Gray's strong outing carries Rockies over Blue Jays 4-2

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies offense has carried the team the last week. Jon Gray showed pitching can win games, too.

Gray struck out seven before the start of a blister ended his night in the seventh inning, Nolan Arenado singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs as the Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Saturday night.

Gray allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and didn't allow a run for the second time this season. He pitched six scoreless innings in a win over Philadelphia on April 21. He said Saturday was his best start of the season.

''I felt like I was in control from start to finish tonight,'' he said.

David Dahl had three hits as the Rockies won their seventh straight and improve to 8-1 on their homestand. Scott Oberg got the final out for his second save.

Gray's scoreless outing overshadowed a strong start by Toronto's Marcus Stroman (3-7). The right-hander settled down after a rough first, giving up four runs, three earned, in seven innings.

Stroman was able to keep an offense in check that had 18 hits in Friday's win over Toronto.

''I pitched seven innings against one of the best lineups in baseball, and I didn't see a single barreled ball to the outfield all game in seven innings,'' he said. ''All weak contact, all ground balls. Seven hits, six of them were ground balls. That's unbelievably hard to do against that lineup.''

Justin Smoak spoiled the Rockies' shutout bid with a solo homer leading off the ninth, and after a throwing error by shortstop Trevor Story, Danny Jansen hit an RBI double with two out to make it 4-2. Oberg got pinch-hitter Rowdy Tellez to ground out to end the game.

Gray (5-4) worked out of trouble in the second and sixth innings before leaving in the seventh. He struck out the first two batters and followed that with two walks when a hot spot middle finger on his pitching hand. Manager Bud Black came out and after a discussion he was pulled.

''It really sucks, but it's part of the game,'' Gray said. ''There's always going to be some kind of adversity.''

Jairo Diaz came on in relief and got the final out.

Colorado had a relatively quiet offensive night after getting 35 hits in its previous two games. It looked as if it would be another big night at the plate in the first inning when four straight hits off Stroman.

Arenado followed singles by Story and Dahl with one of his own to drive in the first run, and Murphy made it 3-0 with a two-run double past center fielder Jonathan Davis.

''Getting that three-run lead early tonight was really nice,'' Gray said. ''I was able to sit back and pitch my game and not have to worry about, `Hey, if I give up a solo here we're in trouble.' It was nice to be able to pitch like that.''

Stroman retired 19 of the last 23 batters he faced, and the only blemish came in the fifth when Colorado tacked on another run.

Raimel Tapia extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double, and two Toronto errors on the play allowed him to score to make it 4-0.

''Stroman did an outstanding job going seven,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoya said. ''He kept us in the game until the end.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon (right calf strain) did some running in the outfield before Saturday's game and is on track to be activated from the 10-day injured list when Colorado starts its six-game road trip at the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

FLASHING LEATHER

Arenado showed why he has won six Gold Gloves when he ranged to his right to grab Jansen's grounder in the fifth and then side-armed a throw to Murphy at first as he was veering toward the Toronto dugout.

Seeing Arenado make a great play has become normal for the Rockies.

''I knew it was going to happen when I saw him take off sideways,'' Gray said. ''The throw was on the money. I couldn't help but enjoy it.''

Not to be outdone, Dahl made a diving catch in right field to save a run in the sixth inning.

UP NEXT

Toronto righty Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 3.75) will make the second start of his career at Coors Field. He won his only other outing in 2016, when he allowed one run in eight innings. He will go against Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela (3-4, 5.81).

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  • W: J. Gray (5-4)L: M. Stroman (3-7)S: S. Oberg (2)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (12)
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L. Gurriel LF40100020.264.312.542.8532.0
R. Grichuk RF40000011.226.287.401.688-0.5
C. Biggio 2B21000210.250.348.400.7484.5
D. Jansen C30110112.167.250.250.5003.5
J. Davis CF30000010.143.176.204.381-0.5
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K. Giles P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Davis in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Stroman in the 8th
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T. Story SS41100010.293.360.556.9161.5
D. Dahl RF41300000.328.380.523.9035.0
N. Arenado 3B41110012.342.393.6271.0202.5
D. Murphy 1B30120001.241.312.420.7324.0
I. Desmond CF30000011.246.321.461.782-0.5
B. Rodgers 2B30000001.297.350.351.7010.0
T. Wolters C30100000.304.345.424.7691.0
J. Gray P20000011.080.115.080.195-0.5
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Diaz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Guerrero (6), D. Jansen (5)
  • HR - J. Smoak (12)
  • RBI - J. Smoak (32), D. Jansen (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Jansen (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, J. Davis 4 (4), R. Tellez
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (13), D. Dahl (15), D. Murphy (9)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (51), D. Murphy 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, D. Murphy, B. Rodgers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Gurriel (2), C. Biggio
FIELDING
  • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
  • E - C. Biggio, J. Davis
FIELDING
  • E - T. Story (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman (L, 3-7)7.07430202.841.3010.0
K. Giles1.01000301.190.973.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman (L, 3-7)7.0
K. Giles1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 5-4)6.22003704.111.2926.5
J. Diaz (H, 2)0.10000002.570.860.0
C. Estevez1.22210214.281.391.0
S. Oberg (S, 2)0.10000001.711.067.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 5-4)6.2
J. Diaz (H, 2)0.1
C. Estevez1.2
S. Oberg (S, 2)0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 93-63, K. Giles 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 12-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 27, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 87-53, J. Diaz 5-3, C. Estevez 27-20, S. Oberg 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-4, J. Diaz 1-0, C. Estevez 2-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, J. Diaz, C. Estevez 8, S. Oberg
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F. Galvis SS40000000.252.290.427.7180.0
V. Guerrero 3B40100010.248.320.460.7801.5
J. Smoak 1B41111001.237.376.475.8516.0
L. Gurriel LF40100020.264.312.542.8532.0
R. Grichuk RF40000011.226.287.401.688-0.5
C. Biggio 2B21000210.250.348.400.7484.5
D. Jansen C30110112.167.250.250.5003.5
J. Davis CF30000010.143.176.204.381-0.5
a- R. Tellez PH10000001.234.291.443.7340.0
M. Stroman P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- E. Sogard PH10000000.263.348.432.7800.0
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  • a-grounded out for Davis in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Stroman in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Tapia LF41100011.278.322.491.8132.5
T. Story SS41100010.293.360.556.9161.5
D. Dahl RF41300000.328.380.523.9035.0
N. Arenado 3B41110012.342.393.6271.0202.5
D. Murphy 1B30120001.241.312.420.7324.0
I. Desmond CF30000011.246.321.461.782-0.5
B. Rodgers 2B30000001.297.350.351.7010.0
T. Wolters C30100000.304.345.424.7691.0
J. Gray P20000011.080.115.080.195-0.5
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Reynolds PH10000000.181.307.362.6690.0
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Diaz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Guerrero (6), D. Jansen (5)
  • HR - J. Smoak (12)
  • RBI - J. Smoak (32), D. Jansen (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Jansen (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, J. Davis 4 (4), R. Tellez
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (13), D. Dahl (15), D. Murphy (9)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (51), D. Murphy 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, D. Murphy, B. Rodgers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Gurriel (2), C. Biggio
FIELDING
  • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
  • E - C. Biggio, J. Davis
FIELDING
  • E - T. Story (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman (L, 3-7)7.07430202.841.3010.0
K. Giles1.01000301.190.973.5
Total8.0843050---
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman (L, 3-7)7.0
K. Giles1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 5-4)6.22003704.111.2926.5
J. Diaz (H, 2)0.10000002.570.860.0
C. Estevez1.22210214.281.391.0
S. Oberg (S, 2)0.10000001.711.067.0
Total9.0421391---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 5-4)6.2
J. Diaz (H, 2)0.1
C. Estevez1.2
S. Oberg (S, 2)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 93-63, K. Giles 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 12-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 27, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 87-53, J. Diaz 5-3, C. Estevez 27-20, S. Oberg 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-4, J. Diaz 1-0, C. Estevez 2-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, J. Diaz, C. Estevez 8, S. Oberg
  • 9TH INNING
    Jansen doubled to deep center, Biggio scored24
    Smoak homered to center14
  • 5TH INNING
    Tapia doubled to right center, Tapia scored on 2nd baseman Biggio throwing error04
  • 1ST INNING
    Murphy doubled to deep center, Dahl and Arenado scored03
    Arenado singled to center, Story scored, Dahl to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Estevez Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak homered to center
    • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to catcher
    • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Biggio safe at first on shortstop Story throwing error, Biggio to second
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Jansen doubled to deep center, Biggio scored
    • Scott Oberg relieved Carlos Estevez
    • Rowdy Tellez hit for Jonathan Davis
    • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Jansen to third, Strike looking, Strike looking, Tellez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carlos Estevez pitching
    • Eric Sogard hit for Marcus Stroman
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Sogard flied out to left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis flied out to center
    • V. Guerrero: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ken Giles pitching
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Dahl doubled to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
    • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Biggio walked
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jansen walked, Biggio to second
    • Jairo Diaz relieved Jon Gray
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Biggio out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • B. Rodgers: Strike looking, Rodgers grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Wolters: Wolters flied out to center
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Jairo Diaz
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Stroman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to second
    • V. Guerrero: Guerrero doubled to deep right
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to deep right
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy fouled out to third
    • I. Desmond: Desmond fouled out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to third
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • R. Tapia: Tapia doubled to right center, Tapia scored on 2nd baseman Biggio throwing error
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Story lined out to left
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Dahl grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak lined out to left
    • L. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • B. Rodgers: Foul, Ball, Rodgers grounded out to third
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Stroman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Galvis popped out to third
    • V. Guerrero: Ball, Guerrero grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story grounded out to second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl singled to right
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded out to third, Dahl to second
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to right
    • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked, Gurriel to second
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel stole third, Biggio to second, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wolters reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Gray: Gray reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wolters out at second
    • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gray out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
    • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tapia grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Story singled to center
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dahl singled to center, Story to third
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado singled to center, Story scored, Dahl to second
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy doubled to deep center, Dahl and Arenado scored
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond popped out to second
    • B. Rodgers: Ball, Rodgers grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)