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 MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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