- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Blackmon showed just how strong he is feeling at the plate. Unlike Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, though, Blackmon went deep without anyone on base.

Blackmon hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, but Howard’s grand slam and five RBIs led the Phillies to a 10-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

“I was just feeling pretty good today,” Blackmon said.

All of Blackmon’s home runs were solo shots. He hit the facing of the second deck in right field in the third inning, went the other way with one out in the seventh and pulled the ball just inside the foul pole in right with two outs in the ninth. The latter two homers came on fastballs and the first was off a changeup.

“That was a big-time game for him tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Blackmon upped his average to .468 with six homers and 13 RBIs in his last 14 games.

“Charlie is in some kind of zone,” Weiss said. “He’s playing extremely well.”

Blackmon admitted to being tired before his recent hot stretch, saying he pulled through it.

“I think my body is just feeling good,” he said. “I was really tired a few weeks ago and I’ve broken through and bounced back. I feel strong.”

D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for the Rockies, who entered play 4 1/2 games out of the wild card.

Jon Gray (8-6) struggled for the second straight start, giving up seven runs - six earned - and six hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. The big blow was Howard’s fifth-inning grand slam that snapped a 3-all tie.

“It should’ve been up,” Gray said of the pitch. “It was in, but it was down. I already tried to go in there once. It probably wasn’t smart for me.”

Otherwise, Gray felt like he was making his pitches.

“Everything was working,” he said. “I still haven’t found out how to get the results I wanted. I’m puzzled.”

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 15.75 ERA in his last two starts after a five-game stretch where he was 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be that guy again,” he said.

Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead off Gray through two innings. Odubel Herrera’s RBI single in the first put Philadelphia on the board and the Phillies took advantage of Colorado’s sloppy play in the second when Freddy Galvis scored on Gerardo Parra’s throwing error on Peter Bourjos’ double. Bourjos eventually scored on a wild pitch.

“It looked like we were a little low on fumes tonight,” Weiss said.

The Rockies pulled within 3-2 on the first of Blackmon’s three homers and tied it on Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.

DAHL’S STREAK SNAPPED

David Dahl went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to snap his hitting streak to start his career at 17 games. Dahl was vying to become the first player in history to begin his career with a hit in 18 straight games. On Thursday, he tied the record of 17 set by Cincinnati’s Chuck Aleno in 1941.

“I know you’re not going to get a hit every game,” Dahl said. “I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches tonight. It was a good streak. I just have to be ready to play tomorrow.”

THOMPSON K’s FOUR

Phillies starter Jake Thompson accomplished a rare feat when he recorded four strikeouts in one inning, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to do that since Doc White did it against Brooklyn in the fifth inning on July 21, 1902.

Thompson (1-1) opened the second inning by striking out Dahl, but he reached first on a wild pitch. Dahl went to third on Parra’s single and scored on Nick Hundley’s grounder to first on a play that Howard was charged with a throwing error.

The 22-year-old right-hander, whom the Phillies acquired last season from Texas in the trade that sent ace left-hander Cole Hamels to the Rangers, responded by striking out Ben Paulsen, Daniel Descalso and Gray for four strikeouts in one inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Colorado placed 1B Mark Reynolds on the 15-day DL with a broken left hamate bone. Reynolds was injured swinging the bat during Thursday’s 12-9 win over Texas. He is batting .283 with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 106 games this season. … OF Carlos Gonzalez (left ankle sprain) didn’t play.

Phillies: Bourjos (right shoulder) returned from the DL and went 1 for 3.

UP NEXT

The teams play the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday night with Colorado LHP Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.04) opposing RHP Jerad Eickhoff (7-12, 3.78).

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