DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon's five-hit performance wasn't enough to prevent the Colorado Rockies' 9-3 loss Saturday to the Minnesota Twins. It was still reason for encouragement in the eyes of manager Walt Weiss.
It marked Blackmon's 29th multihit game of the season, including a career-best six-hit game against Arizona on April 4. It was also his fourth straight multihit game since dealing with a little bit of a lull after a hot start to his season.
"Charlie got off to a phenomenal start and leveled out a little bit like everybody does," Weiss said. "Good to see Charlie rolling again."
Blackmon's five singles was the 11th time he had knocked out three or more hits in a game. Only teammate Troy Tulowitzki (14) and Dee Gordon and Starlin Castro with 12 games each have done it more often in the National League this year.
Still, the Rockies struggled to string together hits or deliver the big hit against Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (5-11), who pitched six innings of one run-ball.
"He was cutting the ball on us really good, going away from the righties and in on the lefties," Weiss said.
Meanwhile, Colorado starter Tyler Matzek struggled out of the gate.
Matzek took a drive off his left knee by leadoff hitter Brian Dozier. After misfiring on an attempted pickoff play to get Dozier at second base, Eduardo Escobar reached on a fielder's choice.
"I lollipopped it over," Matzek said. "I should have chased him down and made a better throw."
Matzek (1-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings in the loss.
Up 4-1, the Twins secured the win with a three-run eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Chris Parmelee hit a bases-loaded single to drive in a pair, and the third run scored on Dozier's sacrifice fly.
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki and an obstruction call on Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
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