The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nick Groke, The Den­ver Post

Char­lie Black­mon wit­nessed a dom­i­nat­ing pitch­ing per­for­mance, one that forced him to make only one catch in cen­ter field, but his take­away was more pride­ful.

“I’m just glad Jon Gray’s isn’t our long­est-stand­ing home run this year,” Black­mon said. He was jok­ing.

Black­mon had plenty to say about Kyle Free­land’s 8L shutout in­nings Sun­day on just one hit al­lowed.

The Rock­ies’ lead­off hit­ter quickly left for Mi­ami and Mon­day’s Home Run Derby, a pre­am­ble to the All-Star Game on Tues­day. Black­mon is one of four Rock­ies all-stars, join­ing third base­man Nolan Are­nado, sec­ond base­man DJ LeMahieu and closer Greg Hol­land.

Black­mon’s 477-foot shot over the vis­it­ing team’s bullpen in the sixth in­ning Sun­day at Coors Field gave him a team-high 20 home runs. His homer Sun­day was the Rock­ies’ long­est shot of the year, fly­ing far­ther than Gray’s 467-foot, cen­ter-field blast last week.

Black­mon be­came just the sec­ond player to hit at least 20 home runs and 10 triples be­fore the all-star break. Jim Rice did it twice for the Bos­ton Red Sox dur­ing the 1970s, ac­cord­ing to ESPN.

Fi­nally, a se­ries win.

The 10-0 blowout of the White Sox on Sun­day pro­duced a se­ries vic­tory for the Rock­ies (52-39) for the first time in three weeks.

“To put it all to­gether for this game to­day is some­thing we can look for more of in the sec­ond half,” Black­mon said.

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