Things didn't start out well for the Rockies, as starter Jason Hammel wound up loading the bases. However, he escaped that situation with only a run crossing home plate on a walk. The Rockies then struck in the bottom of the second for six runs, including an RBI bases-loaded walk by Jason Hammel and a three-run home run by Chris Nelson, the first long ball of his career.
In the third inning, Seth Smith tripled and scored on an error during a Ty Wigginton at-bat. Carlos Gonzalez picked up four RBI, two on a double, one on a sac fly and one on a hole run (10). Hot-hitting rookie Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. His batting average is now .410.
After his first inning troubles, Jason Hammel cruised along until the sixth inning when he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Jhonny Peralta smacked one over the left field wall for a grand slam, cutting the lead at the time to 13-5. Matt Belisle relieved Hammel in the seventh and allowed an inherited runner to score, giving Hammel six runs allowed. Clayton Mortensen pitched the ninth, securing Hammel's fourth win and his first since April 30.
The Rockies (34-35, 18-18 home) continue this series at 6:10 p.m. MT on Saturday. Phil Coke and Ubaldo Jimenez are the scheduled starters.