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Blackmon exits with cramp after 3-hit day

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DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon left the Rockies' 18-4 victory over the Padres at Coors Field on Wednesday in the middle of his at-bat in the sixth inning with dehydration-induced cramping.

Blackmon was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer -- his team-leading 23rd of the season -- in the fourth inning off Kevin Quackenbush. In the sixth, he grabbed the back of his left leg after the first and third pitches from Quackenbush -- both of which he fouled off.

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DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon left the Rockies' 18-4 victory over the Padres at Coors Field on Wednesday in the middle of his at-bat in the sixth inning with dehydration-induced cramping.

Blackmon was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer -- his team-leading 23rd of the season -- in the fourth inning off Kevin Quackenbush. In the sixth, he grabbed the back of his left leg after the first and third pitches from Quackenbush -- both of which he fouled off.

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Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger and manager Bud Black had a lengthy discussion with Blackmon before the Rockies removed him with the count at 0-2. Pat Valaika singled on the first pitch to finish the at-bat, plating Trevor Story. Blackmon said he felt the tightness come and go in the hamstring, then felt cramping in his quadriceps after leaving the game.

"I was cramping up," Blackmon said. "I didn't strain anything. [My hamstring] cramped up, and my quad cramped up when I came out. It was just body cramps. I think it was just because it was really hot."

Video: SD@COL: Blackmon belts a two-run home run in the 4th

Alexi Amarista replaced Blackmon in center field.

Blackmon's first-inning leadoff single extended his hitting streak to 14 games, which matched a career high that he has accomplished two other times -- July 5-22, 2016, and April 14-29 this season.

Blackmon is part of an offense that has scored 49 runs in its last four games.

"We've done a good job offensively stringing at-bats together, creating long innings, creating a tough time for the opposing pitchers," Blackmon said.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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