Blackmon homers, Gray pitches Rockies past Dodgers 5-3

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray and Clayton Kershaw turned Coors Field into a pitcher's park for one night. Charlie Blackmon showed the hitters are still dangerous in the thin air.

Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Blackmon homered to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday.

Gray (9-5) allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings to give Colorado's tired bullpen some rest. He outdueled Kershaw, who was cruising until an error started a three-run rally in the sixth.

After nine straight games of unprecedented offense at Coors Field - the Rockies and their opponents combined for 170 runs - the pitchers were in control this time.

''We went through a rough stretch. We weren't really picking up the offense at all,'' Gray said. ''I just feel like it's our time to step up for the team and really give our best.''

Gray did that with some big pitches in tough situations. He struck out Max Muncy in the first inning with a runner on second and got Kike Hernandez to pop up with a runner on third to end the fourth.

''Jon Gray did such a good job today it's hard to tell you how important for us to keep that game close,'' Blackmon said. ''For him to pitch well and give us such length when our bullpen is tired out - just a good start by him.''

Gray kept it close until the Dodgers' leaky defense helped Colorado take the lead. An error by Muncy at second started things, and Nolan Arenado tied the game with a single. After Ian Desmond singled off Hernandez's glove at shortstop to load the bases, Mark Reynolds' two-out, two-run single put the Rockies up by two after six.

''When you give that team outs in this ballpark, the momentum shifts and you just kind of extend innings,'' Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. ''That play to Muncy and obviously the Kike play, it was a tough play but it's a play that he makes, and at that point in time you're out of the inning and things change.''

The Dodgers threatened in the seventh but Jairo Diaz struck out Justin Turner with two on to end the inning.

Alex Verdugo had two hits and Edwin Rios got his first major league hit and drove in a run for the Dodgers.

Scuffling closer Wade Davis got three outs for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Kershaw (7-2) needed only 89 pitches to get through seven innings. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter, but gave up five runs - four earned. He added a single in two at-bats.

Pat Valaika, who had two hits, led off the third with a single and Blackmon followed with his 19th homer to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

Kershaw said he shook off catcher Austin Barnes to throw a curveball, and Blackmon hit it into the Rockies bullpen.

''That was the last thing Barnsie called and I should have listened to him,'' Kershaw said. ''I felt confident about the curveball there and I felt it was a decent one. He hit it well, so it was obviously the wrong pitch to throw.''

When told it was the first time a left-hander hit a regular-season home run off Kershaw's curveball, according to Inside Edge, Blackmon shrugged.

''That's interesting. I guess it doesn't count,'' he said. ''You have to do it twice or it doesn't count.''

Los Angeles tied it in the fourth on Rios' RBI triple and took the lead in the fifth on Verdugo's single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: SS Trevor Story (right thumb sprain) was in the lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque. He is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list Sunday but will have one more rehab start and join the team Tuesday.

NFL EUROPE

The New York Yankees' 17-13 win over Boston in London on Saturday had Roberts shaking his head. ''That's unbelievable,'' he said before his team's game. ''Was that the Giants vs. the Patriots or the Jets vs. the Patriots?''

ARENADO RETURNS A FAVOR

Sam Grayston, a 17-year-old high school baseball player from Laguna Hills, California, got the thrill of a lifetime when he fielded grounders from Arenado during the offseason a few years ago. Saturday the two reunited when Arenado hosted Grayston at Coors Field through Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Grayston, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, toured the clubhouse and took batting practice before the game.

''He's just been speechless,'' Grayston's mom, Laurie, said. ''He's trying to play it cool, but he just can't wipe that smile off his face.''

UP NEXT

Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (7-4) faces RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1) in the series finale Sunday.

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COL44-39
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  • W: J. Gray (9-5)L: C. Kershaw (7-2)S: W. Davis (12)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30100111.235.327.538.8652.5
A. Verdugo CF51310002.311.360.506.8665.0
J. Turner 3B41000025.301.384.452.8360.0
C. Bellinger RF40110013.348.445.7031.1492.5
M. Muncy 2B40000032.281.383.550.933-1.5
E. Rios 1B40210010.333.333.6671.0004.5
E. Hernandez SS40000012.211.282.398.680-0.5
A. Barnes C21000110.205.306.348.6541.5
a- C. Taylor PH10000010.266.329.472.801-0.5
C. Kershaw P20100010.077.077.077.1540.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Martin PH10000010.236.348.318.667-0.5
  • a-struck out for Barnes in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Baez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF42121000.334.380.6451.0258.0
R. Tapia LF41100000.270.307.452.7592.0
N. Arenado 3B31110110.321.385.582.9673.5
I. Desmond CF40100011.280.337.519.8560.5
M. Reynolds 1B30120000.165.293.322.6153.0
a- D. Dahl PH10000011.319.365.547.912-0.5
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Hampson 2B30000022.205.240.295.535-1.0
P. Valaika SS31200012.133.235.222.4582.5
T. Wolters C30000012.291.362.379.741-0.5
J. Gray P10000000.059.086.059.1450.0
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Murphy PH10000010.280.323.450.773-0.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. McMahon 1B00000000.248.328.394.7220.0
  • a-struck out for Reynolds in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Diaz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (18)
  • 3B - E. Rios
  • SH - C. Kershaw (6)
  • RBI - A. Verdugo (37), C. Bellinger (65), E. Rios
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger (22), E. Rios
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Verdugo, J. Turner 2 (2), C. Bellinger 2 (2), M. Muncy, E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Blackmon (19)
  • SH - J. Gray (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (54), N. Arenado (65), M. Reynolds 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, P. Valaika 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Hernandez-Rios)
  • E - M. Muncy (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hampson-Valaika-Reynolds)
  • E - I. Desmond (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (L, 7-2)7.07540713.231.078.5
P. Baez1.00001102.650.882.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (L, 7-2)7.0
P. Baez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 9-5)6.27322803.841.3521.0
J. Diaz (H, 7)0.10000105.491.170.5
B. Shaw (H, 9)1.01000203.831.233.0
W. Davis (S, 12)1.00000205.761.7611.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 9-5)6.2
J. Diaz (H, 7)0.1
B. Shaw (H, 9)1.0
W. Davis (S, 12)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 89-64, P. Baez 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 28, P. Baez 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Davis
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 106-68, J. Diaz 4-3, B. Shaw 17-10, W. Davis 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-6, B. Shaw 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 29, J. Diaz, B. Shaw 4, W. Davis 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30100111.235.327.538.8652.5
A. Verdugo CF51310002.311.360.506.8665.0
J. Turner 3B41000025.301.384.452.8360.0
C. Bellinger RF40110013.348.445.7031.1492.5
M. Muncy 2B40000032.281.383.550.933-1.5
E. Rios 1B40210010.333.333.6671.0004.5
E. Hernandez SS40000012.211.282.398.680-0.5
A. Barnes C21000110.205.306.348.6541.5
a- C. Taylor PH10000010.266.329.472.801-0.5
C. Kershaw P20100010.077.077.077.1540.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Martin PH10000010.236.348.318.667-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Barnes in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Baez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF42121000.334.380.6451.0258.0
R. Tapia LF41100000.270.307.452.7592.0
N. Arenado 3B31110110.321.385.582.9673.5
I. Desmond CF40100011.280.337.519.8560.5
M. Reynolds 1B30120000.165.293.322.6153.0
a- D. Dahl PH10000011.319.365.547.912-0.5
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Hampson 2B30000022.205.240.295.535-1.0
P. Valaika SS31200012.133.235.222.4582.5
T. Wolters C30000012.291.362.379.741-0.5
J. Gray P10000000.059.086.059.1450.0
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Murphy PH10000010.280.323.450.773-0.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. McMahon 1B00000000.248.328.394.7220.0
Total305751188-----
  • a-struck out for Reynolds in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Diaz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (18)
  • 3B - E. Rios
  • SH - C. Kershaw (6)
  • RBI - A. Verdugo (37), C. Bellinger (65), E. Rios
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger (22), E. Rios
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Verdugo, J. Turner 2 (2), C. Bellinger 2 (2), M. Muncy, E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Blackmon (19)
  • SH - J. Gray (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (54), N. Arenado (65), M. Reynolds 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, P. Valaika 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Hernandez-Rios)
  • E - M. Muncy (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hampson-Valaika-Reynolds)
  • E - I. Desmond (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (L, 7-2)7.07540713.231.078.5
P. Baez1.00001102.650.882.5
Total8.0754181---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (L, 7-2)7.0
P. Baez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 9-5)6.27322803.841.3521.0
J. Diaz (H, 7)0.10000105.491.170.5
B. Shaw (H, 9)1.01000203.831.233.0
W. Davis (S, 12)1.00000205.761.7611.0
Total9.08322130---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 9-5)6.2
J. Diaz (H, 7)0.1
B. Shaw (H, 9)1.0
W. Davis (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 89-64, P. Baez 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 28, P. Baez 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Davis
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 106-68, J. Diaz 4-3, B. Shaw 17-10, W. Davis 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-6, B. Shaw 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 29, J. Diaz, B. Shaw 4, W. Davis 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Reynolds singled to right, Tapia and Arenado scored, Desmond to third35
    Arenado singled to center, Blackmon scored, Tapia to second33
  • 5TH INNING
    Verdugo singled to center, Barnes scored, Pederson to second32
  • 4TH INNING
    Rios tripled to deep center, Turner scored22
  • 3RD INNING
    Blackmon homered to right center, Valaika scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger doubled to right, Verdugo scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • Ryan McMahon at first base
    • Chris Taylor hit for Austin Barnes
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Russell Martin hit for Pedro Baez
    • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Pederson hit by pitch
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Pederson to second, Verdugo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bryan Shaw pitching
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Muncy grounded out to third
    • E. Rios: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rios singled to deep right
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Baez relieved Clayton Kershaw
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia flied out to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond lined out to right
    • David Dahl hit for Mark Reynolds
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • C. Kershaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kershaw singled to center
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Verdugo singled to center, Kershaw to second
    • Jairo Diaz relieved Jon Gray
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • Daniel Murphy hit for Jairo Diaz
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • E. Rios: Strike looking, Rios grounded out to second
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Gray grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon safe at first on 2nd baseman Muncy fielding error
    • R. Tapia: Tapia singled to center, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado singled to center, Blackmon scored, Tapia to second
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop, Tapia to third, Arenado to second
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Reynolds singled to right, Tapia and Arenado scored, Desmond to third
    • G. Hampson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barnes walked
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Kershaw hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Barnes to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson singled to left, Barnes to third
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Verdugo singled to center, Barnes scored, Pederson to second
    • J. Turner: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger lined out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hampson lined out to third
    • P. Valaika: Valaika singled to shallow center
    • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Valaika out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner safe at first on center fielder Desmond fielding error, Turner to second
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger lined out to left
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • E. Rios: Foul, Rios tripled to deep center, Turner scored
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond grounded out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kershaw struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pederson walked
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pederson out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Valaika singled to center
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Wolters lined out to shortstop
    • J. Gray: Ball, Strike swinging, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Valaika to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon homered to right center, Valaika scored
    • R. Tapia: Tapia lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Rios: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rios struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnes grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Pederson grounded out to second
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Verdugo singled to right center
    • J. Turner: Turner fouled out to second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Foul, Bellinger doubled to right, Verdugo scored
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Tapia: Tapia flied out to deep left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)