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Charlie Blackmon gets four hits in Rockies’ win over Tigers

Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop  (7) during third-inning action on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Comerica Park in Detroit.Tigers Col3
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Randal Grichuk homered and Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-5 with two RBIs Sunday as the Colorado Rockies stopped the Detroit Tigers 6-2 in the rubber game of their weekend series in Detroit.

Chad Kuhl (2-0) delivered his second straight quality start, checking the Tigers on four hits and a run over six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. The former Pittsburgh Pirate has permitted just two runs on eight hits in his first 16 1/3 innings with Colorado and sports a 1.10 ERA.

Tyler Alexander (0-2) was roughed up for eight hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in absorbing the loss. Alexander, who walked one and struck out two, has lasted just 10 innings in his first three starts.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer to left-center off a hanging off-speed pitch in the top of the third, his first homer with the Rockies. He was acquired in a trade with Toronto just before the season started. Grichuk went 3-for-4 and scored two runs Sunday.

Blackmon’s key hit was a two-run single in the fourth that chased Alexander and increased Colorado’s advantage to 5-1. The two-out hit scored Jose Iglesias and Connor Joe, who had kept the inning going with a double.

Kuhl kept Detroit at bay, relying on a sinker and slider for most of his outing. The Tigers’ only damage against him came in the third when Austin Meadows lined a two-out single to right that scored Tucker Barnhart.

Detroit’s only other run happened in the seventh when Robbie Grossman delivered a single to right that scored Barnhart. Grossman and Barnhart each had two hits for the Tigers, who were held to seven hits by Kuhl and three relievers.

C.J. Cron supplied a 1-0 lead in the first for the Rockies with a two-out RBI single, and Ryan McMahon added their last run in the fifth with a two-out single that scored Grichuk.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who reached the 3,000-hit mark for his career with a single on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, didn’t play Sunday.

–Field Level Media