Gray's 7 shutout innings lead Rockies past Angels, 4-2

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray was staring at a big first-inning jam, but one good pitch got him out of it and kept the Colorado Rockies rolling.

Gray continued Colorado's strong stretch of starts with seven scoreless innings, and the Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado's ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels' potent lineup to four hits.

''All of them are pitching with a great deal of confidence,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said of his starting staff. ''They have conviction of what they're going to throw. You can see during the game, even when there's some stress I've noticed poise and calmness through this stretch.''

Colorado's starters have combined for an ERA of 1.92 over the last 12 games while the Rockies are 9-3 in that stretch.

''We always want to outdo each other,'' Gray said.

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth to cut Colorado's lead in half but closer Wade Davis got the last three outs for his major-league leading 14th save.

Los Angeles averaged 7.7 runs while winning five of its last six but was quieted by Gray in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

''He made good pitches. He didn't give away anything,'' the Angels' Andrelton Simmons said. ''He was throwing some good sliders away, some backup sliders. He was just hitting corners.''

The Angels were poised for a big inning when they loaded the bases in the first on two singles and a walk but Gray struck out Zack Cozart on a full-count slider to end the threat. He was nearly unhittable after that, retiring 11 in a row and 18 of the last 20 he faced.

''We set the table early, had some good looks at him and he made some pitches to get out of some innings and then he got on a nice roll,'' Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He made a great pitch on (Cozart) 3-2.''

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu's RBI single in the third off starter Andrew Healey (1-2) and tacked on another run in the sixth. Trevor Story led off with a triple and scored on Gerardo Parra's one-out single to left.

Los Angeles tried to rally in the seventh. Simmons led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Shohei Ohtani, who didn't start because there is no designated hitter in NL parks, came up as a pinch-hitter. He worked the count to 3-1 but grounded out sharply to first, and Gray escaped without allowing a run.

''I knew it was going to be a big part of the game. He's really talented; saw him in spring training a few times,'' Gray said. ''I knew we were going to have to execute pitches and throw our best stuff.''

Colorado added a pair of runs on Story's two-out double off reliever Noe Ramirez in the seventh.

SHOWSTOPPER

Ohtani wasn't in the starting lineup on Tuesday but he still thrilled the fans that arrived early for batting practice. Ohtani launched several moonshots in the cage, twice hitting balls into the third deck in right field as fans oohed and aahed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LeMahieu was activated from the 10-day disabled list and batted first. He missed nine games with a strained right hamstring. INF Pat Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for LeMahieu.

UP NEXT

Angels RHP Jaime Barria (2-1, 3.46) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season on Wednesday in the finale of the two-game series. He will face Colorado LHP Tyler Anderson (2-0, 3.78).

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  • W: J. Gray (4-4)L: A. Heaney (1-2)S: W. Davis (14)
  • HR: LAA - J. Upton (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Kinsler 2B40000001.189.260.256.5160.0
M. Trout CF31000100.328.453.7031.1564.0
J. Upton LF41221020.245.306.432.7377.0
A. Pujols 1B40100020.255.285.438.7230.0
A. Simmons SS30100100.350.407.512.9202.0
Z. Cozart 3B40100014.238.293.434.7280.5
J. Blash RF20000010.167.286.167.452-0.5
a- S. Ohtani PH10000001.333.385.6171.0010.0
C. Young RF0000-000.167.250.361.000-
b- K. Calhoun PH10000001.165.193.209.4020.0
M. Maldonado C30100001.218.307.308.6151.0
A. Heaney P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Valbuena PH10000000.263.311.404.7150.0
B. Parker P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Blash in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Young in the 9th
  • c-fouled out for N. Ramirez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40110000.288.363.495.8582.0
C. Blackmon CF21000201.284.394.595.9893.0
N. Arenado 3B31100111.315.412.6041.0162.5
T. Story SS31220102.233.324.473.7979.0
I. Desmond 1B40000033.182.225.372.597-1.5
G. Parra LF40110021.263.324.354.6781.0
N. Cuevas RF30100001.333.379.333.7132.0
T. Wolters C41100003.146.276.208.4842.0
J. Gray P10000010.214.214.286.500-0.5
a- D. Dahl PH10000000.293.341.488.8290.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Upton (7)
  • RBI - J. Upton 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (6)
  • 3B - T. Story (2)
  • SH - J. Gray (2)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (13), T. Story 2 (23), G. Parra (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story 2 (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Trout (7)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Trout (2)
  • DP - (Trout-Kinsler)
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)6.05223504.781.378.5
N. Ramirez1.02221103.861.61-1.5
B. Parker1.00000103.501.393.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)6.0
N. Ramirez1.0
B. Parker1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.04001804.241.2230.0
A. Ottavino1.01221011.350.65-1.0
W. Davis (S, 14)1.01000002.350.919.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.0
A. Ottavino1.0
W. Davis (S, 14)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Heaney
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 86-54, N. Ramirez 22-12, B. Parker 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 7-5, N. Ramirez 2-0, B. Parker 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 26, N. Ramirez 6, B. Parker 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 99-61, A. Ottavino 18-8, W. Davis 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-2, A. Ottavino 2-1, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, A. Ottavino 5, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Kinsler 2B40000001.189.260.256.5160.0
M. Trout CF31000100.328.453.7031.1564.0
J. Upton LF41221020.245.306.432.7377.0
A. Pujols 1B40100020.255.285.438.7230.0
A. Simmons SS30100100.350.407.512.9202.0
Z. Cozart 3B40100014.238.293.434.7280.5
J. Blash RF20000010.167.286.167.452-0.5
a- S. Ohtani PH10000001.333.385.6171.0010.0
C. Young RF0000-000.167.250.361.000-
b- K. Calhoun PH10000001.165.193.209.4020.0
M. Maldonado C30100001.218.307.308.6151.0
A. Heaney P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Valbuena PH10000000.263.311.404.7150.0
B. Parker P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Blash in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Young in the 9th
  • c-fouled out for N. Ramirez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40110000.288.363.495.8582.0
C. Blackmon CF21000201.284.394.595.9893.0
N. Arenado 3B31100111.315.412.6041.0162.5
T. Story SS31220102.233.324.473.7979.0
I. Desmond 1B40000033.182.225.372.597-1.5
G. Parra LF40110021.263.324.354.6781.0
N. Cuevas RF30100001.333.379.333.7132.0
T. Wolters C41100003.146.276.208.4842.0
J. Gray P10000010.214.214.286.500-0.5
a- D. Dahl PH10000000.293.341.488.8290.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2947404712-----
  • a-grounded out for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Upton (7)
  • RBI - J. Upton 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (6)
  • 3B - T. Story (2)
  • SH - J. Gray (2)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (13), T. Story 2 (23), G. Parra (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story 2 (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Trout (7)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Trout (2)
  • DP - (Trout-Kinsler)
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)6.05223504.781.378.5
N. Ramirez1.02221103.861.61-1.5
B. Parker1.00000103.501.393.5
Total8.0744470---
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)6.0
N. Ramirez1.0
B. Parker1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.04001804.241.2230.0
A. Ottavino1.01221011.350.65-1.0
W. Davis (S, 14)1.01000002.350.919.0
Total9.0622281---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.0
A. Ottavino1.0
W. Davis (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Heaney
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 86-54, N. Ramirez 22-12, B. Parker 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 7-5, N. Ramirez 2-0, B. Parker 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 26, N. Ramirez 6, B. Parker 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 99-61, A. Ottavino 18-8, W. Davis 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-2, A. Ottavino 2-1, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, A. Ottavino 5, W. Davis 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Upton homered to left, Trout scored24
  • 7TH INNING
    Story doubled to left, Blackmon and Arenado scored, Story to third04
  • 6TH INNING
    Parra singled to shallow left, Story scored02
  • 3RD INNING
    LeMahieu singled to right center, Wolters scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart singled to shallow left
    • Kole Calhoun hit for Chris Young
    • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded into double play second to third to first, Cozart out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • Luis Valbuena hit for Noe Ramirez
    • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Valbuena fouled out to third
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Trout stole second, Upton homered to left, Trout scored
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Parker pitching
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuevas grounded out to third
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to right
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cozart grounded out to third, Simmons to second
    • Shohei Ohtani hit for Jabari Blash
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to first, Simmons to third
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Young in right
    • David Dahl hit for Jon Gray
    • Noe Ramirez relieved Andrew Heaney
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Dahl grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Arenado singled to shallow center, Blackmon to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Story doubled to left, Blackmon and Arenado scored, Story to third
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded out to third
    • J. Upton: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • T. Story: Story tripled to deep right
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Desmond struck out on foul tip
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Parra singled to shallow left, Story scored
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Ball, Cuevas hit by pitch, Parra to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters lined into double play center to second, Parra out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Blash: Blash grounded out to second
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado singled to center
    • A. Heaney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Heaney struck out bunting foul
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to second
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to first
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cuevas singled to center
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wolters lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Upton: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Gray: Foul, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right center, Wolters scored
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, LeMahieu to second
    • T. Story: Story grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Heaney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heaney struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Foul, Foul, Cuevas grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton singled to left
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols singled to shallow right, Upton to second
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked, Upton to third, Pujols to second
    • Z. Cozart: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)