Blackmon's homer in 9th gives Rockies 3-2 win over Astros

DENVER (AP) Charlie Blackmon didn't have to wait long for a shot at redemption.

The night after Blackmon made a costly error in center field, he hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies held the World Series champion Houston Astros to one hit at Coors Field in a 3-2 victory Wednesday.

Jon Gray pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for Colorado.

Blackmon, whose fielding error in the 10th opened the door to a big inning in Houston's 8-2 win on Tuesday, drove a 3-1 pitch from Collin McHugh (5-1) into the Astros' bullpen for his 20th home run of the season and second career game-ending hit.

''That's the beauty of baseball,'' Blackmon said. ''You can stink, which is OK as long as you don't let that make you stink the next time or the next time after that. That's what makes baseball great. It's a long season and it gives you another chance.''

It was a dramatic finish to a wild game in which the Astros had a triple wiped out after a replay review because of fan interference, and the Rockies scored the tying run on a foul popup.

AL MVP Jose Altuve ended up with Houston's only hit - an RBI double - before leaving with discomfort in his right knee.

''Been bothering him a little bit for a few games now,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Nothing's wrong with it. He could've played through it. He fought to stay in the game, but we felt it was best to take him out and give him a little bit of a blow just given that he was limping.''

Wade Davis (1-3) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Leading off the sixth, Alex Bregman cruised into third with an apparent triple off the wall that eluded the leap of Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra.

Rockies manager Bud Black challenged for fan interference, and Bregman was ruled out after replays showed a spectator clad in an orange Astros jersey extended his glove over the railing enough for the ball to glance off it, changing its trajectory slightly at the moment Parra was reaching up to attempt the catch. The fan was escorted out of the ballpark by security.

After the game, Bregman disagreed heatedly with the decision, saying it changed the game.

''There is no possible way you can say the left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make the catch,'' Bregman said. ''We're up 2-1 at the time. I'm at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in and it's 3-1. It's horrible.''

Parra, however, said he had a bead on the ball and was stunned when it changed direction at the last moment.

''It almost hit me in the face,'' he said. ''I thought, `What happened? At the last second the ball moved.' I never saw the fan touch the ball until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball.''

Colorado tied it 2-all thanks to heads-up baserunning by Raimel Tapia, who tagged up and scored from third when third baseman J.D. Davis sprinted toward the Houston dugout and tumbled over the railing as he caught Nolan Arenado's foul pop. Davis' teammate, Evan Gattis, broke his fall and helped push him back over the railing and onto the field, but Davis' hurried throw home was off target as Tapia slid into the plate.

''It was just smart baserunning by Tapia and a simple wide throw by me,'' Davis said.

Colorado grabbed an early lead when Gonzalez led off the second with a home run, his 12th of the season.

The Astros answered in the fourth to go in front 2-1. Bregman walked ahead of Altuve's run-scoring double. Altuve went to third and Yuli Gurriel reached on first baseman Ian Desmond's fielding error before Altuve came home with the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's groundout.

Both starters pitched well but did not figure in the decision.

Gray allowed one hit and two runs - one earned. Charlie Morton gave up one run on four hits in six innings for Houston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Altuve left in the bottom of the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by J.D. Davis.

Rockies: Chad Bettis threw a light bullpen. He's expected to make a second rehab start this weekend for Triple-A Albuquerque. The first was last Saturday. He threw 70 pitches in four innings but had to stop when a blister on his right middle finger bothered him.

UP NEXT

Astros: After an off day, LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.60 ERA) starts Friday night at home against Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-1, 5.56). Keuchel is 5-0 in his last seven starts.

Rockies: Open a three-game interleague series Friday night against Oakland. LHP Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.28 ERA) faces LHP Sean Manaea (9-6, 3.38). Colorado has won each of Freeland's last four starts.

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  • W: W. Davis (1-3)L: C. McHugh (5-1)
  • HR: COL - C. Gonzalez (12), C. Blackmon (20)
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M. Gonzalez SS-2B30010010.235.314.360.6740.5
K. Tucker LF20000112.154.233.231.463-0.5
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M. Stassi C30000010.246.330.434.764-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF21111200.288.360.501.8629.0
    I. Desmond 1B40200002.241.310.466.7762.0
    N. Arenado 3B40010002.306.388.584.9731.0
    C. Gonzalez RF41111022.277.326.478.8045.0
    T. Story SS30100110.291.355.545.9000.5
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    G. Hampson 2B30100112.250.400.500.9003.5
    T. Murphy C40200021.286.308.444.7522.0
    J. Gray P20000011.097.152.129.281-0.5
    a- R. Tapia PH11000001.222.300.500.8001.0
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    b- N. Cuevas PH10000000.246.285.338.6230.0
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    • b-grounded out for Davis in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (24)
    • RBI - J. Altuve (46), M. Gonzalez (38)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Murphy (7)
    • 3B - G. Hampson
    • HR - C. Blackmon (20), C. Gonzalez (12)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon (47), N. Arenado (73), C. Gonzalez (45)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - K. Tucker
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Story (5)
    • Picked Off - G. Hampson
    FIELDING
    • E - I. Desmond (4), T. Murphy (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton6.04114512.891.1614.5
    J. Smith0.01110004.230.98-2.0
    T. Sipp (H, 3)0.10001001.821.01-1.0
    C. McHugh (L, 5-1) (BS, 1)2.03110411.090.72-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton6.0
    J. Smith0.0
    T. Sipp (H, 3)0.1
    C. McHugh (L, 5-1) (BS, 1)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray7.01212605.161.3723.0
    A. Ottavino1.00000201.490.914.0
    W. Davis (W, 1-3)1.00001204.501.2110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray7.0
    A. Ottavino1.0
    W. Davis (W, 1-3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Morton (2)
    • HBP - C. Morton (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 102-58, J. Smith 3-2, T. Sipp 7-3, C. McHugh 34-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-3, T. Sipp 1-0, C. McHugh 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, J. Smith, T. Sipp 2, C. McHugh 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 97-58, A. Ottavino 9-7, W. Davis 23-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-4, A. Ottavino 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer CF40000020.249.336.426.761-1.0
    A. Bregman 3B-SS31000110.282.386.533.9201.5
    J. Altuve 2B21110000.329.392.464.8574.0
    J. Davis 3B20000000.192.300.250.5500.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B30000100.296.327.422.7491.0
    J. Reddick RF30000021.258.329.417.745-1.0
    M. Gonzalez SS-2B30010010.235.314.360.6740.5
    K. Tucker LF20000112.154.233.231.463-0.5
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    M. Stassi C30000010.246.330.434.764-0.5
    C. Morton P20000020.250.250.250.500-1.0
    J. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    T. Kemp LF10000000.297.393.422.8150.0
    Total2821203103-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF21111200.288.360.501.8629.0
      I. Desmond 1B40200002.241.310.466.7762.0
      N. Arenado 3B40010002.306.388.584.9731.0
      C. Gonzalez RF41111022.277.326.478.8045.0
      T. Story SS30100110.291.355.545.9000.5
      G. Parra LF30000121.287.339.391.7300.0
      G. Hampson 2B30100112.250.400.500.9003.5
      T. Murphy C40200021.286.308.444.7522.0
      J. Gray P20000011.097.152.129.281-0.5
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      b- N. Cuevas PH10000000.246.285.338.6230.0
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      • a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Gray in the 7th
      • b-grounded out for Davis in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (24)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (46), M. Gonzalez (38)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Murphy (7)
      • 3B - G. Hampson
      • HR - C. Blackmon (20), C. Gonzalez (12)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (47), N. Arenado (73), C. Gonzalez (45)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Tucker
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Story (5)
      • Picked Off - G. Hampson
      FIELDING
      • E - I. Desmond (4), T. Murphy (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton6.04114512.891.1614.5
      J. Smith0.01110004.230.98-2.0
      T. Sipp (H, 3)0.10001001.821.01-1.0
      C. McHugh (L, 5-1) (BS, 1)2.03110411.090.72-1.0
      Total8.1833592---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton6.0
      J. Smith0.0
      T. Sipp (H, 3)0.1
      C. McHugh (L, 5-1) (BS, 1)2.0
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray7.01212605.161.3723.0
      A. Ottavino1.00000201.490.914.0
      W. Davis (W, 1-3)1.00001204.501.2110.0
      Total9.01213100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray7.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      W. Davis (W, 1-3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Morton (2)
      • HBP - C. Morton (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 102-58, J. Smith 3-2, T. Sipp 7-3, C. McHugh 34-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-3, T. Sipp 1-0, C. McHugh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, J. Smith, T. Sipp 2, C. McHugh 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 97-58, A. Ottavino 9-7, W. Davis 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 11-4, A. Ottavino 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Blackmon homered to right center23
      • 7TH INNING
        Arenado fouled out to third, Tapia scored, Blackmon to third, Desmond to second22
      • 4TH INNING
        Gonzalez grounded out to first, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second21
        Altuve doubled to right center, Bregman scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Noel Cuevas hit for Wade Davis
        • N. Cuevas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cuevas grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon homered to right center
      • 8TH INNING
        • Adam Ottavino pitching
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • G. Hampson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Hampson tripled to deep center
        • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • K. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tucker walked
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Tucker caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Smith relieved Charlie Morton
        • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Ball, Murphy singled to shallow right
        • Raimel Tapia hit for Jon Gray
        • Tony Sipp relieved Joe Smith
        • R. Tapia: Tapia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Murphy out at second
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon walked, Tapia to second
        • Tony Kemp in left field
        • Collin McHugh pitching
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Desmond singled to shallow right center, Tapia to third, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado fouled out to third, Tapia scored, Blackmon to third, Desmond to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep left
        • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Parra walked, Story to second
        • G. Hampson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Story to third, Parra to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Morton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Morton struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J.D. Davis at third base
        • G. Hampson: Hampson grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy doubled to left
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Gray grounded out to second, Murphy to third
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond grounded into fielder's choice to second, Blackmon out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altuve doubled to right center, Bregman scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel safe at first on 1st baseman Desmond fielding error, Altuve to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick reached on catcher's interference, Gurriel to second on catcher Murphy fielding error
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second
        • K. Tucker: Strike swinging, Tucker grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • T. Story: Ball, Story lined out to shortstop
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi grounded out to second
        • C. Morton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon hit by pitch
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond reached on an infield single to second, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to right center
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story singled to shallow right center
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • G. Hampson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hampson walked
        • T. Murphy: Hampson picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Springer lined out to first
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to third
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond lined out to right
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)