Gray, Rockies shut down Villanueva and Padres in 5-2 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Jon Gray bounced back nicely from an opening day loss. He did it crisply, too.

Gray pitched seven scoreless innings, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each had a big two-run hit and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Gray (1-1) shut down the Padres a night after they won 8-4 behind rookie Christian Villanueva's three home runs and five RBIs. Gray retired Villanueva in three straight at-bats, including a strikeout. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none before three relievers finished up.

The combined six-hitter took just 2 hours, 41 minutes, and neither team used a mound visit.

Gray got on a roll and worked quickly.

''When things are working really fast, if you're getting guys out on one or two pitches, I mean, the inning can be over like that,'' he said. ''You don't even know it. It's a lot of fresh, good pitches in your mind that you just made, and it's a lot easier to make the next one like that.''

Gray allowed only two baserunners through the first five innings.

It was a much better outing than on opening day, when he gave up three runs and six hits in four innings during a loss at Arizona.

''Jon bounced back, for sure,'' Rockies manager Bud Black. ''Stayed pretty poised throughout the game within his delivery. Fastball had life, good slider. I liked the fact that the curveball came into play as the game went on. He needs that. We've talked a lot about the velocity variance. That was big for him.''

Cory Spangenberg had two of the Padres' four hits off Gray.

Jake McGee allowed a hit and two San Diego runs in the eighth, one of them unearned due to his error. Bryan Shaw gave up an RBI single to Hunter Renfroe, but Wade Davis closed in the ninth for his third save.

The Rockies hit Clayton Richard (0-1) hard in scoring all their runs in the first two innings. Story's broken-bat, two-run double that bounced over the left-field wall highlighted the three-run first, when the Rockies also got an RBI double from Nolan Arenado.

Desmond's two-run single with the bases loaded highlighted the second. Arenado was thrown out by Matt Szczur trying to go from first to third on the play.

Pitching with the lead helped Gray.

''He's a pretty good front-runner,'' Black said. ''I like that. Like in a horse race, man. If you get the lead as a horse, sometimes you finish it. I'll keep an eye on Jon, but hopefully he's a good front-runner - catches the lead and keeps going.''

Padres manager Andy Green said Gray ''didn't create many opportunities to score early on. There's been times when we've gotten to him and times we've had a lot of trouble with him. He's kind of had that history for them where he's out there in some outings and he's absolutely dominant and he's had other outings where we get to him. Today was one of those days we just didn't get pressure on him early.''

Richard, who tossed seven strong innings against Milwaukee on opening day, allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.

''It wasn't terrible but wasn't great,'' Richard said. ''A little bit of a spray the first couple innings. Then unfortunately the balls that were in play were either hit hard enough on the ground or broken bat that was a double down the line.''

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''You look at those first three guys in their lineup,'' Green said, referring to Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Arenado. ''They've got two guys who are as good as anybody in baseball at the top and they've got another guy who's won the batting title. You want to beat those guys. You've got to keep those three guys off base and that was our challenge the first two innings. Those three guys did the bulk of the damage and that's usually the case with their offense.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Wil Myers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right arm. Myers also missed time this season with a sore back. RHP Phil Maton was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to take his roster spot.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson starts the series finale Thursday afternoon. He allowed seven runs over 2 1/3 innings last Friday, including five in the first inning, but didn't factor into the decision in a 9-8 loss at Arizona.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi makes his second start. He gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings during his major league debut Friday night.

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N. Arenado 3B21110200.286.385.571.9566.0
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T. Story SS30120111.174.240.217.4574.5
C. Gonzalez RF40100013.240.269.280.5490.5
P. Valaika 1B40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    C. Asuaje 2B40200010.273.360.364.7241.5
    E. Hosmer 1B41000023.261.370.435.8050.0
    C. Villanueva 3B30000012.300.3641.2001.564-0.5
    R. Erlin P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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    C. Spangenberg LF40200011.333.385.9171.3012.5
    K. Makita P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    F. Galvis SS30000112.286.400.429.8290.5
    M. Szczur CF40100003.286.286.286.5711.0
    A. Hedges C40000003.067.125.267.3920.0
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    • a-singled for Erlin in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Cimber in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Arenado (3), T. Story
    • RBI - N. Arenado (5), I. Desmond 2 (7), T. Story 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Spangenberg
    • RBI - H. Renfroe
    • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe
    FIELDING
    • E - J. McGee
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Szczur
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (W, 1-1)7.04000702.451.1830.5
    J. McGee0.21211002.450.55-3.0
    B. Shaw0.11000000.001.20-1.0
    W. Davis (S, 3)1.00001000.000.439.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (W, 1-1)7.0
    J. McGee0.2
    B. Shaw0.1
    W. Davis (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Richard (L, 0-1)5.08553604.501.50-3.0
    A. Cimber1.00000103.381.883.5
    R. Erlin2.01000303.180.886.5
    K. Makita1.00000103.001.333.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Richard (L, 0-1)5.0
    A. Cimber1.0
    R. Erlin2.0
    K. Makita1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Gray
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 93-63, J. McGee 13-8, B. Shaw 3-3, W. Davis 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-9, J. McGee 1-1, W. Davis 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, J. McGee 4, B. Shaw 2, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Richard
    • IBB - C. Richard
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 99-60, A. Cimber 11-7, R. Erlin 33-21, K. Makita 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 5-3, A. Cimber 1-1, R. Erlin 2-1, K. Makita 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Richard 25, A. Cimber 3, R. Erlin 7, K. Makita 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. LeMahieu 2B52200000.286.444.6191.0634.0
    N. Arenado 3B21110200.286.385.571.9566.0
    I. Desmond LF40220023.421.421.7891.2113.0
    T. Story SS30120111.174.240.217.4574.5
    C. Gonzalez RF40100013.240.269.280.5490.5
    P. Valaika 1B40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
    J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Wolters C40000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
    J. Gray P30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. McMahon 1B10000010.000.111.000.111-0.5
    Total35595031112-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Pirela RF-LF21000100.280.333.400.7333.0
      C. Asuaje 2B40200010.273.360.364.7241.5
      E. Hosmer 1B41000023.261.370.435.8050.0
      C. Villanueva 3B30000012.300.3641.2001.564-0.5
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      a- H. Renfroe PH-RF10110000.300.462.6001.0622.0
      C. Spangenberg LF40200011.333.385.9171.3012.5
      K. Makita P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      F. Galvis SS30000112.286.400.429.8290.5
      M. Szczur CF40100003.286.286.286.5711.0
      A. Hedges C40000003.067.125.267.3920.0
      C. Richard P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- C. Headley PH-3B20000010.000.083.000.083-0.5
      Total3226102714-----
      • a-singled for Erlin in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Cimber in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Arenado (3), T. Story
      • RBI - N. Arenado (5), I. Desmond 2 (7), T. Story 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Spangenberg
      • RBI - H. Renfroe
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe
      FIELDING
      • E - J. McGee
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Szczur
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (W, 1-1)7.04000702.451.1830.5
      J. McGee0.21211002.450.55-3.0
      B. Shaw0.11000000.001.20-1.0
      W. Davis (S, 3)1.00001000.000.439.0
      Total9.0621270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (W, 1-1)7.0
      J. McGee0.2
      B. Shaw0.1
      W. Davis (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 0-1)5.08553604.501.50-3.0
      A. Cimber1.00000103.381.883.5
      R. Erlin2.01000303.180.886.5
      K. Makita1.00000103.001.333.5
      Total9.09553110---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 0-1)5.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      R. Erlin2.0
      K. Makita1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Gray
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 93-63, J. McGee 13-8, B. Shaw 3-3, W. Davis 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-9, J. McGee 1-1, W. Davis 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, J. McGee 4, B. Shaw 2, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Richard
      • IBB - C. Richard
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 99-60, A. Cimber 11-7, R. Erlin 33-21, K. Makita 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 5-3, A. Cimber 1-1, R. Erlin 2-1, K. Makita 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 25, A. Cimber 3, R. Erlin 7, K. Makita 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Renfroe singled to shallow center, Hosmer scored52
        Hosmer reached on fielder's choice to first, Pirela scored, Hosmer to second, Asuaje out at second on McGee fielding error51
      • 2ND INNING
        Desmond singled to shallow center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored, Arenado out at third50
      • 1ST INNING
        Story doubled to deep left, LeMahieu and Arenado scored30
        Arenado doubled to deep left, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
        • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Bryan Shaw
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis walked
        • M. Szczur: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Szczur lined out to left
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Hedges grounded into double play third to second to first, Galvis out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Erlin Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jake McGee pitching
        • Ryan McMahon at first
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Foul, Headley flied out to right
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
        • C. Asuaje: Foul, Asuaje singled to shallow left center, Pirela to second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer reached on fielder's choice to first, Pirela scored, Hosmer to second, Asuaje out at second on McGee fielding error
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Jake McGee
        • Hunter Renfroe hit for Robbie Erlin
        • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to shallow center, Hosmer scored
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Spangenberg flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Robbie Erlin pitching
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado flied out to deep right
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Szczur reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Hedges: Hedges reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Szczur out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber relieved Clayton Richard
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
        • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gray grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chase Headley hit for Adam Cimber
        • C. Headley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pirela hit by pitch
        • C. Asuaje: Ball, Asuaje singled to shallow right, Pirela to second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • C. Villanueva: Villanueva fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
        • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Arenado to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valaika flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Spangenberg doubled to left center
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis grounded out to first, Spangenberg to third
        • M. Szczur: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Szczur lined out to second
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hedges flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gray grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • C. Asuaje: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Asuaje struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Hosmer fouled out to left
        • C. Villanueva: Villanueva grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Story flied out to deep right
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to shallow left
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hedges lined out to right
        • C. Richard: Foul, Richard lined out to left
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pirela grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Wolters grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Gray grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon singled to shallow center
        • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon to third, LeMahieu to second on wild pitch, Arenado intentionally walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond singled to shallow center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored, Arenado out at third
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
        • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Spangenberg singled to center
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Galvis flied out to center
        • M. Szczur: Szczur popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to center
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu singled to shallow left, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado doubled to deep left, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to third
        • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • T. Story: Story doubled to deep left, LeMahieu and Arenado scored
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second, Story to third
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Valaika flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Pirela flied out to right
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Asuaje grounded out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)