first to tell you: I don't think he's about individual accomplishments. He's about the team," Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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