Gray tossed five innings Monday, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out eight in the loss to the Cubs. He did not factor into the game's decision.
The 31-year-old was tagged for a three-run home run by Ian Happ in the first inning before settling in and pitching four scoreless innings to finish his outing. Interestingly, Gray was pulled after only 66 pitches in favor of a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth inning. Since an eight run blow-up against the Cardinals on July 25, the right-hander has rebounded nicely with a 2.89 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over his last eight starts. He is projected to start next against the Cardinals on the road Sunday.