LeMahieu homers, Gray stifles Padres in Rockies' 4-2 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) There were two pitches the Rockies' Jon Gray wished he had back against the Padres. But with Colorado breaking out of its offensive malaise, it didn't matter.

D.J. LeMahieu homered and Gray pitched six solid innings as the Rockies beat San Diego 4-2 to snap the Padres' season-high four-game winning streak Saturday night.

The Rockies broke a 21-inning scoreless string with a three-run fourth when they strung together four straight hits, the biggest one being LeMahieu's 13th homer.

''We played a clean game,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''And we did some good things.''

Gray (11-7) allowed two runs and seven hits as the Rockies won for the 10th time in his last 11 starts. The right-hander hung two pitches that Hunter Renfroe hit for homers but otherwise he kept the Padres at bay while walking one with a strikeout.

He had a lively fastball against the Padres while his slider didn't display the required bite.

''I feel we had a really good command of (the fastball) downstairs,'' Gray said. ''When the spin isn't really working that great, I felt like I knew what I was doing tonight. I was locating fastball where they need to be and we were getting outs.''

Adam Ottavino and Scott Oberg worked an inning each and Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 37th save, thanks to a nice play by LeMahieu on Austin Hedges' grounder headed toward the outfield.

It was LeMahieu's defensive work, more so than his homer, which Black highlighted.

''His home run got us off the schneid, but how about that play in the ninth?'' Black asked. ''The complete game that certain guys play that help you win, sometimes is undervalued. When you win games it takes a lot of little things to happen. It's not just about statistics, it's just not about analytics. It's about playing the game the proper way to win the game that night and D.J. does a lot of those things.''

Robbie Erlin (3-5) lasted 5 1/3 innings, charged with four runs, seven hits and one walk. The left-hander struck out seven in absorbing his second straight loss.

''He was solid,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''(But) you're not going to hold a team that's god a really good offense scoreless day after day after day.''

After Phil Matton came on with two runners aboard in the sixth, the Rockies extended their lead to 4-2. Ian Desmond greeted Matton with a broken-bat flare to center, which brought in Trevor Story after he opened the inning with a single. Matton avoided further trouble when Tony Wolters hit into a double play.

Renfroe, who led the National League with 27 RBIs in August, extended his career-high, nine-game hitting streak with a homer in the second to push the Padres ahead 1-0. Gray tried to sneak a 84 changeup past Renfroe and he went deep for the third time since Aug. 23.

The Rockies finally scored against the Padres in the fourth after being blanked over the first 19 innings of the series. LeMahieu homered to tie the score at 1-1, and it was also Colorado's first extra-base hit in 28 innings.

Nolan Arendado then ended an 0-for-19 hitless rut, which tied a career-high, with the first of his two singles and that was followed by Story's run-scoring double. The Rockies extended their cushion to 3-1 when Matt Holliday chased in Story with a single.

Renfroe struck again in the fourth with his second home run and 19th on the year which sliced the Padres' deficit to 3-2.

''I had my two-strike approach and I was just trying to see the ball and put the barrel on it,'' Renfroe said.

The Rockies, who had four batters with two hits, won for the second time in six games.

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IT'S BEETLES, NOT BEATLES

Less than a month from the Eagles appearing in a concert at Petco Park, the venue had a visit from the beetles. The Padres gave out straw beach hats as a promotional item but inside many of the lids were grain beetles. Some hats were confiscated and the giveaway was abruptly cancelled, with patrons receiving vouchers to be used at a later date.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (12-7, 2.90), who was 3-1 in August, makes his eighth appearance and sixth start against the Padres. He's gone 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA in those outings, which includes an 0-1 mark at Petco Park. Freeland has split his 10 road decisions this year in 15 starts.

Padres: RHP Jacob Nix (2-2, 4.05) will make his fifth career start and his second against the Rockies. In his last time out against the Mariners he threw 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball with no walks. Batters are hitting but .077 off his changeup.

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  • W: J. Gray (11-7)L: R. Erlin (3-5)S: W. Davis (37)
  • HR: COL - D. LeMahieu (13), SD - H. Renfroe 2 (19)
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C. Gonzalez RF40000036.287.342.481.823-1.5
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T. Wolters C30000003.167.275.290.5650.0
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  • a-popped out for Wolters in the 8th
  • b-fouled out for Gray in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF40000002.260.334.337.6710.0
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W. Myers 3B40100010.259.315.470.7851.5
E. Hosmer 1B40100011.253.315.391.7060.5
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F. Reyes RF40100011.254.310.514.8250.5
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R. Erlin P20000013.222.263.222.485-0.5
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R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Stock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Maton in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (28), T. Story (37)
  • HR - D. LeMahieu (13)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (47), T. Story (86), M. Holliday (2), I. Desmond (77)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, I. Desmond, T. Wolters, D. Dahl 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers (17), A. Hedges (11)
  • HR - H. Renfroe 2 (19)
  • RBI - H. Renfroe 2 (56)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Jankowski 2 (2), E. Hosmer, F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Erlin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Urias-Galvis-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 11-7)6.07221124.701.2718.5
S. Oberg (H, 10)1.00000002.701.113.0
A. Ottavino (H, 29)1.00000202.050.984.0
W. Davis (S, 37)1.00000104.721.1410.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 11-7)6.0
S. Oberg (H, 10)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 29)1.0
W. Davis (S, 37)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin (L, 3-5)5.17441713.871.091.5
P. Maton1.21000103.951.452.5
R. Wick1.02001100.001.500.5
R. Stock1.00000002.151.193.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin (L, 3-5)5.1
P. Maton1.2
R. Wick1.0
R. Stock1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 88-56, S. Oberg 13-10, A. Ottavino 14-9, W. Davis 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 10-7, S. Oberg 3-0, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oberg 3, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 85-54, P. Maton 14-10, R. Wick 25-18, R. Stock 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 4-5, P. Maton 1-2, R. Stock 3-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 24, P. Maton 5, R. Wick 6, R. Stock 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Arenado 3B41200001.302.384.560.9444.0
T. Story SS42210021.292.349.535.8845.0
M. Holliday LF20210200.412.524.5881.1125.0
G. Parra PR-LF00000000.279.331.369.6990.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000036.287.342.481.823-1.5
I. Desmond 1B40210002.230.297.430.7273.0
T. Wolters C30000003.167.275.290.5650.0
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A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gray P20000020.065.104.087.191-1.0
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  • a-popped out for Wolters in the 8th
  • b-fouled out for Gray in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF40000002.260.334.337.6710.0
L. Urias 2B40000000.211.318.421.7390.0
W. Myers 3B40100010.259.315.470.7851.5
E. Hosmer 1B40100011.253.315.391.7060.5
H. Renfroe LF42222001.259.312.518.83012.0
F. Reyes RF40100011.254.310.514.8250.5
A. Hedges C30100101.239.292.425.7173.0
F. Galvis SS40100003.239.293.366.6591.0
R. Erlin P20000013.222.263.222.485-0.5
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Spangenberg PH10000000.237.292.381.6740.0
R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Stock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Maton in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (28), T. Story (37)
  • HR - D. LeMahieu (13)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (47), T. Story (86), M. Holliday (2), I. Desmond (77)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, I. Desmond, T. Wolters, D. Dahl 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers (17), A. Hedges (11)
  • HR - H. Renfroe 2 (19)
  • RBI - H. Renfroe 2 (56)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Jankowski 2 (2), E. Hosmer, F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Erlin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Urias-Galvis-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 11-7)6.07221124.701.2718.5
S. Oberg (H, 10)1.00000002.701.113.0
A. Ottavino (H, 29)1.00000202.050.984.0
W. Davis (S, 37)1.00000104.721.1410.5
Total9.0722142---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 11-7)6.0
S. Oberg (H, 10)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 29)1.0
W. Davis (S, 37)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin (L, 3-5)5.17441713.871.091.5
P. Maton1.21000103.951.452.5
R. Wick1.02001100.001.500.5
R. Stock1.00000002.151.193.0
Total9.01044291---
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin (L, 3-5)5.1
P. Maton1.2
R. Wick1.0
R. Stock1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 88-56, S. Oberg 13-10, A. Ottavino 14-9, W. Davis 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 10-7, S. Oberg 3-0, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oberg 3, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 85-54, P. Maton 14-10, R. Wick 25-18, R. Stock 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 4-5, P. Maton 1-2, R. Stock 3-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 24, P. Maton 5, R. Wick 6, R. Stock 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Desmond singled to center, Story scored, Holliday to second42
  • 4TH INNING
    Renfroe homered to center32
    Holliday singled to left, Story scored31
    Story doubled to deep right center, Arenado scored, Story to third21
    LeMahieu homered to left center11
  • 2ND INNING
    Renfroe homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Robert Stock relieved Rowan Wick
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hedges grounded out to second
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Rowan Wick pitching
    • N. Arenado: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Arenado doubled to right
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holliday walked
    • Gerardo Parra ran for Matt Holliday
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond reached on an infield single to second, Arenado to third, Parra to second
    • David Dahl hit for Tony Wolters
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Dahl popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • Chris Iannetta catching
    • W. Myers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Renfroe flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Jon Gray
    • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon fouled out to third
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Phil Maton
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded out to first
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jankowski grounded out to second
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Urias grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story singled to center
    • M. Holliday: Holliday singled to right, Story to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • Phil Maton relieved Robbie Erlin
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond singled to center, Story scored, Holliday to second
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to shortstop, Desmond out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer singled to center
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe grounded out to third, Hosmer to second
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Reyes flied out to center
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hedges walked
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon singled to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon stole second, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Jankowski flied out to left
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Urias grounded out to second
    • W. Myers: Myers flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu homered to left center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado singled to center
    • T. Story: Story doubled to deep right center, Arenado scored, Story to third
    • M. Holliday: Holliday singled to left, Story scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond flied out to center
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Renfroe homered to center
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes fouled out to catcher
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Hedges doubled to left center
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to pitcher, Hedges to third
    • R. Erlin: Strike looking, Ball, Erlin grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded out to second
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Urias grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Myers grounded out to third
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holliday walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Renfroe homered to center
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reyes singled to left center
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hedges flied out to left
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis singled to center, Reyes to second
    • R. Erlin: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Erlin struck out swinging
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Jankowski popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon lined out to center
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado popped out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Jankowski grounded out to second
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Urias grounded out to first
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Myers doubled to shallow right
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hosmer flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)