Gray shines in return from DL: Rockies end 8-game skid

PHOENIX (AP) The return of Jon Gray from the disabled list couldn't have come at a better time for the Colorado Rockies.

Gray struck out 10 over six innings in his first start since April and rookie Raimel Tapia hit his first career home run, helping the Rockies end an eight-game skid with a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Gray, making his first start since April 13, allowed two runs on seven hits for his first victory of the season. Colorado's opening day starter, Gray broke a bone in his left foot in the fourth inning of his third start of the season and went on the disabled list.

''I did a really good job slowing things down,'' Gray said. ''I knew it would be a little awkward coming back into a big league situation but I just wanted to make it slow as possible and make good pitches.''

Gray said his slider was working well and that he followed a game plan, not worried about rust from a long time away from the majors.

''What I saw today was a repeatable delivery that he maintained,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''The key tonight was a nice tight slider ... and he made some good pitches with the fastball down and away when he needed to.''

Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (8-4) lasted six innings and threw a career high 122 pitches. He allowed four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and walked five, tying a season high.

Chris Owings hit a pair of solo home runs for Arizona, which lost a season high third consecutive game at home.

''They just kind of chipped away at things and tacked on, threw up six runs and unfortunately it was too much for us to overcome,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a solo home run to right field, his 17th, and third leadoff homer of the season.

Jake Lamb's two-out double in the bottom of the first drove in Gregor Blanco to tie it at 1. Gray struck out the side in that inning.

The Rockies plated two runs in the third off Ray, who threw 75 pitches through his first three innings. Ray walked Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story to open the inning, and with one out, Tapia drove in Reynolds with a grounder.

Ryan Hanigan, called up from the minors earlier in the day, delivered a two-out single to drive in Story and give Colorado a 3-1 lead.

''I felt like I was around the zone just missing, just barely,'' said Ray, who took his first loss since May 9 against Detroit. ''It's tough. I got behind in counts and paid for it.''

The Diamondbacks made it 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on Owings' 10th home run of the season. Tapia connected in the top of the sixth off Ray for a 4-2 Rockies lead.

''I hope it's not my last,'' Tapia said in Spanish. ''I'm going to keep working hard to try to keep it going.''

Former Rockie Jorge De La Rosa gave up a run to his ex-teammates in the eighth. A wild pitch allowed Tapia to score from third base.

Owings' second home run came off Rockies reliever Mike Dunn in the eighth. Major League saves leader Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 26th of the season.

The save tied Huston Street's first-half Rockies record of 26 before the All-Star break.

FLURRY OF ROCKIES MOVES

The Rockies, in reinstating Gray from the disabled list, also called up Hanigan from Triple-A Albuquerque. Reliever Chad Qualls was designated for assignment and catcher Tom Murphy was optioned to Triple-A.

''He gives that veteran presence that I think is comforting to a lot of our young pitchers,'' Black said of Hanigan.

NUMBERS

Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley saw his 12-game scoreless streak end when Nolan Arenado tripled and scored on Reynolds' grounder in the seventh inning, giving the Rockies a 5-2 lead.

Arenado's triple was his fourth this month and tied the Rockies franchise record for the month of June.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: CF A.J. Pollock (groin) homered twice and played seven innings for Triple-A Reno in El Paso Friday. But he's not likely to be put back on the major league roster this weekend and will get what Lovullo called a ''soft landing'' when he's ready to return. ... OF Yasmany Tomas (groin) got Friday off and will play again Saturday, then be used as designated hitter on Sunday.

Rockies: 2B D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) did not play Friday, but could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday. He hit, ran and fielded before the game. ... Black said he hopes to get OF Carlos Gonzalez (right shoulder strain) off the 10-day disabled list by Monday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-8) faces Arizona on Saturday, a start after walking eight batters. He's 2-0 with a 2.42 earned run average in four career starts at Chase Field.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (9-4) is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts. He'll be facing the Rockies for the third time this season.

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RockiesCOL48-34
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DiamondbacksARI50-31
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  • W: J. Gray (1-0)L: R. Ray (8-4)S: G. Holland (26)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (17), R. Tapia (1), ARI - C. Owings 2 (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51211010.315.369.582.9516.5
I. Desmond LF40100110.284.316.390.7063.5
N. Arenado 3B41100102.291.344.544.8885.0
M. Reynolds 1B41010122.295.383.542.9252.0
T. Story SS31100122.224.306.399.7052.0
P. Valaika 2B30000103.225.255.483.7381.0
R. Tapia RF42221004.299.356.418.77410.0
R. Hanigan C30110010.261.306.391.6971.5
J. Gray P30000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
C. Rusin P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
a- M. Tauchman PH10000000.250.500.250.7500.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Rusin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF51200002.252.336.378.7144.0
D. Peralta RF50100022.314.363.475.8380.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B50000034.317.433.5861.019-1.5
J. Lamb 3B40110002.285.379.550.9293.0
C. Owings SS42222012.297.331.498.82911.5
B. Drury 2B40100020.287.333.469.8021.0
D. Descalso LF20100200.244.352.404.7553.0
C. Herrmann C40100014.195.296.407.7021.5
R. Ray P20000023.235.257.294.551-1.0
a- I. Vargas PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- K. Marte PH10000010.200.200.400.600-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Ray in the 6th
  • b-struck out for De La Rosa in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (3)
  • 3B - N. Arenado (5)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (17), R. Tapia
  • SH - R. Hanigan
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (57), M. Reynolds (61), R. Tapia 2 (6), R. Hanigan (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hanigan (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Blanco (6), J. Lamb (17), B. Drury (20), C. Herrmann (5)
  • HR - C. Owings 2 (11)
  • RBI - J. Lamb (65), C. Owings 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lamb (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Desmond (10)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Reynolds (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 1-0)6.072211013.931.4223.0
C. Rusin (H, 6)1.00000102.400.963.5
M. Dunn0.11110015.811.67-2.0
A. Ottavino (H, 19)0.10001005.021.50-1.0
J. McGee (H, 11)0.10000002.651.030.0
G. Holland (S, 26)1.01000101.480.999.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 1-0)6.0
C. Rusin (H, 6)1.0
M. Dunn0.1
A. Ottavino (H, 19)0.1
J. McGee (H, 11)0.1
G. Holland (S, 26)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 8-4)6.05445923.061.203.5
A. Bradley1.02110101.260.900.5
J. De La Rosa2.01110003.821.214.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 8-4)6.0
A. Bradley1.0
J. De La Rosa2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 102-67, C. Rusin 9-7, M. Dunn 3-2, A. Ottavino 11-4, J. McGee 7-4, G. Holland 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-6, A. Ottavino 1-0, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, C. Rusin 3, M. Dunn 2, A. Ottavino 2, J. McGee, G. Holland 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. De La Rosa (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 122-74, A. Bradley 15-11, J. De La Rosa 36-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 5-4, A. Bradley 1-1, J. De La Rosa 3-3
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 28, A. Bradley 5, J. De La Rosa 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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DiamondbacksARI50-31
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51211010.315.369.582.9516.5
I. Desmond LF40100110.284.316.390.7063.5
N. Arenado 3B41100102.291.344.544.8885.0
M. Reynolds 1B41010122.295.383.542.9252.0
T. Story SS31100122.224.306.399.7052.0
P. Valaika 2B30000103.225.255.483.7381.0
R. Tapia RF42221004.299.356.418.77410.0
R. Hanigan C30110010.261.306.391.6971.5
J. Gray P30000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
C. Rusin P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
a- M. Tauchman PH10000000.250.500.250.7500.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total34685251014-----
  • a-fouled out for Rusin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF51200002.252.336.378.7144.0
D. Peralta RF50100022.314.363.475.8380.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B50000034.317.433.5861.019-1.5
J. Lamb 3B40110002.285.379.550.9293.0
C. Owings SS42222012.297.331.498.82911.5
B. Drury 2B40100020.287.333.469.8021.0
D. Descalso LF20100200.244.352.404.7553.0
C. Herrmann C40100014.195.296.407.7021.5
R. Ray P20000023.235.257.294.551-1.0
a- I. Vargas PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- K. Marte PH10000010.200.200.400.600-0.5
Total37393221220-----
  • a-grounded out for Ray in the 6th
  • b-struck out for De La Rosa in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (3)
  • 3B - N. Arenado (5)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (17), R. Tapia
  • SH - R. Hanigan
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (57), M. Reynolds (61), R. Tapia 2 (6), R. Hanigan (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hanigan (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Blanco (6), J. Lamb (17), B. Drury (20), C. Herrmann (5)
  • HR - C. Owings 2 (11)
  • RBI - J. Lamb (65), C. Owings 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lamb (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Desmond (10)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Reynolds (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 1-0)6.072211013.931.4223.0
C. Rusin (H, 6)1.00000102.400.963.5
M. Dunn0.11110015.811.67-2.0
A. Ottavino (H, 19)0.10001005.021.50-1.0
J. McGee (H, 11)0.10000002.651.030.0
G. Holland (S, 26)1.01000101.480.999.5
Total9.09332122---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 1-0)6.0
C. Rusin (H, 6)1.0
M. Dunn0.1
A. Ottavino (H, 19)0.1
J. McGee (H, 11)0.1
G. Holland (S, 26)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 8-4)6.05445923.061.203.5
A. Bradley1.02110101.260.900.5
J. De La Rosa2.01110003.821.214.0
Total9.08665102---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 8-4)6.0
A. Bradley1.0
J. De La Rosa2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 102-67, C. Rusin 9-7, M. Dunn 3-2, A. Ottavino 11-4, J. McGee 7-4, G. Holland 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-6, A. Ottavino 1-0, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, C. Rusin 3, M. Dunn 2, A. Ottavino 2, J. McGee, G. Holland 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. De La Rosa (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 122-74, A. Bradley 15-11, J. De La Rosa 36-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 5-4, A. Bradley 1-1, J. De La Rosa 3-3
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 28, A. Bradley 5, J. De La Rosa 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Owings homered to center63
    Tapia scored on wild pitch62
  • 7TH INNING
    Reynolds grounded out to third, Arenado scored52
  • 6TH INNING
    Tapia homered to right42
  • 4TH INNING
    Owings homered to left32
  • 3RD INNING
    Hanigan singled to center, Story scored31
    Tapia grounded out to second, Reynolds scored, Story to third21
  • 1ST INNING
    Lamb doubled to deep center, Blanco scored11
    Blackmon homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland relieved Jake McGee
    • Ketel Marte hit for Jorge De La Rosa
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Blanco doubled to deep center
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Ball, Peralta flied out to deep left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Archie Bradley
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tapia doubled to deep center
    • R. Hanigan: Ball, Hanigan hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Tapia to third
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Chris Rusin
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tapia scored on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Tauchman fouled out to first
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Blackmon lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • J. Lamb: Lamb flied out to left
    • C. Owings: Ball, Owings homered to center
    • Adam Ottavino relieved Mike Dunn
    • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Drury grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Descalso: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Descalso walked
    • Jake McGee relieved Adam Ottavino
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrmann flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado tripled to right
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to third, Arenado scored
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Story reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. Valaika: Valaika popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Rusin relieved Jon Gray
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Blanco lined out to left
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt lined out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia homered to right
    • R. Hanigan: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hanigan grounded out to first
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Descalso singled to center
    • C. Herrmann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
    • Ildemaro Vargas hit for Robbie Ray
    • I. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Vargas grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike looking, Valaika flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Peralta singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lamb reached on fielder's choice to second, Peralta out at second
    • C. Owings: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Owings popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Desmond grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Arenado flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Owings homered to left
    • B. Drury: Ball, Drury doubled to deep center
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • C. Herrmann: Herrmann flied out to deep left
    • R. Ray: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blanco popped out to third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Reynolds to second
    • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Valaika grounded out to third, Reynolds to third, Story to second
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia grounded out to second, Reynolds scored, Story to third
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Hanigan singled to center, Story scored
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blanco lined out to second
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Peralta safe at first on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lamb popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hanigan struck out looking
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon singled to shallow left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Desmond walked, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Arenado fouled out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso flied out to deep right
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Ball, Herrmann doubled to deep center
    • R. Ray: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon homered to right center
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond singled to left
    • N. Arenado: Desmond stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • M. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valaika walked, Desmond to third, Arenado to second
    • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blanco singled to shallow center
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lamb doubled to deep center, Blanco scored
    • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)