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Blackmon's homer helps Rockies blow out Mets

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The Canadian Press
5/3/2014 12:07:28 AM
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DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon homered among his three hits, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively for six innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 10-3 Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Troy Tulowitzki added three hits and three RBIs, and Nolan Arenado extended the majors' longest hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the seventh.

The flashy third baseman, whose streak is tied for the third-longest in Rockies history, also made an eye-catching stop of Chris Young's sharply hit grounder down the line in the eighth, finishing the play with an off-balance throw across the diamond.

De La Rosa (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits, including a two-run homer by Curtis Granderson in the sixth. The left-hander struck out four and walked three in winning his third straight since an 0-3 start.

Zack Wheeler (1-3) allowed seven runs in four innings. It was both the shortest start of his big league career and the most runs he's allowed in an outing.

Wheeler was in trouble from the outset, despite being staked to a 1-0 lead in the first. The Rockies got to him for four runs in the bottom half to move in front.

The first five Colorado batters all reached via a hit or walk, with Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario producing RBI singles and Justin Morneau hitting a run-scoring double. Corey Dickerson drove in the fourth run with a sacrifice fly.

Colorado pushed its lead to 6-1 on Tulowitzki's two-run single in the second and made it 7-1 in the fourth on Blackmon's RBI groundout.

Juan Lagares doubled to open the game, went to third on a single by Daniel Murphy and scored when a wild pitch by De La Rosa got past Rosario.

NOTES: Commissioner Bud Selig, who announced this would be his final season as baseball's chief executive, attended the game as part of his farewell tour of major league parks. He was warmly received by the crowd when he was introduced over the public address system between innings. ... Lagares extended his hitting streak to 11 games, one shy of his career high. ... Before the game, the Rockies placed INF Josh Rutledge on the 15-day disabled list because of a viral infection and recalled INF Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Rockies manager Walt Weiss said RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder strain) will be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Mets. ... RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0) is slated to start for New York on Saturday night against Rockies LHP Franklin Morales (3-1). ... Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez, who bruised his left index finger when he fouled off a pitch Thursday night, sat out but could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday, according to Weiss. ... Granderson has scored at least one run in five straight games. ... Former Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla, now a special assistant to the general manager, also had a 22-game hitting streak from Aug. 9 to Sept. 1, 1997.

Charlie Blackmon (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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