Blackmon, Gonzalez HR to power Rockies past Cardinals 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jon Gray is back to competing, and the Colorado Rockies are reaping the rewards.

Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez each went deep, Gray pitched into the eighth inning and the Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Gray (9-7) has won his last four decisions, and the Rockies have won the last five games he's started. That includes three straight victories since a brief demotion to Triple-A to clear the young right-hander's head.

Gray struck out five over 7 1/3 innings, helping Colorado finish the month 17-6. Gray allowed three runs, two earned, with four hits and two walks.

''I'm definitely feeling more competitive than I ever have before which is good,'' Gray said. ''That's one thing I want to feel all the time out there is competitive and ask myself, `How good can you be today?' and just go with that.

''Just making the game fun and playing the small games within a game has been carrying me through.''

Manager Bud Black liked what he saw.

''He probably threw a few more true curveballs tonight than the previous couple outings,'' Black said. ''It was working well. The change of velocity from the curveball to the fastball I think was a great variable for Jon.''

Wade Davis got his 31st save in 35 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He saved a career-high 32 last year with the Cubs.

Colorado went ahead 2-1 on Blackmon's homer in the fifth. Ryan McMahon led off with a 12-pitch walk, and with two outs, Blackmon hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field bleachers. Blackmon's homer extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

The Rockies added two runs in the sixth to chase starter Jack Flaherty (4-6). Gonzalez walked with one out and Trevor Story doubled. Story has team-leading 69 RBIs.

Chasen Shreve, making his first appearance for St. Louis since coming over in a July 28 trade with the Yankees, gave up a double to Gerardo Parra.

Colorado's final two runs came when Gonzalez lined a homer just inside the right field foul pole off John Brebbia. Ian Desmond, who drew a one-out walk, scored ahead of Gonzalez.

Matt Carpenter led off with a home run, sending an 0-2 pitch into the right field seats. It was Carpenter's seventh leadoff home run this season. It was the 22nd of his career, passing Hall of Famer Lou Brock on St. Louis' career list.

''To be in the same sentence with him (Brock) is pretty special,'' Carpenter said.

Carpenter, who hit an MLB-leading 11 homers in July, leads the Cardinals with 26.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the eighth, cutting the lead to 6-3. St. Louis loaded the bases with one out against Gray. Seung Hwan Oh gave up a sacrifice fly to Carpenter, and a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Tom Murphy allowed Dexter Fowler to score.

Flaherty (4-6) pitched 5 1/3 innings. It marked the first time in five starts he pitched into the sixth inning. He allowed four runs, five hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

TRADE WINDS

Cardinals: St. Louis traded outfielder Tommy Pham and international bonus slot allotment to Tampa Bay for outfielder Justin Williams, left-hander Genesis Cabrera and right-hander Roel Ramirez. The 30-year-old Pham has been a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2006. He was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs. St. Louis also acquired minor league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Oscar Mercado.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (middle finger blister) will make another rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Albuquerque. If he does well with no problems, he could return to the big club as either a starter or a reliever. Bettis hasn't pitched in the major league since July 1.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday and had an MRI. President of baseball operations John Moseliak said the team does not believe the injury is season-ending, and Martinez will be able to pitch again. ... 2B Kolton Wong (left knee inflammation) is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but likely will be activated Thursday or Friday. ... St. Louis recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O'Neill and left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Kyle Freeland (9-6, 3.13) will be making his first start in St. Louis and second against the Cardinals. He pitched six innings in taking a loss in a 3-0 defeat to St. Louis on May 27, 2017. The Rockies have won each of his last five starts.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (6-9, 4.70) will make his second career appearance against Colorado. He pitched a career-low two innings in his start in 2016 against the Rockies in an 11-1 loss. In his most recent outing, Weaver pitched six innings and picked up the win in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs.

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  • W: J. Gray (9-7)L: J. Flaherty (4-6)S: W. Davis (31)
  • HR: COL - C. Gonzalez (13), C. Blackmon (21), STL - M. Carpenter (26)
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R. McMahon 2B21000211.217.294.349.6432.5
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    Y. Molina C40000001.283.327.477.8030.0
    P. DeJong SS40000010.245.321.421.741-0.5
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    J. Gyorko 3B40000000.248.324.409.7330.0
    T. O'Neill CF31200010.255.280.468.7482.5
    D. Fowler RF11000200.179.278.300.5783.0
    G. Garcia 2B20000001.236.319.350.6690.0
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    Y. Munoz 2B20100010.292.353.443.7960.5
    • a-struck out for Webb in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Story (29), G. Parra (16)
    • HR - C. Blackmon (21), C. Gonzalez (13)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (49), C. Gonzalez 2 (47), T. Story (69), G. Parra (43)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (17), C. Gonzalez 2 (16)
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Carpenter (26)
    • SF - M. Carpenter (3)
    • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (57)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Desmond-Story-Gray)
    • E - T. Murphy (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Munoz-DeJong-Carpenter)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (W, 9-7)7.14322514.991.3425.5
    S. Oh (H, 15)0.20000002.521.000.0
    W. Davis (S, 31)1.00000104.201.1310.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (W, 9-7)7.1
    S. Oh (H, 15)0.2
    W. Davis (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)5.15442713.491.132.5
    C. Shreve1.01001204.151.512.0
    J. Brebbia0.22221114.141.30-4.5
    T. Webb1.00000107.881.503.5
    M. Mayers1.01000003.581.142.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)5.1
    C. Shreve1.0
    J. Brebbia0.2
    T. Webb1.0
    M. Mayers1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Oh (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 92-64, S. Oh 5-4, W. Davis 6-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-9, S. Oh 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, S. Oh 2, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 105-63, C. Shreve 24-15, J. Brebbia 18-10, T. Webb 12-9, M. Mayers 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 3-6, T. Webb 1-1, M. Mayers 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, C. Shreve 5, J. Brebbia 5, T. Webb 3, M. Mayers 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    I. Desmond 1B41100110.240.314.456.7702.5
    N. Arenado 3B50100022.306.390.594.9840.0
    C. Gonzalez RF32221110.290.339.502.8409.5
    T. Story SS41210002.291.353.539.8925.0
    G. Parra LF40210003.288.339.391.7304.0
    R. McMahon 2B21000211.217.294.349.6432.5
    T. Murphy C40000023.250.268.438.706-1.0
    J. Gray P40000033.086.135.114.249-1.5
    S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter 1B31121010.278.385.575.9606.5
      Y. Molina C40000001.283.327.477.8030.0
      P. DeJong SS40000010.245.321.421.741-0.5
      M. Ozuna LF40000010.266.309.392.702-0.5
      J. Gyorko 3B40000000.248.324.409.7330.0
      T. O'Neill CF31200010.255.280.468.7482.5
      D. Fowler RF11000200.179.278.300.5783.0
      G. Garcia 2B20000001.236.319.350.6690.0
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      a- J. Martinez PH10000012.293.357.458.815-0.5
      M. Mayers P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
      J. Flaherty P10000000.138.167.138.3050.0
      Y. Munoz 2B20100010.292.353.443.7960.5
      Total293421264-----
      • a-struck out for Webb in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Story (29), G. Parra (16)
      • HR - C. Blackmon (21), C. Gonzalez (13)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (49), C. Gonzalez 2 (47), T. Story (69), G. Parra (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (17), C. Gonzalez 2 (16)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Carpenter (26)
      • SF - M. Carpenter (3)
      • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (57)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Desmond-Story-Gray)
      • E - T. Murphy (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Munoz-DeJong-Carpenter)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (W, 9-7)7.14322514.991.3425.5
      S. Oh (H, 15)0.20000002.521.000.0
      W. Davis (S, 31)1.00000104.201.1310.5
      Total9.0432261---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (W, 9-7)7.1
      S. Oh (H, 15)0.2
      W. Davis (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)5.15442713.491.132.5
      C. Shreve1.01001204.151.512.0
      J. Brebbia0.22221114.141.30-4.5
      T. Webb1.00000107.881.503.5
      M. Mayers1.01000003.581.142.0
      Total9.09664112---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)5.1
      C. Shreve1.0
      J. Brebbia0.2
      T. Webb1.0
      M. Mayers1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Oh (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 92-64, S. Oh 5-4, W. Davis 6-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-9, S. Oh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, S. Oh 2, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 105-63, C. Shreve 24-15, J. Brebbia 18-10, T. Webb 12-9, M. Mayers 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 3-6, T. Webb 1-1, M. Mayers 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, C. Shreve 5, J. Brebbia 5, T. Webb 3, M. Mayers 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Fowler scored, Munoz to second on wild pitch63
        Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to left, O'Neill scored62
      • 7TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right, Desmond scored61
      • 6TH INNING
        Parra doubled to left, Story scored41
        Story doubled to left center, Gonzalez scored31
      • 5TH INNING
        Blackmon homered to right center, McMahon scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Carpenter homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mike Mayers pitching
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond reached on an infield single to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Desmond out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong flied out to deep right
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko flied out to right
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Webb relieved John Brebbia
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, McMahon grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy fouled out to catcher
        • J. Gray: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill singled to left center
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked, O'Neill to second
        • Jose Martinez hit for Tyler Webb
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Y. Munoz: Foul, Munoz singled to left, O'Neill to third, Fowler to second
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Jon Gray
        • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to left, O'Neill scored
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Fowler scored, Munoz to second on wild pitch, Molina grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Shreve Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
        • John Brebbia relieved Chasen Shreve
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
        • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gonzalez homered to right, Desmond scored
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Story singled to left
        • G. Parra: Parra flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna flied out to deep right
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • T. Story: Story doubled to left center, Gonzalez scored
        • Yairo Munoz at second base
        • Chasen Shreve pitching
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Parra doubled to left, Story scored
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McMahon walked
        • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
        • J. Gray: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter lined out to second
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McMahon walked
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Murphy flied out to left
        • J. Gray: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Blackmon homered to right center, McMahon scored
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko flied out to deep right
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, O'Neill reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked, O'Neill to second
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Fowler out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond fouled out to right
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to deep right, Arenado to third
        • T. Story: Ball, Story popped out to catcher
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina flied out to center
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, DeJong fouled out to first
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gray grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia lined out to first
        • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Story fouled out to catcher
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to center
        • R. McMahon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon flied out to left
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter homered to right
        • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina flied out to left
        • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to deep right
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)