DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon called the location of the pitch his "where I hit balls far" zone.
He did, too -- all the way into the second deck for a big momentum swing.
Blackmon lined a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.
Trailing 4-3, Blackmon sent a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) deep into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika -- his first hit of the season (see full recap).
Davidson sparks big 6th, White Sox rout Royals
CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson has made the most of his 38 at-bats so far.
He leads the White Sox in home runs with four, and his 14 RBIs ties him for tops on the team. About the only thing he hasn't done is crack the everyday lineup, which is why Chicago manager Rick Renteria was asked -- again -- after a 12-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night what the 26-year-old has to do to earn more playing time.
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"He doesn't have to do anything more than what he's doing right now," Renteria said. "Fortunately for us, every time he gets in there, he seems to do something pretty impactful for us as a team."
Davidson had two hits and three RBIs in an eight-run sixth, Chicago's highest-scoring inning in five years. The White Sox DH set a career high with three hits and tied his single-game best with four RBIs (see full recap).
Cubs keep on rolling by crushing Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results.
Heyward hit his third home run in four days, a sizzling line drive to right-center off Pittsburgh's Chad Kuhl in the first inning to set the tone in a lopsided 14-3 victory for the suddenly hot Cubs on Monday night. Heyward added an RBI on a groundout during Chicago's five-run second inning as the defending World Series champions won for the fifth time in six games.
A year after he hit just .230 while managing just seven home runs and 49 RBIs, Heyward is at .294 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 18 games so far in 2017 (see full recap).
Orioles hit 3 HRs off Archer in win over Rays
BALTIMORE -- All the elements that usually make a baseball game unremarkable were right there: miserable weather, a tiny crowd and a week night in April.
Because the Baltimore Orioles excelled in such conditions, manager Buck Showalter relished his team's 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning after Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop went deep in the sixth, rallying Baltimore at cold, damp Camden Yards.
Coming off an intense three-game series against the Red Sox that drew huge crowds to the same stadium, the Orioles performed before 11,142 hearty fans, most of whom didn't make a whole lot of noise until Kim and Schoop got Baltimore's offense going (see full recap).