Gray's pitching leads Rockies past Phillies 8-5

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray put his fastball to work early and often to go deep into the game.

Gray matched a season high by pitching seven strong innings, Pat Valaika homered and the Colorado Rockies rode a big early lead to an 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Gray said his game plan was to ''just go after the guys and really establish the fastball early, move it in and out, up and down, try to get quick outs.''

The approach served Gray (4-2) well. He allowed six hits and struck out four, giving the Rockies a quality start the night after they had to lean on their bullpen when starter Kyle Freeland was forced to leave in the first inning because of a left groin strain.

''The bullpen did a great job (Friday) but they were a little taxed, so for him to go seven innings was huge,'' Valaika said.

Manager Bud Black added: ''That was critical. That was significant that he went seven.''

Gerardo Parra added three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies who won for the fourth time in five games.

Daniel Nava homered, tripled and singled for the Phillies, who fell to 0-5 on their eight-game road trip.

Trailing by seven runs, the Phillies got a three-run homer from Nava in the eighth inning off reliever Zac Rosscup, pulling within 8-4.

Pat Neshek finished up, allowing an RBI single by Freddy Galvis in the ninth in his first appearance against his former team since the Rockies acquired him in a July 26 trade.

The Rockies batted around in the first inning and Nick Pivetta (4-7) did himself no favors by walking leadoff man Charlie Blackmon, and then hitting D.J. LeMahieu with a pitch before Nolan Arenado singled to load the bases. Parra followed with another single and Pivetta trailed 2-0 before recording an out.

A fielding error by first baseman Tommy Joseph opened the door to two unearned runs during the Rockies' five-run first which also included a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy and an RBI single by Valaika.

''I didn't make pitches at all tonight,'' Pivetta said. ''It's clear I left balls in the middle (of the plate). When you're in Colorado and facing a lineup like that, the way they are going right now, it's not going to be good. The only thing I can do is learn from it, go forward from it and try to find that consistency.''

Colorado pulled in front 8-0, tacking on three more runs in the third when Valaika hit a two-run homer and Carlos Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly.

Philadelphia's first run didn't come until the fourth on Nick Williams'double-play grounder.

The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth but first baseman Mark Reynolds made a diving catch of Galvis' liner to end the threat.

Pivetta allowed eight runs - six earned - in 2 2/3 innings.

STRIKE ZONE

Mark Leiter Jr. turned in an outstanding relief effort for the Phillies, pitching 4 1/3 innings and striking out a career-high nine. He became the sixth reliever in major league history to register nine strikeouts without allowing a run or walk and the first since Bruce Ruffin did it for the Rockies against the Houston Astros on Sept. 14, 1993. ''He pitched like a 10-year veteran tonight,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ''He put on a clinic for every pitcher in baseball, it was really fun to watch.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: OF Aaron Altherr was placed on the 10-day disabled list after leaving Friday night's game in the eighth inning with a strained right hamstring. ... OF Cameron Perkins was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill his roster spot.

Rockies: Freeland has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with the left groin strain. ... INF-OF Ian Desmond, sidelined with a right calf strain since July 28, did light conditioning work in the field and took swings in the batting cage. The developments are encouraging but there's still no timetable for his return, Black said.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.16 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts, going 5-2 in that span.

Rockies: Rookie RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.58 ERA) is slated to make his second career start against the Phillies. He beat the Phillies the first time he faced them May 22 at Citizen's Bank Park, going seven innings and allowing one run and three hits.

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RockiesCOL64-47
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  • W: J. Gray (4-2)L: N. Pivetta (4-7)
  • HR: PHI - D. Nava (4), COL - P. Valaika (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41100112.294.360.419.7792.5
F. Galvis SS52310003.255.306.412.7186.0
D. Nava RF51331001.311.402.441.84312.0
N. Williams LF40000022.300.336.555.891-1.0
T. Joseph 1B40000001.250.307.441.7490.0
O. Herrera CF40100001.277.320.443.7631.0
M. Franco 3B40100021.227.283.399.6820.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Alfaro C40200010.500.500.5001.0001.5
N. Pivetta P10000011.067.067.067.133-0.5
M. Leiter P20000002.111.111.111.2220.0
A. Blanco 3B11100000.160.239.217.4562.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF31100221.328.386.600.9863.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B41000024.319.383.406.7891.0
    N. Arenado 3B41100020.315.362.595.9571.0
    G. Parra LF41320000.361.386.542.9287.0
    M. Reynolds 1B42110012.285.372.519.8913.5
    C. Gonzalez RF31110011.228.299.345.6433.5
    J. Lucroy C30010002.245.302.341.6431.0
    P. Valaika SS41231011.264.294.574.8688.5
    J. Gray P30100021.158.200.316.5160.0
    Z. Rosscup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    P. Neshek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-walked for Ottavino in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 3B - D. Nava
    • HR - D. Nava (4)
    • RBI - F. Galvis (47), D. Nava 3 (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (18)
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Parra (17), C. Gonzalez (17)
    • HR - P. Valaika (10)
    • SF - C. Gonzalez (5), J. Lucroy (3)
    • RBI - G. Parra 2 (50), M. Reynolds (74), C. Gonzalez (32), J. Lucroy (28), P. Valaika 3 (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika 3 (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Hernandez, T. Joseph, M. Franco
    • E - T. Joseph (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika, M. Reynolds
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Pivetta (L, 4-7)2.27861115.891.43-12.5
    M. Leiter4.12000904.351.2814.5
    H. Neris1.01002103.061.260.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Pivetta (L, 4-7)2.2
    M. Leiter4.1
    H. Neris1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (W, 4-2)7.06111404.941.4925.0
    Z. Rosscup0.13330119.001.75-5.5
    A. Ottavino0.21000105.171.64-0.5
    P. Neshek1.02110101.600.870.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (W, 4-2)7.0
    Z. Rosscup0.1
    A. Ottavino0.2
    P. Neshek1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Pivetta (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 64-41, M. Leiter 52-40, H. Neris 26-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 3-4, M. Leiter 4-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 17, M. Leiter 15, H. Neris 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-61, Z. Rosscup 9-7, A. Ottavino 13-8, P. Neshek 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-7, P. Neshek 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, Z. Rosscup 4, A. Ottavino 3, P. Neshek 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Hernandez 2B41100112.294.360.419.7792.5
    F. Galvis SS52310003.255.306.412.7186.0
    D. Nava RF51331001.311.402.441.84312.0
    N. Williams LF40000022.300.336.555.891-1.0
    T. Joseph 1B40000001.250.307.441.7490.0
    O. Herrera CF40100001.277.320.443.7631.0
    M. Franco 3B40100021.227.283.399.6820.0
    H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Alfaro C40200010.500.500.5001.0001.5
    N. Pivetta P10000011.067.067.067.133-0.5
    M. Leiter P20000002.111.111.111.2220.0
    A. Blanco 3B11100000.160.239.217.4562.0
    Total38512411714-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF31100221.328.386.600.9863.0
      D. LeMahieu 2B41000024.319.383.406.7891.0
      N. Arenado 3B41100020.315.362.595.9571.0
      G. Parra LF41320000.361.386.542.9287.0
      M. Reynolds 1B42110012.285.372.519.8913.5
      C. Gonzalez RF31110011.228.299.345.6433.5
      J. Lucroy C30010002.245.302.341.6431.0
      P. Valaika SS41231011.264.294.574.8688.5
      J. Gray P30100021.158.200.316.5160.0
      Z. Rosscup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- A. Amarista PH00000100.254.281.369.6511.0
      P. Neshek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total328108131112-----
      • a-walked for Ottavino in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Nava
      • HR - D. Nava (4)
      • RBI - F. Galvis (47), D. Nava 3 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Parra (17), C. Gonzalez (17)
      • HR - P. Valaika (10)
      • SF - C. Gonzalez (5), J. Lucroy (3)
      • RBI - G. Parra 2 (50), M. Reynolds (74), C. Gonzalez (32), J. Lucroy (28), P. Valaika 3 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika 3 (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Hernandez, T. Joseph, M. Franco
      • E - T. Joseph (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika, M. Reynolds
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Pivetta (L, 4-7)2.27861115.891.43-12.5
      M. Leiter4.12000904.351.2814.5
      H. Neris1.01002103.061.260.5
      Total8.010863111---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Pivetta (L, 4-7)2.2
      M. Leiter4.1
      H. Neris1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (W, 4-2)7.06111404.941.4925.0
      Z. Rosscup0.13330119.001.75-5.5
      A. Ottavino0.21000105.171.64-0.5
      P. Neshek1.02110101.600.870.5
      Total9.01255171---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (W, 4-2)7.0
      Z. Rosscup0.1
      A. Ottavino0.2
      P. Neshek1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Pivetta (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 64-41, M. Leiter 52-40, H. Neris 26-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 3-4, M. Leiter 4-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 17, M. Leiter 15, H. Neris 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-61, Z. Rosscup 9-7, A. Ottavino 13-8, P. Neshek 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-7, P. Neshek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, Z. Rosscup 4, A. Ottavino 3, P. Neshek 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Galvis singled to left, Blanco scored58
      • 8TH INNING
        Nava homered to center, Hernandez and Galvis scored48
      • 4TH INNING
        Williams grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Galvis scored, Nava out at second18
      • 3RD INNING
        Valaika homered to left, Reynolds scored08
        Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to center, Parra scored06
      • 1ST INNING
        Valaika singled to right, Gonzalez scored05
        Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to left, Reynolds scored04
        Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to third, Arenado scored, Parra out at second03
        Parra singled to center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored, Arenado to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Pat Neshek pitching
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to second
        • A. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco singled to right
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Blanco to second on fielder's indifference, Galvis singled to left, Blanco scored
        • D. Nava: Nava flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zac Rosscup relieved Jon Gray
        • C. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
        • F. Galvis: Galvis singled to center, Hernandez to second
        • D. Nava: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Nava homered to center, Hernandez and Galvis scored
        • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • Adam Ottavino relieved Zac Rosscup
        • T. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Joseph flied out to deep left
        • O. Herrera: Herrera singled to center
        • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Neris pitching
        • Andres Blanco at third
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to deep center
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy lined out to right, Gonzalez to third
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Valaika popped out to first
        • Alexi Amarista hit for Adam Ottavino
        • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Amarista walked
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon walked, Amarista to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
        • M. Leiter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Leiter grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leiter Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to left
        • M. Reynolds: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • D. Nava: Nava tripled to right center
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • T. Joseph: Joseph popped out to second
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leiter Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • J. Gray: Foul, Gray singled to left
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Franco: Franco singled to center
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro singled to center, Franco to second
        • M. Leiter: Ball, Foul, Foul, Leiter grounded out to catcher, Franco to third, Alfaro to second
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis lined out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leiter Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Parra grounded out to third
        • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to first
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis reached on an infield single to second
        • D. Nava: Strike looking, Nava singled to right, Galvis to third
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Williams grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Galvis scored, Nava out at second
        • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Joseph grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leiter Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to second
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Alfaro singled to center
        • N. Pivetta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pivetta struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra doubled to deep left
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to right, Parra to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to center, Parra scored
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy lined out to right
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika homered to left, Reynolds scored
        • Mark Leiter relieved Nick Pivetta
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Ball, Williams lined out to center
        • T. Joseph: Ball, Joseph fouled out to first
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon singled to left center
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded into double play third to second to first, Blackmon out at second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Galvis flied out to left
        • D. Nava: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nava grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu hit by pitch, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arenado singled to left, Blackmon to third, LeMahieu to second
        • G. Parra: Foul, Parra singled to center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored, Arenado to third
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to third, Arenado scored, Parra out at second
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to right, Reynolds to third, Gonzalez to second on 1st baseman Joseph fielding error
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to left, Reynolds scored
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Valaika singled to right, Gonzalez scored
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)