Charlie Blackmon stays warm, makes the Rockies win over the Braves – The Denver Post

The old Charlie Blackmon magic is back.

The woolly right-handers stayed warm Saturday night, blasting a two-run homer and scoring two runs in the Rockies’ 7-6 victory over Atlanta at Coors Field.

The Rockies improved to 45-23 on the LoDo football field, and as the Braves discover, this is not a place to lay division tracks. Fortunately for the Braves, Philadelphia lost to Miami again on Saturday, allowing the Braves to maintain their lead in two games in the National League East.

The Rockies won despite a so-so poor start from German Marquez and a shocking eighth inning from reliever Daniel Bard, the set-up closer.

Atlanta loaded the bases against Bard with one out on walks by Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley and a single by Adam Duval. But Robert Stephenson came to the mound to save the Bard and Rockies. Dansby Swanson hit a sacrificial flight to center, but Stephenson limited the injury by knocking out Joc Pederson to keep Colorado’s lead 7-5.

New closer Carlos Estevez, who had not allowed a race in a career-high 14 consecutive appearances in coming in on Saturday, gave up a solo homer to Travis d’Arnaud in the ninth but hung on to hack his fifth save.

Blackmon launched its two-run rocket to center in the third inning from Ian Anderson to put Colorado ahead, 4-3. The right-hander has hit home runs in three straight games and has six homers over his last 17 games. Blackmon hit just four homers in the first half of the season.

Blackmon also made a walk to the lead from the seventh and scored on Trevor Story’s triple in the right corner. It turned out to be the winning race.

CJ Cron, the National League player of the month in August, remained hot in September and hit a leadoff homer off Anderson in Colorado’s two-run second inning. Crons homer, his 26th of the season, traveled 453 feet to left-center.

The Rockies produced their second round of innings as Ryan McMahon doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Marquez’s sacrifice bundle.

Marquez worked through five innings and needed 99 spots, including three wild spots. Marquez gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits, including a solo home run for Ozzie Albies in the third. It was Albies ’25. homer in season.

The Rockies’ defense failed Marquez in the first, resulting in two undeserved runs. Cron’s one-out error on Freddie Freeman’s grounder first allowed Albies — who started with a single — to advance to third. Albies scored on Austin Riley’s groundout and then Freeman scored on Adam Duval’s double.

The Rockies, who lead in the four-game set 2-1, lead Sunday afternoon after the series’ victory over the Coors.

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