Charlie Blackmon is hoping to stick longer with Colorado in his second call-up this season, guaranteeing he'll be with the Rockies when they play in Atlanta at the end of July.
The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout took a step in that direction on Wednesday in San Diego. He was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs while also making a sliding catch in center field as the Rockies won to take the series.
"Charlie had some big hits and made a really big play," Colorado manager Walt Weiss told reporters afterwards.
"I'm just blessed to be healthy and be here, and it really feels good to help be a part of a team win," said Blackmon, who has battled injuries in recent years.
Blackmon, 27, was called up from Colorado Springs on Monday after hitting .400 in his previous 10 games for the Class AAA team in the Pacific Coast League.
The left-handed hitter and thrower was promoted by the Rockies in May and homered in his first game at St. Louis. But he slumped and was returned to the minors before the end of the month.
"When you're here, it's a litmus test," Blackmon said after rejoining the Rockies. "I went down and tried to make my adjustments."
Dexter Fowler came off the disabled list on Thursday in Los Angeles, but Blackmon remained with Colorado as a fourth outfielder.
Blackmon first reached the majors in June of 2011 and was getting plenty of playing time until he broke a bone in his foot during a game in Atlanta the next month.
He has also had several other injuries since.
Blackmon has played in 84 major league games over parts of three seasons and has a .264 average. He was a second-round draft choice of the Rockies in 2008.