DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black has a rule: Any time a player records four hits in a game, he’s automatically in the starting lineup the next day.

“You lived it, Spilly,” Black reminded Ryan Spilborghs, Colorado’s pinch-hit specialist turned analyst. “When you look back on your career, when you got four hits you got to play the next day. So we’re doing that again.”

That ride-the-hot-hand principle is why Black reinserted Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup after he tore up the Cincinnati Reds for four hits and two RBI Sunday. The highlight of Gonzalez’s game in that series-clinching win came when he mashed a 461-foot upper decker to right field. His performance Monday to kick off a three-game series against the division-rival Giants wasn’t as flashy, but it still represented a step in the right direction as he went 2-for-4 in Colorado’s 6-5 walk-off win.

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.