Gray strikes out 12 in Rockies' 11-3 win over Marlins

DENVER (AP) No sooner did Jon Gray get into trouble in the first inning than he got out of it. It was a pattern he would emulate throughout the night.

Combining power pitching with sleight of hand, Gray struck out 12 in seven dominant innings, Nolan Arenado homered in Colorado's six-run fourth, and the Rockies won their fourth in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 11-3 on Friday night.

After fanning the first batter he faced, Gray gave up a single to Brian Anderson and a double to J.T. Realmuto - but he came back to strand both.

''I think you saw in that first inning where two runners got on, Jon gets out of it with no problem,'' Rockies catcher Tom Murphy said. ''That was huge for Jon. It kind of set the tone for him and made him realize nothing was going to stop him tonight.''

It was Gray's 12th career 10-plus strikeout game and the fourth this season. He had at least two strikeouts in five of his innings, including striking out the side in the sixth. Gray (7-7) walked none and withstood a solo homer in the third by Derek Dietrich, who drove a 2-0 pitch the opposite way into the left-field bleachers.

''We attacked early with fastballs,'' Gray said. ''We threw strikes early in the count and kind of forced swings. I think that was key.''

Gray also mixed in a devastating slider to keep the Marlins' hitters guessing, changing his grip on occasion to vary the ball's movement.

''Obviously, we didn't get a whole lot going,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''A couple of the guys swung the bat OK. I thought we really got away from what we wanted to do tonight. A lot of chases.''

Arenado had three hits, including his team-leading 17th homer, a two-run drive. Murphy had two doubles among his three hits and two RBIs.

The Rockies have scored at least 10 runs in three of their four wins. Even Gray pitched in with a run-scoring sacrifice in the fourth in which he reached when a sliding Carlos Gonzalez beat the throw home from first baseman Justin Bour.

Wei-Yin Chen (2-4) matched Gray through three innings, but then ran into trouble in the fourth - some of it not of his own doing. Second baseman Starlin Castro bobbled the ball after getting a relay throw, allowing Ian Desmond to score from third with the first of the Rockies' six runs in the inning. A wild pitch by Chen helped set up Noel Cuevas' score on D.J. LeMahieu's sacrifice fly. Blackmon singled ahead of Arenado's home run, which he sent deep into the left-field bleachers.

Chen allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings.

Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra, batting for Gray in the bottom of the seventh, doubled off the right-field wall to drive in a pair of runs. Murphy's RBI double in the second pushed across the Rockies' first run.

IF THE SHOE FITS

Gray opted to wear white cleats on Friday, the same type he wore when he pitched his career-best 16-strikeout complete game against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 17, 2016. ''The last time I was in white shoes, I had the best game of my life. I don't know why I ever stopped wearing them,'' Gray said with a laugh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a right shoulder impingement. RHP Nick Wittgren filled the roster vacancy when he was reinstated from the 10-day DL. Wittgren had been sidelined by a right middle finger contusion.

Rockies: RHP Scott Oberg (back strain) and LHP Mike Dunn (upper back strain), who are both on the 10-day DL, are slated to begin their respective rehab assignments. The two are scheduled to pitch an inning apiece Saturday for Triple-A Albuquerque at Fresno and then each work another inning Monday for high Class A Lancaster at Modesto.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (1-4, 5.45 ERA) has gone 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA since his recall for his second stint with Miami this season.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (4-2) will be looking to bounce back from a loss in his last outing, when he gave up three runs in a 12-2 loss earlier this week to the New York Mets.

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  • W: J. Gray (7-7)L: W. Chen (2-4)
  • HR: MIA - D. Dietrich (9), COL - N. Arenado (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Anderson RF50100002.298.374.422.7961.0
J. Realmuto C51300001.304.360.535.8956.0
J. Bour 1B30000135.237.367.429.796-0.5
S. Castro 2B41100014.272.318.374.6921.5
J. Riddle SS40010022.218.247.385.6320.0
M. Rojas 3B40200021.248.311.358.6691.0
L. Brinson CF40000033.179.223.329.552-1.5
W. Chen P10000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- Y. Rivera PH10000000.188.329.217.5470.0
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b- J. Shuck PH10000000.195.254.239.4930.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Maybin PH10000010.234.312.311.624-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Chen in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Guerrero in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Graves in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B30010101.282.329.445.7752.0
C. Blackmon CF51210002.283.363.490.8535.0
Y. Almonte P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Arenado 3B41321110.323.410.5981.0079.5
T. Story SS51100014.265.334.522.8572.5
I. Desmond 1B42200111.217.297.430.7274.5
T. Murphy C51320021.344.364.469.8327.0
C. Gonzalez RF42200122.276.332.453.7855.0
N. Cuevas LF-CF42100005.276.304.357.6613.0
J. Gray P21010011.125.192.167.3591.5
a- G. Parra PH-LF10130000.303.343.403.7465.0
  • a-doubled for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (15), J. Realmuto 2 (17)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (9)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich (26), J. Riddle (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (9), T. Story (19), T. Murphy 2 (4), C. Gonzalez (9), G. Parra (13)
  • HR - N. Arenado (17)
  • SF - D. LeMahieu (3)
  • SH - J. Gray (4)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (25), C. Blackmon (35), N. Arenado 2 (53), T. Murphy 2 (6), J. Gray, G. Parra 3 (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (13), N. Arenado 2 (16), T. Murphy (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bour-Riddle-Chen)
  • E - S. Castro (7)
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-4)4.09771316.701.69-8.5
N. Wittgren1.01000202.891.393.0
T. Guerrero1.01001105.031.681.5
E. Hernandez1.02332005.121.55-4.0
B. Graves1.02110206.751.501.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 2-4)4.0
N. Wittgren1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
B. Graves1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 7-7)7.081101215.521.4528.0
Y. Almonte1.01201100.001.001.5
B. Pounders1.01000107.631.762.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 7-7)7.0
Y. Almonte1.0
B. Pounders1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Chen (2)
  • IBB - E. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 74-49, N. Wittgren 20-15, T. Guerrero 15-10, E. Hernandez 17-12, B. Graves 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-6, T. Guerrero 1-1, E. Hernandez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, N. Wittgren 4, T. Guerrero 5, E. Hernandez 7, B. Graves 5
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Almonte
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 99-69, Y. Almonte 19-9, B. Pounders 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-3, Y. Almonte 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 29, Y. Almonte 6, B. Pounders 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Anderson RF50100002.298.374.422.7961.0
J. Realmuto C51300001.304.360.535.8956.0
J. Bour 1B30000135.237.367.429.796-0.5
S. Castro 2B41100014.272.318.374.6921.5
J. Riddle SS40010022.218.247.385.6320.0
M. Rojas 3B40200021.248.311.358.6691.0
L. Brinson CF40000033.179.223.329.552-1.5
W. Chen P10000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- Y. Rivera PH10000000.188.329.217.5470.0
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Chen in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Guerrero in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Graves in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B30010101.282.329.445.7752.0
C. Blackmon CF51210002.283.363.490.8535.0
Y. Almonte P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Arenado 3B41321110.323.410.5981.0079.5
T. Story SS51100014.265.334.522.8572.5
I. Desmond 1B42200111.217.297.430.7274.5
T. Murphy C51320021.344.364.469.8327.0
C. Gonzalez RF42200122.276.332.453.7855.0
N. Cuevas LF-CF42100005.276.304.357.6613.0
J. Gray P21010011.125.192.167.3591.5
a- G. Parra PH-LF10130000.303.343.403.7465.0
Total3711151014817-----
  • a-doubled for Gray in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (15), J. Realmuto 2 (17)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (9)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich (26), J. Riddle (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (9), T. Story (19), T. Murphy 2 (4), C. Gonzalez (9), G. Parra (13)
  • HR - N. Arenado (17)
  • SF - D. LeMahieu (3)
  • SH - J. Gray (4)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (25), C. Blackmon (35), N. Arenado 2 (53), T. Murphy 2 (6), J. Gray, G. Parra 3 (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (13), N. Arenado 2 (16), T. Murphy (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bour-Riddle-Chen)
  • E - S. Castro (7)
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-4)4.09771316.701.69-8.5
N. Wittgren1.01000202.891.393.0
T. Guerrero1.01001105.031.681.5
E. Hernandez1.02332005.121.55-4.0
B. Graves1.02110206.751.501.0
Total8.0151111481---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 2-4)4.0
N. Wittgren1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
B. Graves1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 7-7)7.081101215.521.4528.0
Y. Almonte1.01201100.001.001.5
B. Pounders1.01000107.631.762.5
Total9.010311141---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 7-7)7.0
Y. Almonte1.0
B. Pounders1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Chen (2)
  • IBB - E. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 74-49, N. Wittgren 20-15, T. Guerrero 15-10, E. Hernandez 17-12, B. Graves 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-6, T. Guerrero 1-1, E. Hernandez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, N. Wittgren 4, T. Guerrero 5, E. Hernandez 7, B. Graves 5
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Almonte
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 99-69, Y. Almonte 19-9, B. Pounders 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 6-3, Y. Almonte 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 29, Y. Almonte 6, B. Pounders 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Murphy singled to center, Story scored311
    Castro scored, Rojas to third on wild pitch310
    Riddle grounded out to first, Realmuto scored, Castro to second210
  • 7TH INNING
    Parra doubled to deep right, Murphy, Gonzalez and Cuevas scored110
  • 4TH INNING
    Arenado homered to left center, Blackmon scored17
    Blackmon singled to left center, Gray scored15
    LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to center, Cuevas scored14
    Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gonzalez scored, Cuevas to second13
    Gonzalez doubled to left, Desmond scored on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error12
  • 3RD INNING
    Dietrich homered to left11
  • 2ND INNING
    Murphy doubled to deep left, Desmond scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brooks Pounders relieved Yency Almonte
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Brett Graves
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich doubled to deep right
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson lined out to right, Dietrich to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Realmuto fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yency Almonte pitching
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Realmuto safe at first on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bour walked, Realmuto to second
    • S. Castro: Castro reached on fielder's choice to second, Realmuto to third, Bour out at second
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle grounded out to first, Realmuto scored, Castro to second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas singled to center, Castro to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro scored, Rojas to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Graves relieved Elieser Hernandez
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story doubled to deep left
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond flied out to deep right
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to center, Story scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Tayron Guerrero
    • J. Shuck: Shuck grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich flied out to left
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond walked
    • T. Murphy: Murphy doubled to left center, Desmond to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez intentionally walked
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Foul, Cuevas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Desmond out at home, Murphy to third, Gonzalez to second
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Jon Gray
    • G. Parra: Parra doubled to deep right, Murphy, Gonzalez and Cuevas scored
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to deep left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to shallow left
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Wittgren
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu popped out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon doubled to deep right
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Story grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • Y. Rivera: Rivera grounded out to first
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dietrich singled to center
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dietrich out at second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Realmuto singled to center, Anderson to second
    • J. Bour: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Wittgren pitching
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • N. Cuevas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cuevas flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Riddle lined out to left
    • M. Rojas: Rojas singled to right
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond singled to center
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez doubled to left, Desmond scored on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas singled to shallow center, Gonzalez to third
    • J. Gray: Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gonzalez scored, Cuevas to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Cuevas to third, Gray to second on wild pitch, LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to center, Cuevas scored
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to left center, Gray scored
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Arenado homered to left center, Blackmon scored
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • W. Chen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chen struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Dietrich homered to left
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Realmuto doubled to deep center
    • J. Bour: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bour struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado singled to left center
    • T. Story: Ball, Story lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Brinson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Desmond singled to right center
    • T. Murphy: Foul, Murphy doubled to deep left, Desmond scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas lined out to center
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Gray lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Foul, Anderson singled to center
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto doubled to left center, Anderson to third
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castro lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, LeMahieu out at second
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado singled to left
    • T. Story: Story popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)