SAN DIEGO (AP) – Jon Gray recovered well from a loss on the opening day. He made it crisp, too.
Gray threw seven goalless innings, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each had a big two-hit and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Gray (19659002) 1-1) Close the Padres one night after winning three home runs and five RBIs 8-4 behind rookie Christian Villanueva. Gray drew Villanueva in three straight at-fats, including a strikeout. The right-handed man stroked seven and did not leave until three helpers were done.
The combined six-strokes took only two hours, 41 minutes, and none of the teams used a hill visit.
Gray got a role and worked fast.
"If things go really fast, if you put people on one or two pitches, I can say that the inning can be over so much," he said. There are many fresh, good moods in your mind that you have just made, and it is much easier to do the next one like this.
Gray only allowed two baserunners through the first five innings.
It was a much better excursion than on opening day, when he gave up three runs and six hits in four innings during a loss in Arizona.
"Jon has returned safely," Rockies Manager Bud Black. " He was fairly balanced throughout his playing time. Fastball had a life, a good slider. I liked the fact that the curveball came into play during the game. He needs that. We talked a lot about the speed variance was great for him.
Cory Spangenberg had two of the four strokes of the Gray's Padres.
Jake McGee allowed a strike and two San Diego runs in the eighth, one of them undeserved because of his mistake Bryan Shaw gave an RBI single to Hunter Renfroe down, but Wade Davis finished in ninth for his third rally.
The Rockies hit Clayton Richard (0-1) hard by scoring all their runs in the first two innings. Story's Broken Bat, two Runs bouncing off the left field wall marked the three runs first when the Rockies also got an RBI double by Nolan Arenado.
Desmond's two-legged single with the charged bases lifted the second, with Arenado thrown out by Matt Szczur.
Pitching with the lead helped Gray.
"He's a pretty good leader," said Black. "I like that. Like in a horse race, man. If you get the lead as a horse, sometimes you finish it. I'll keep an eye on Jon, but hopefully he'll be a good front runner – catch the lead and keep going. "
Padres manager Andy Green said that "Gray has not created many opportunities to score early." There were times when we came for him and the times in which we had a lot of trouble with him, he has this story for her where he is. There are some excursions and he is absolutely dominant and he has made other trips where we come to him.Today was one of those days where We did not put pressure on him early on. "
Richard, who threw seven strong innings against Milwaukee on opening day, allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. He crossed out six and left three.
"It was not terrible, but it was not big," said Richard. "A bit of a spray the first few innings, then the balls that were in the game were either hit hard enough on the ground or a broken bat that was a double."
"You look the first three guys in their lineup, "said Green referring to Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Arenado. "They have two guys as good as anyone in baseball at the top and they have another guy who won the title, you want to beat those guys, you have to keep these three guys off base and that was our challenge in the first two innings, these three guys did most of the damage and that's usually the case with their insult. "
Padres: OF Wil Myers was nervously teased in his right arm on the 10- This season RHP defeated Phil Maton and claimed his roster
Rocky Mountains: LHP Tyler Anderson launches the series finale on Thursday afternoon, taking seven runs over 2 1/3 last Friday Innings too, including five in the first inning, but not in the decision in a 9-8 loss a factor a t Arizona
Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi makes his second start. He gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings during his Major League debut on Friday night.
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