Gray settles down after rough start, Rockies beat Reds 5-4

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray turned the page on bad pitches a little faster than usual. That allowed him to salvage his whole night.

Gray settled down after a shaky start, pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas came through with a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning and the Colorado Rockies began a long homestand by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday.

Nolan Arenado homered early for Colorado in the first of nine in a row at Coors Field, where the NL West-leading Rockies have struggled this season. The team is tied for the second-fewest home wins (eight) in the majors.

Gray (5-6) threw 100 pitches over six taxing innings in allowing four runs. He didn't have his command early on, but finally found some semblance of a groove. Typically this season, it's been the good or the bad with Gray and rarely in between.

Consider: In his six losses, he has a 10.05 ERA. In his five wins, he has a 1.36 mark.

This one looked headed down a bad road. Trailing 4-1 in the third, the Rockies tied it on Tony Wolters' bases-loaded walk shortly after Gerardo Parra's two-run single. It was Colorado's biggest comeback of the season.

''Things didn't start off very good at all. I knew it was going to be a grind from there on out,'' Gray said. ''That's what I tried to do - make every single pitch. Forget about the bad ones and move on to the next one.''

The bullpen did its part, too - Mike Dunn pitched around a leadoff single in the seventh and Adam Ottavino did the same in the eighth. Wade Davis struck out two of three in the ninth to earn his major league-leading 18th save.

Cuevas delivered in the sixth after Wolters led off with a walk. Cuevas lined a slider from Sal Romano (2-6) into the right-field corner for his first career triple.

''I'm glad I was able to get a hit against a righty. It gives me the confidence of, hey, I can hit against righties, too, not just lefties,'' Cuevas said. ''Hopefully in situations like that in the future, they give me that vote of confidence and throw me out there.''

It was another rough outing for Romano, who lasted 5 1/3 innings and permitted five runs. The right-hander has given up 18 runs over his last 12 2/3 innings during a three-game skid.

''I felt my stuff, the way I felt, was better than my numbers today,'' Romano said. ''Still, another loss.''

Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer and leads the NL with 40 RBIs. Joey Votto had a single and a double in the opener of a nine-game road swing. The Reds are 9-15 away from home.

Arenado hit his ninth homer of the season, a solo shot in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (sprained left thumb) is playing catch and hitting ''a little bit,'' he said. LeMahieu was placed on the disabled list May 14. ''Getting better every day,'' he said.

TO K OR NOT TO K

Arenado isn't all that troubled by Colorado fanning at least 10 times in 23 games this season.

''Strikeouts aren't a big deal. It's a matter of when strikeouts are,'' he said. ''With nobody on and you strike out, it hurts but it doesn't hurt you as bad as when you have runners in scoring position and have a chance to get a run on the board.''

NEED FOR SPEED

Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman inserted struggling outfielder Billy Hamilton into the lineup more for his ability to cover ground at spacious Coors Field. Batting ninth in the order, Hamilton went 1 for 4 to slightly raise his average to .200. He also showed off his wheels by running down Parra's drive in the seventh.

''His defense is extraordinary,'' Riggleman said. ''When we play in these big parks out West, we like to have him out there.''

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (4-6, 4.53 ERA) is tied with Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani for the most strikeouts (52) in the majors this season among pitchers 23 and younger. Mahle will make his first start against Colorado on Saturday.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.74) held the Reds to two runs over six innings in a win on May 19, 2017.

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  • W: J. Gray (5-6)L: S. Romano (2-6)S: W. Davis (18)
  • HR: CIN - E. Suarez (9), COL - N. Arenado (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker LF-RF30000210.252.355.333.6881.5
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S. Gennett 2B40110031.319.358.527.8850.5
E. Suarez 3B31221010.289.367.594.9608.5
S. Schebler RF30010103.250.321.417.7382.0
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J. Peraza SS40000004.243.279.317.5960.0
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a- A. Duvall PH-LF10000001.176.275.396.6710.0
B. Hamilton CF40100020.200.287.290.5782.0
  • a-flied out for Rainey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41200001.269.369.514.8844.0
D. Dahl RF41200001.266.310.418.7273.0
N. Arenado 3B21111202.320.414.556.9708.0
G. Parra LF41120011.275.316.383.6993.5
T. Story SS30000111.237.324.478.8020.5
I. Desmond 1B40000013.177.229.366.594-0.5
T. Wolters C21110200.141.271.225.4965.0
P. Valaika 2B30000005.120.185.173.3590.0
a- C. Gonzalez PH10000010.214.256.366.622-0.5
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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D. Castro 2B00000000.143.163.238.4010.0
  • a-struck out for Valaika in the 8th
  • b-tripled for Gray in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (8)
  • HR - E. Suarez (9)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (35), E. Suarez 2 (40), S. Schebler (18)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (5)
  • 3B - N. Cuevas
  • HR - N. Arenado (9)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (27), G. Parra 2 (13), T. Wolters (8), N. Cuevas (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (6), T. Wolters (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Peraza-Gennett-Votto; Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Story-Valaika-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 2-6)5.18554515.891.62-4.5
W. Peralta1.00001003.331.642.0
T. Rainey0.200000013.502.140.0
M. Lorenzen1.00000100.001.003.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 2-6)5.1
W. Peralta1.0
T. Rainey0.2
M. Lorenzen1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 5-6)6.06443815.401.4116.0
M. Dunn (H, 4)1.01000106.751.722.5
A. Ottavino (H, 12)1.01000000.980.652.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.00000202.530.9811.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 5-6)6.0
M. Dunn (H, 4)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 12)1.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 78-43, W. Peralta 16-9, T. Rainey 6-3, M. Lorenzen 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 7-3, T. Rainey 1-0, M. Lorenzen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 27, W. Peralta 4, T. Rainey, M. Lorenzen 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 100-61, M. Dunn 18-10, A. Ottavino 14-9, W. Davis 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-4, M. Dunn 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, M. Dunn 3, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker LF-RF30000210.252.355.333.6881.5
T. Barnhart C51200013.271.352.417.7682.5
J. Votto 1B42200003.279.401.425.8265.0
S. Gennett 2B40110031.319.358.527.8850.5
E. Suarez 3B31221010.289.367.594.9608.5
S. Schebler RF30010103.250.321.417.7382.0
M. Lorenzen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Peraza SS40000004.243.279.317.5960.0
S. Romano P30000030.059.059.118.176-1.5
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a- A. Duvall PH-LF10000001.176.275.396.6710.0
B. Hamilton CF40100020.200.287.290.5782.0
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  • a-flied out for Rainey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41200001.269.369.514.8844.0
D. Dahl RF41200001.266.310.418.7273.0
N. Arenado 3B21111202.320.414.556.9708.0
G. Parra LF41120011.275.316.383.6993.5
T. Story SS30000111.237.324.478.8020.5
I. Desmond 1B40000013.177.229.366.594-0.5
T. Wolters C21110200.141.271.225.4965.0
P. Valaika 2B30000005.120.185.173.3590.0
a- C. Gonzalez PH10000010.214.256.366.622-0.5
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gray P20000020.167.250.222.472-1.0
b- N. Cuevas PH10110000.302.351.396.7474.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Castro 2B00000000.143.163.238.4010.0
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  • a-struck out for Valaika in the 8th
  • b-tripled for Gray in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (8)
  • HR - E. Suarez (9)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (35), E. Suarez 2 (40), S. Schebler (18)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (5)
  • 3B - N. Cuevas
  • HR - N. Arenado (9)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (27), G. Parra 2 (13), T. Wolters (8), N. Cuevas (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (6), T. Wolters (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Peraza-Gennett-Votto; Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Story-Valaika-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 2-6)5.18554515.891.62-4.5
W. Peralta1.00001003.331.642.0
T. Rainey0.200000013.502.140.0
M. Lorenzen1.00000100.001.003.5
Total8.0855561---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 2-6)5.1
W. Peralta1.0
T. Rainey0.2
M. Lorenzen1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 5-6)6.06443815.401.4116.0
M. Dunn (H, 4)1.01000106.751.722.5
A. Ottavino (H, 12)1.01000000.980.652.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.00000202.530.9811.0
Total9.08443111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 5-6)6.0
M. Dunn (H, 4)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 12)1.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 78-43, W. Peralta 16-9, T. Rainey 6-3, M. Lorenzen 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 7-3, T. Rainey 1-0, M. Lorenzen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 27, W. Peralta 4, T. Rainey, M. Lorenzen 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 100-61, M. Dunn 18-10, A. Ottavino 14-9, W. Davis 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-4, M. Dunn 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, M. Dunn 3, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Cuevas tripled to deep right, Wolters scored45
  • 3RD INNING
    Wolters walked, Parra scored, Story to third, Desmond to second44
    Parra singled to center, Blackmon and Dahl scored, Arenado to third, Parra to second43
    Suarez homered to center, Votto scored41
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado homered to center21
    Schebler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Votto scored, Gennett to third, Suarez out at second20
    Gennett singled to right, Barnhart scored, Votto to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Daniel Castro at second
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to center
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Ottavino relieved Mike Dunn
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Suarez singled to center
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler grounded out to shortstop, Suarez to second
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Peraza flied out to left
    • Adam Duvall hit for Tanner Rainey
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Duvall flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first
    • Carlos Gonzalez hit for Pat Valaika
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Barnhart singled to shallow left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Votto grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Barnhart out at second
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Peralta Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra lined out to center
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Wandy Peralta
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arenado out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Romano: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Romano struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Winker popped out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters walked
    • P. Valaika: Valaika grounded out to second, Wolters to second
    • Noel Cuevas hit for Jon Gray
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas tripled to deep right, Wolters scored
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Sal Romano
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Ball, Foul, Dahl flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schebler walked
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza grounded into fielder's choice to third, Schebler out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Romano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Romano struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton singled to right
    • J. Winker: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked, Hamilton to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Hamilton stole third, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart popped out to second
    • J. Votto: Votto popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to right
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl singled to right, Blackmon to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dahl out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Votto doubled to deep left
    • S. Gennett: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Suarez homered to center, Votto scored
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Schebler grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon doubled to deep right center
    • D. Dahl: Dahl singled to shallow center, Blackmon to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, Dahl to second
    • G. Parra: Parra singled to center, Blackmon and Dahl scored, Arenado to third, Parra to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Story intentionally walked
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado out at home, Parra to third, Story to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked, Parra scored, Story to third, Desmond to second
    • P. Valaika: Valaika lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Romano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Romano struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Story fouled out to right
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters singled to center
    • P. Valaika: Valaika grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Wolters out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart singled to left
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to shallow left center, Barnhart to third
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett singled to right, Barnhart scored, Votto to third
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Suarez hit by pitch, Gennett to second
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Schebler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Votto scored, Gennett to third, Suarez out at second
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon fouled out to third
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Dahl grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to center
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)