Gray hits 467-foot HR, pitches into 6th as Rox beat Reds 5-3

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray's power was impressive. His hop out of the batter's box and home run trot, too.

For a pitcher who'd never hit a major league homer before, he sure had the routine down.

Gray launched his drive an estimated 467 feet - the farthest by any Rockies player this season - and pitched effectively into the sixth inning as Colorado beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 on a sweltering Wednesday night.

''I see Jon in (batting practice) and he has some strength to his swing,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''That ball was crushed.''

Too bad Gray won't ever get it back as a souvenir. The ball landed in the stands and bounced into the pond behind center field, joining a bevy of baseballs from batting practice.

''It's gone. Forever,'' Gray lamented.

At least he has the memories - and the accolades from teammates, who were awed by his mighty swing.

''They really didn't say much, just, `Man, that was crushed,''' Gray said . ''I told them the same thing: `It felt good.' I tried to put a good swing on it.''

Gray's two-run homer in the second was the longest among pitchers since MLB's Statcast began tracking distances in 2015. Gray even did a little skip after contact and rounded the bases at a leisurely pace.

''He may not be a good hitter but he certainly has power,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''We learned that today.''

Gray (2-0) also was solid on the mound, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, in his second start since a broken bone in his left foot sidelined him for two months. Greg Holland threw a shaky ninth - by his standards - for his 28th save to help the slumping Rockies win for the third time in 14 games.

''It wasn't a good day on the hill,'' Gray said of his performance. ''I didn't have a feel for anything, really.''

Rockies shortstop Pat Valaika would debate that.

''It's good to have high standards. But I think if a pitcher keeps us in the game, he had a good game,'' said Valaika, who had a career-high three hits, including a two-run homer and a run-scoring single with two outs in the eighth.

It was a scorching day in Denver and the game-time temperature read 97 degrees, which tied for the second-hottest home contest in Rockies history.

Scott Feldman (7-6) gave up four runs in five innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He regretted that pitch to Gray.

''I feel like you should get the pitcher out every time,'' Feldman said. ''So, to pretty much lose the game on that, not a good feeling.''

Cruising along, Gray ran into trouble in the sixth when he allowed three straight hits, including a run-scoring single by Eugenio Suarez. After Tucker Barnhart lined a two-out single to load the bases, reliever Scott Oberg was summoned.

Pinch-hitter Adam Duvall hit a routine grounder to Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado, who bobbled the ball for his third error of the season. The mistake allowed a run to score and made it 4-3. Billy Hamilton grounded out to end the threat.

Arenado atoned in the seventh, when he stepped on third and threw to first for a double play that bailed the Rockies out of a jam.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Catcher Devin Mesoraco was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. ... To take Mesoraco's place, the Reds recalled RHP Ariel Hernandez from Triple-A Louisville. Hernandez pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out three.

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (groin) was out of the lineup for a second straight game. ... OF Gerardo Parra (strained right quad) went 0 for 2 at Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday during a rehab assignment.

THIS & THAT

The Rockies logged their 50th win in game No. 87. That's the quickest in franchise history. ... The record for hottest home game at first pitch in Rockies history was 100 degrees on June 25, 2012, against Washington. ... All-Star 1B Joey Votto hit his first triple of the season for Cincinnati. ... Reds reliever Tony Cingrani threw an inning and gave up a run on his 28th birthday.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati RHP Sal Romano (0-1, 6.00 ERA) makes his second career appearance Thursday in the fourth and final game of the series. The Rockies will send RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-9, 4.41) to the mound.

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  • W: J. Gray (2-0)L: S. Feldman (7-6)S: G. Holland (28)
  • HR: COL - J. Gray (1), P. Valaika (6)
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B. Hamilton CF50100005.242.295.319.6143.0
Z. Cozart SS50200002.315.394.542.9363.0
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S. Gennett LF51210014.317.362.603.9655.5
E. Suarez 3B30110113.254.359.440.7992.5
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S. Schebler RF40000035.252.329.525.854-1.5
J. Peraza 2B40100014.253.278.338.616-0.5
T. Barnhart C40100021.278.342.392.7340.0
S. Feldman P20100000.032.032.032.0651.0
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A. Alcantara 3B10000010.207.217.305.522-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Feldman in the 6th
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C. Blackmon CF40100011.311.365.571.9360.5
R. Tapia LF30000010.302.348.465.813-0.5
N. Arenado 3B40000011.298.349.540.888-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF21000110.220.301.343.6442.5
M. Reynolds 1B31100122.286.372.517.8892.0
P. Valaika 2B41331000.245.272.510.78210.0
A. Amarista 2B31000011.257.278.381.6590.5
a- T. Story SS10000012.218.301.395.697-0.5
R. Hanigan C30000021.245.286.358.644-1.0
J. Gray P21121010.100.100.400.5006.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Amarista in the 8th
  • b-walked for Rusin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Cozart (17)
  • 3B - J. Votto
  • RBI - S. Gennett (46), E. Suarez (43)
BATTING
  • HR - P. Valaika (6), J. Gray
  • SH - R. Tapia
  • RBI - P. Valaika 3 (17), J. Gray 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika (4), J. Gray 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (34), S. Gennett (2)
  • CS - J. Peraza (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, P. Valaika, A. Amarista, M. Reynolds
  • E - N. Arenado (3), P. Valaika (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Feldman (L, 7-6)5.05441623.941.273.0
A. Hernandez1.20001301.690.563.5
T. Cingrani1.01111102.701.020.5
A. Brice0.10000105.651.360.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Feldman (L, 7-6)5.0
A. Hernandez1.2
T. Cingrani1.0
A. Brice0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 2-0)5.28321503.751.4613.5
S. Oberg (H, 10)0.11000004.631.49-1.0
C. Rusin (H, 7)1.00001102.350.982.5
J. McGee (H, 13)1.01000202.751.033.0
G. Holland (S, 28)1.01001101.390.998.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 2-0)5.2
S. Oberg (H, 10)0.1
C. Rusin (H, 7)1.0
J. McGee (H, 13)1.0
G. Holland (S, 28)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Cingrani
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Feldman 88-55, A. Hernandez 26-16, T. Cingrani 22-12, A. Brice 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Feldman 7-2, A. Hernandez 1-1, T. Cingrani 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Feldman 21, A. Hernandez 6, T. Cingrani 6, A. Brice
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Holland (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 108-68, S. Oberg 6-5, C. Rusin 14-7, J. McGee 14-10, G. Holland 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-5, S. Oberg 2-0, C. Rusin 1-0, G. Holland 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 3, J. McGee 3, G. Holland 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Z. Cozart SS50200002.315.394.542.9363.0
J. Votto 1B32200200.316.426.6251.0518.0
S. Gennett LF51210014.317.362.603.9655.5
E. Suarez 3B30110113.254.359.440.7992.5
T. Cingrani P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Brice P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Schebler RF40000035.252.329.525.854-1.5
J. Peraza 2B40100014.253.278.338.616-0.5
T. Barnhart C40100021.278.342.392.7340.0
S. Feldman P20100000.032.032.032.0651.0
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  • a-grounded out for Feldman in the 6th
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C. Blackmon CF40100011.311.365.571.9360.5
R. Tapia LF30000010.302.348.465.813-0.5
N. Arenado 3B40000011.298.349.540.888-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF21000110.220.301.343.6442.5
M. Reynolds 1B31100122.286.372.517.8892.0
P. Valaika 2B41331000.245.272.510.78210.0
A. Amarista 2B31000011.257.278.381.6590.5
a- T. Story SS10000012.218.301.395.697-0.5
R. Hanigan C30000021.245.286.358.644-1.0
J. Gray P21121010.100.100.400.5006.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Amarista in the 8th
  • b-walked for Rusin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Cozart (17)
  • 3B - J. Votto
  • RBI - S. Gennett (46), E. Suarez (43)
BATTING
  • HR - P. Valaika (6), J. Gray
  • SH - R. Tapia
  • RBI - P. Valaika 3 (17), J. Gray 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika (4), J. Gray 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (34), S. Gennett (2)
  • CS - J. Peraza (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, P. Valaika, A. Amarista, M. Reynolds
  • E - N. Arenado (3), P. Valaika (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Feldman (L, 7-6)5.05441623.941.273.0
A. Hernandez1.20001301.690.563.5
T. Cingrani1.01111102.701.020.5
A. Brice0.10000105.651.360.5
Total8.06553112---
PITCHERSIP
S. Feldman (L, 7-6)5.0
A. Hernandez1.2
T. Cingrani1.0
A. Brice0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 2-0)5.28321503.751.4613.5
S. Oberg (H, 10)0.11000004.631.49-1.0
C. Rusin (H, 7)1.00001102.350.982.5
J. McGee (H, 13)1.01000202.751.033.0
G. Holland (S, 28)1.01001101.390.998.5
Total9.01132390---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 2-0)5.2
S. Oberg (H, 10)0.1
C. Rusin (H, 7)1.0
J. McGee (H, 13)1.0
G. Holland (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Cingrani
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Feldman 88-55, A. Hernandez 26-16, T. Cingrani 22-12, A. Brice 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Feldman 7-2, A. Hernandez 1-1, T. Cingrani 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Feldman 21, A. Hernandez 6, T. Cingrani 6, A. Brice
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Holland (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 108-68, S. Oberg 6-5, C. Rusin 14-7, J. McGee 14-10, G. Holland 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-5, S. Oberg 2-0, C. Rusin 1-0, G. Holland 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 3, J. McGee 3, G. Holland 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Valaika singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Reynolds to second35
  • 6TH INNING
    Duvall safe at first on 3rd baseman Arenado fielding error, Gennett scored, Suarez to third, Barnhart to second34
    Suarez singled to right, Votto scored, Gennett to second24
  • 4TH INNING
    Valaika homered to right center, Reynolds scored14
    Gennett singled to left, Votto scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Gray homered to center, Amarista scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Jake McGee
    • A. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton grounded into double play shortstop to first, Alcantara out at second
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Cozart singled to right
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Cozart to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gennett grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Peraza singled to deep left
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • Trevor Story hit for Alexi Amarista
    • Austin Brice relieved Tony Cingrani
    • T. Cingrani Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Arenado grounded out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez hit by pitch
    • M. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reynolds walked, Gonzalez to second
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Reynolds to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart doubled to left center
    • Chris Rusin relieved Scott Oberg
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded into double play third to first, Cozart out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Hernandez Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • R. Hanigan: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Chris Rusin
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Tauchman walked
    • Arismendy Alcantara at third
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Votto reached on an infield single to first
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gennett singled to right, Votto to third
    • E. Suarez: Suarez singled to right, Votto scored, Gennett to second
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Peraza struck out on foul tip
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Peraza struck out on foul tip
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnhart singled to right, Gennett to third, Suarez to second
    • Adam Duvall hit for Scott Feldman
    • Adam Duvall hit for Scott Feldman
    • Scott Oberg relieved Jon Gray
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall safe at first on 3rd baseman Arenado fielding error, Gennett scored, Suarez to third, Barnhart to second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Ariel Hernandez pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Valaika flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • S. Feldman: Feldman grounded out to third
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton singled to center
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cozart grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Tapia lined out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto tripled to deep left
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett singled to left, Votto scored
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked, Gennett to second
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gennett to third, Suarez out at second
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Peraza fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds singled to left
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika homered to right center, Reynolds scored
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Amarista grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
    • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • S. Feldman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Feldman singled to deep left
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to third, Feldman out at second
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hamilton stole second, Cozart flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett safe at first on shortstop Valaika fielding error
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett stole second
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika singled to shallow center
    • A. Amarista: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Amarista reached on fielder's choice to second, Valaika out at second
    • R. Hanigan: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hanigan grounded out to pitcher, Amarista to second
    • J. Gray: Ball, Gray homered to center, Amarista scored
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to center
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Cozart lined out to center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Votto flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon singled to deep right
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Tapia hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)