DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard and Ryan McMahon hit home runs, Germán Márquez overcame one rough inning for his first victory this season and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game skid by beating the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Saturday night.
Hilliard homered for the second time in as many games, hitting a three-run drive in Colorado’s four-run third and adding a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Brendan Rodgers had a pair of hits, including an RBI double.
“It’s huge for the team,” Hilliard said after the Rockies scored 10 runs for the second straight game, though they lost 14-10 to the Royals in the series opener Friday.
“It’s good to see the bats start going in back-to-back games at home,” he added. “I think we’re looking forward to doing more of the same tomorrow.”
Salvador Pérez hit a two-run homer in the third, the only frame in which the Royals scored off Márquez (1-3), who went six innings and allowed three runs and three hits. He struck out six and walked one. In his previous six starts, Márquez was 0-3 with a 6.47 ERA.
“He was frustrated and disappointed about what happened in his first five or six starts,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I think how he’s going now, that can be put behind him. Hopefully, we can see him reel off a few starts like tonight.”
Márquez said he has been working on his mechanics in recent weeks and is beginning to see some results.
“Everything was working today,” Márquez said. “I had fastball command, the breaking ball was good. I’ve been working a lot, man, through this month and today was good. I feel happy.”
Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. homered for the second time this season, a solo shot in the seventh off reliever Ashton Goudeau. Whit Merrifield had an RBI single…