Murphy's homer in 8th helps Rockies beat Reds 3-2

DENVER (AP) Daniel Murphy's first homer at Coors Field as a member of the Colorado Rockies was a long time coming.

Quite timely, too.

Murphy hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth to help the Rockies rally for a 3-2 win over Cincinnati Reds on Friday night that snapped a six-game skid.

''It was nice,'' said Murphy, who spent time on the injured list earlier this season with a left index finger fracture. ''Yeah, it was good.''

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, David Dahl tied the game with a towering solo homer off David Hernandez (2-5). Two batters later, Murphy sent a slider from Hernandez over the fence in right-center. It was Murphy's eighth homer this season. Murphy also had an RBI double.

Jairo Diaz (2-2) picked up the win despite a rocky eighth and Wade Davis threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.

''That's a nice smash-and-grab win right there,'' said Murphy, who went 123 plate appearances at the hitter-friendly park this season before sending one deep.

Hernandez said he tried to elevate a fastball to Dahl. Instead, it ended up down the middle.

With Murphy, Hernandez couldn't put him away on two-strike count.

''That's just the way it goes,'' Hernandez said.

This game marked the first showdown in major league history between starting pitchers with the last name ''Gray'' - Sonny for Cincinnati, Jon for Colorado - according to Stats. But neither factored into the decision despite their stellar outings.

Still, they showed their true colors as Sonny Gray went even strong innings and allowed just five hits. His nine strikeouts tied a season high.

''I feel I'm throwing the ball pretty well,'' Sonny Gray said. ''I just want to continue to do that every time I go out there.''

Jon Gray matched his counterpart pitch-for-pitch in going seven innings and scattering four hits. His biggest mistake was a 3-2 fastball in the seventh that Eugenio Suarez lined for his 21st homer of the season. It gave the Reds a 2-1 lead.

Jon Gray thinks the extra days off for the All-Star break helped - or at least he thinks so.

''You kind of feel more fresh, but then you feel like, `How do I play baseball again?''' he said. ''The feeling comes back right away.''

Both Grays mowed through the lineup through five innings.

In the sixth, Jesse Winker hit a one-out liner down the line in left that caromed off the side wall and eluded Dahl for an RBI triple. The Rockies limited the damage as Jon Gray struck out Joey Votto with catcher Tony Wolters then picking off Winker.

Colorado tied it in the bottom of the inning on Murphy's run-scoring double. Sonny Gray avoided more trouble by enticing a double play.

Jon Gray was aided by some splendid defense, including a barehanded play from Nolan Arenado on Yasiel Puig's slow roller in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: LHP Amir Garrett (left lat injury) will go through rehab in Cincinnati as the team embarks on their six-game trip. ''If everything continues to go the way it's going now, it should be right when we get home, hopefully,'' manager David Bell said of Garrett's return. ... LHP Alex Wood (lower back) threw two innings and 51 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Friday. ... 2B Scooter Gennett was a late scratch with an illness.

TRUE COLORS

The last time pitchers started against each other with the same color as a last name - and same spelling - was Jumbo Brown of the New York Yankees versus Lloyd Brown of Boston on July 26, 1933, according to Stats.

THIS & THAT

The Reds reinstated LHP Wandy Peralta from the injured list after healing from a strained right hip flexor. ... Sonny Gray recorded his 900th career strikeout.

FIELD DAY

The Reds went through infield and outfield drills hours before first pitch. It was a way to get the team back in rhythm after the break.

''It was actually a pretty good workout,'' Bell said.

UP NEXT

Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland (2-6, 7.13 ERA) will take the mound Saturday after a month in the minors working on his control. The Rockies are hoping he can return to the form that led to a fourth-place finish in the NL Cy Young voting a year ago. The Reds will throw righty Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.51).

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  • W: J. Diaz (2-2)L: D. Hernandez (2-5)S: W. Davis (13)
  • HR: CIN - E. Suarez (21), COL - D. Murphy (8), D. Dahl (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Votto 1B40000013.264.356.406.762-0.5
E. Suarez 3B41111000.248.325.491.8166.0
Y. Puig RF40000000.253.300.487.7870.0
D. Dietrich 2B40000010.216.343.533.876-0.5
N. Senzel CF30000020.259.321.449.770-1.0
J. Iglesias SS30200000.286.319.393.7122.0
S. Gray P10000000.154.185.231.4160.0
a- P. Ervin PH-LF10000011.280.345.460.805-0.5
C. Casali C31200001.246.337.380.7183.0
  • a-struck out for Gray in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40000022.326.374.624.998-1.0
T. Story SS40000031.288.354.542.896-1.5
D. Dahl LF22111210.309.356.539.89610.5
N. Arenado 3B40100011.311.376.558.9340.5
D. Murphy 1B41321001.283.335.471.8069.0
I. Desmond CF30100112.274.330.500.8302.5
R. McMahon 2B40000014.252.327.393.720-0.5
T. Wolters C30200011.291.361.379.7401.5
J. Gray P00000000.057.083.057.1400.0
a- R. Tapia PH10000011.263.299.442.741-0.5
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Winker (2)
  • HR - E. Suarez (21)
  • SH - S. Gray (6)
  • RBI - J. Winker (27), E. Suarez (55)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, J. Votto 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (16), I. Desmond (23)
  • HR - D. Dahl (13), D. Murphy (8)
  • SH - J. Gray 2 (9)
  • RBI - D. Dahl (52), D. Murphy 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Murphy (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story, N. Arenado, I. Desmond, R. McMahon
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Winker
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl (3)
  • CS - D. Murphy
  • Picked Off - T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Casali-Dietrich; Iglesias-Dietrich-Votto; Casali-Votto)
  • E - D. Dietrich, J. Winker (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wolters-Arenado)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray7.05113903.421.1819.5
D. Hernandez (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.23220126.281.45-9.5
M. Lorenzen0.10000103.721.260.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray7.0
D. Hernandez (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.2
M. Lorenzen0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray7.04220613.831.3321.0
J. Diaz (W, 2-2)1.02000204.941.319.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.00000005.331.6310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray7.0
J. Diaz (W, 2-2)1.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 103-59, D. Hernandez 21-14, M. Lorenzen 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 5-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, D. Hernandez 5, M. Lorenzen
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 98-71, J. Diaz 15-11, W. Davis 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-3, J. Diaz 1-0, W. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 24, J. Diaz 5, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P00000000.222.300.333.6330.0
J. Votto 1B40000013.264.356.406.762-0.5
E. Suarez 3B41111000.248.325.491.8166.0
Y. Puig RF40000000.253.300.487.7870.0
D. Dietrich 2B40000010.216.343.533.876-0.5
N. Senzel CF30000020.259.321.449.770-1.0
J. Iglesias SS30200000.286.319.393.7122.0
S. Gray P10000000.154.185.231.4160.0
a- P. Ervin PH-LF10000011.280.345.460.805-0.5
C. Casali C31200001.246.337.380.7183.0
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  • a-struck out for Gray in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40000022.326.374.624.998-1.0
T. Story SS40000031.288.354.542.896-1.5
D. Dahl LF22111210.309.356.539.89610.5
N. Arenado 3B40100011.311.376.558.9340.5
D. Murphy 1B41321001.283.335.471.8069.0
I. Desmond CF30100112.274.330.500.8302.5
R. McMahon 2B40000014.252.327.393.720-0.5
T. Wolters C30200011.291.361.379.7401.5
J. Gray P00000000.057.083.057.1400.0
a- R. Tapia PH10000011.263.299.442.741-0.5
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Winker (2)
  • HR - E. Suarez (21)
  • SH - S. Gray (6)
  • RBI - J. Winker (27), E. Suarez (55)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, J. Votto 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (16), I. Desmond (23)
  • HR - D. Dahl (13), D. Murphy (8)
  • SH - J. Gray 2 (9)
  • RBI - D. Dahl (52), D. Murphy 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Murphy (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story, N. Arenado, I. Desmond, R. McMahon
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Winker
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl (3)
  • CS - D. Murphy
  • Picked Off - T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Casali-Dietrich; Iglesias-Dietrich-Votto; Casali-Votto)
  • E - D. Dietrich, J. Winker (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wolters-Arenado)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray7.05113903.421.1819.5
D. Hernandez (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.23220126.281.45-9.5
M. Lorenzen0.10000103.721.260.5
Total8.08333112---
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray7.0
D. Hernandez (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.2
M. Lorenzen0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray7.04220613.831.3321.0
J. Diaz (W, 2-2)1.02000204.941.319.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.00000005.331.6310.0
Total9.0622081---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray7.0
J. Diaz (W, 2-2)1.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 103-59, D. Hernandez 21-14, M. Lorenzen 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 5-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, D. Hernandez 5, M. Lorenzen
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 98-71, J. Diaz 15-11, W. Davis 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-3, J. Diaz 1-0, W. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 24, J. Diaz 5, W. Davis 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Murphy homered to right center23
    Dahl homered to right center22
  • 7TH INNING
    Suarez homered to right21
  • 6TH INNING
    Murphy doubled to left, Dahl scored, Arenado to third11
    Winker tripled to left, Casali scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis relieved Jairo Diaz
    • E. Suarez: Suarez flied out to center
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Ball, Puig popped out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jairo Diaz pitching
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias singled to right
    • Phillip Ervin hit for Sonny Gray
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ervin struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Ball, Casali singled to left, Iglesias to second
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dahl homered to right center
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado lined out to center
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Foul, Murphy homered to right center
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond doubled to right
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved David Hernandez
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suarez homered to right
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to first
    • N. Senzel: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wolters singled to center
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Jon Gray
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging, Wolters out at first
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Gray: Gray grounded out to second
    • C. Casali: Casali singled to right
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Winker tripled to left, Casali scored
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging, Winker out at third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Story flied out to right
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dahl walked
    • N. Arenado: Arenado singled to left, Dahl to second
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Murphy doubled to left, Dahl scored, Arenado to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond walked
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, McMahon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Desmond out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: McMahon safe at first on 2nd baseman Dietrich fielding error
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • J. Gray: Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, McMahon to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Votto lined out to right
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Suarez popped out to third
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Arenado safe at first on left fielder Winker fielding error
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep center
    • I. Desmond: Desmond reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Iglesias singled to center
    • S. Gray: Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Iglesias to second
    • C. Casali: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Casali lined out to center
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters singled to left
    • J. Gray: Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Blackmon lined out to center
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Puig grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to third
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to center
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking, Murphy caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Foul, Votto grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dahl walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dahl stole second, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)