Blackmon leads Rox past D-Backs in home opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014

DENVER (AP) — So maybe going 6 for 6 isn't quite enough for his manager to award Charlie Blackmon the everyday job in centerfield.

Still, Walt Weiss did promise his platoon outfielder this much: "He'll be in there tomorrow."

That's good enough for Blackmon. He tied a team record with six hits and drove in five runs, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-2 in their home opener Friday.

Blackmon had three doubles, a two-run homer and scored four times. The only other Rockies player with six hits in a game was Andres Galarraga against Houston on July 3, 1995.

"When you get an opportunity to play, it's really nice to come up and contribute," said Blackmon, who's sporting a bushy beard.

Blackmon acknowledged he's never had that many hits in a game — on any level.

"Pretty amazing," he said.

Carlos Gonzalez certainly thought so.

"I don't think I ever hit 6 for 6 in my life," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy for him. He's proving to everybody he deserves to be in the big leagues and every day in the lineup."

And yet Weiss' plan is to keep platooning Blackmon with Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson.

Unless, of course, Blackmon has more days like this. Thanks to his big afternoon, Blackmon is hitting .563 (9 for 16).

"He had a pretty good day," Weiss said.

Same goes for Gonzalez, who added a two-run triple and a two-run homer off the facing of the third deck as the Rockies improved to 13-9 in home openers.

That was more than enough for Juan Nicasio (1-0), who surrendered one run and four hits in seven efficient innings. His only mistake was a slider that Mark Trumbo hit for a solo homer in the fifth.

"He pitched well," Paul Goldschmidt said. "He used his fastball a lot and he was getting ahead right there. He was locating it, moving it in and out. He was doing a good job. They made some good plays out there and we weren't able to get enough going."

With the loss, the Diamondbacks fell to 1-6, tying their worst start in franchise history.

"Game's over now. You just go out tomorrow and play as hard as you can, and that's what the guys will do," Goldschmidt said. "We just haven't played well enough."

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