Rockies use strong outing by Jon Gray to beat Miami 3-0

DENVER (AP) Colorado's Jon Gray and Miami's Sandy Alcantara matched up in a rare pitchers' duel at Coors Field.

Alcantara was good in his first outing there. Gray was better.

Gray struck out seven in eight strong innings and Nolan Arenado and Ryan McMahon homered for the second straight game, leading the Rockies to a 3-0 win over the Marlins on Friday night.

Gray scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter in his best outing of the season. He threw 100 pitches and was an inning short of the second complete game of his career. He pitched eight innings for the second time in four starts.

''He was outstanding tonight,'' manager Bud Black said. ''If we added on a little more Jon was still alive to go back out. I didn't think tonight was the night to push him to 115.''

Gray beat Alcantara in a rematch of a pitching duel in Miami on March 31. Alcantara pitched eight shutout innings in a 3-0 win, but was nicked by a long ball on Friday, one of just three hits he allowed over seven solid innings.

This time it was Gray. He went eight shutout innings and would have gone out for the ninth if the Rockies had a bigger lead. Still, he helped his team win two in a row for just the second time since June 29.

''I knew if we put up a couple of more runs in the eighth I'd get the opportunity,'' Gray said. ''Came really close.''

McMahon hit a two-run homer in the second inning, his 15th of the season, in support of Gray, who retired 15 batters in a row after Miami led off the second with consecutive singles.

Gray struck out Lewis Brinson with runners on first and second, and then got an inning-ending double play by Bryan Holaday. Gray set down 12 batters on groundouts, starting with Holaday's double play.

He faced another jam in the seventh when Neil Walker tripled off the wall in right-center with one out. Gray got Starlin Castro to fly out to shallow center and Harold Ramirez lined out to first to keep Miami off the board.

''We attacked from the get go,'' Gray said. ''We didn't walk people, we stayed in the zone with all of our pitches. We just attacked and good things happened.''

Alcantara (4-11) went seven innings and allowed just three hits. He walked four, including one ahead of McMahon's homer, and struck out just two. He retired the last seven batters he faced.

''I kept the ball down and got out of trouble with double plays,'' Alcantara said. ''I just missed one pitch in the second inning and it was 2-0.''

Arenado homered in the eighth, his 28th. Scott Oberg got the final three outs for his fifth save.

The game was delayed 20 minutes in the third inning due to lightning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (lower back soreness) was scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Jupiter on Friday night, while RHP Pablo Lopez (right shoulder strain) was slated to throw an inning for Triple-A New Orleans. Both have been out since mid-June.

WELCOME BACK

The Marlins activated Walker from the 10-day injured list before the game and designated infielder Deven Marrero for assignment. Walker missed 12 games with a right index finger sprain.

''It's good to get Walk back, gives us a lefty, a switch-hitter and a guy who can play both corners,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''It just helps our lineup, lets us stretch it different ways.''

PERFECT TIMING

Alcantara kept the Rockies off balance for most of the game, but consecutive sliders to McMahon in the second inning proved costly.

''First pitch (was) a backdoor slider that didn't really break back,'' McMahon said. ''The next pitch was a slider over the plate, and he showed me the timing on the pitch before that. I was geared up for a heater but saw it really well. It stayed there and didn't bite like a slider usually does.''

UP NEXT

Miami will send RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 8.18) against Colorado RHP German Marquez (11-5, 4.57) in the second game of the weekend series on Saturday night. Noesi has never faced the Rockies, while Marquez is 1-3 in four career starts against the Marlins.

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  • W: J. Gray (11-8)L: S. Alcantara (4-11)S: S. Oberg (5)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (28), R. McMahon (15)
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I. Diaz 2B40000030.186.255.279.534-1.5
B. Anderson RF40200020.257.338.469.8071.0
N. Walker 1B40100012.261.342.390.7322.5
S. Castro 3B40100002.260.285.379.6641.0
H. Ramirez LF30100001.262.297.390.6871.0
L. Brinson CF30000012.188.232.239.471-0.5
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a- C. Granderson PH10100000.189.281.378.6591.0
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  • a-singled for Holaday in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Alcantara in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40100001.323.366.589.9551.0
T. Story SS30100111.288.354.565.9203.5
N. Arenado 3B31111103.303.365.549.9147.0
Y. Alonso 1B30100112.202.303.358.6611.5
R. Tapia LF41000004.288.323.451.7741.0
R. McMahon 2B31121010.266.344.457.8016.5
T. Wolters C30000000.283.347.358.7060.0
Y. Daza CF30000000.146.186.146.3320.0
J. Gray P20000101.064.120.064.1841.0
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 3B - N. Walker
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti, N. Walker, S. Castro, H. Ramirez
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Arenado (28), R. McMahon (15)
    • RBI - N. Arenado (91), R. McMahon 2 (61)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (29)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tapia 3 (3), J. Gray
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Story (17)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Berti-Diaz-Walker; Berti-Diaz-Walker)
    • E - I. Diaz
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Story-McMahon-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Alcantara (L, 4-11)7.03224214.351.4211.0
    R. Stanek1.02110113.791.210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Alcantara (L, 4-11)7.0
    R. Stanek1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (W, 11-8)8.05000703.841.3532.5
    S. Oberg (S, 5)1.01000102.251.119.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (W, 11-8)8.0
    S. Oberg (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 92-56, R. Stanek 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-10
    • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, R. Stanek 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 100-70, S. Oberg 12-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 12-4, S. Oberg 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, S. Oberg 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    I. Diaz 2B40000030.186.255.279.534-1.5
    B. Anderson RF40200020.257.338.469.8071.0
    N. Walker 1B40100012.261.342.390.7322.5
    S. Castro 3B40100002.260.285.379.6641.0
    H. Ramirez LF30100001.262.297.390.6871.0
    L. Brinson CF30000012.188.232.239.471-0.5
    B. Holaday C20000002.293.370.451.8210.0
    a- C. Granderson PH10100000.189.281.378.6591.0
    R. Stanek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    S. Alcantara P20000000.125.167.150.3170.0
    b- J. Alfaro PH-C10000011.258.296.399.695-0.5
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    • a-singled for Holaday in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Alcantara in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon RF40100001.323.366.589.9551.0
    T. Story SS30100111.288.354.565.9203.5
    N. Arenado 3B31111103.303.365.549.9147.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100112.202.303.358.6611.5
    R. Tapia LF41000004.288.323.451.7741.0
    R. McMahon 2B31121010.266.344.457.8016.5
    T. Wolters C30000000.283.347.358.7060.0
    Y. Daza CF30000000.146.186.146.3320.0
    J. Gray P20000101.064.120.064.1841.0
    S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total2835324312-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - N. Walker
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti, N. Walker, S. Castro, H. Ramirez
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Arenado (28), R. McMahon (15)
      • RBI - N. Arenado (91), R. McMahon 2 (61)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tapia 3 (3), J. Gray
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Story (17)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Berti-Diaz-Walker; Berti-Diaz-Walker)
      • E - I. Diaz
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Story-McMahon-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara (L, 4-11)7.03224214.351.4211.0
      R. Stanek1.02110113.791.210.5
      Total8.0533432---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara (L, 4-11)7.0
      R. Stanek1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (W, 11-8)8.05000703.841.3532.5
      S. Oberg (S, 5)1.01000102.251.119.5
      Total9.0600080---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (W, 11-8)8.0
      S. Oberg (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 92-56, R. Stanek 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-10
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, R. Stanek 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 100-70, S. Oberg 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 12-4, S. Oberg 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, S. Oberg 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Arenado homered to center03
      • 2ND INNING
        McMahon homered to right center, Tapia scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Scott Oberg relieved Jon Gray
        • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Br. Anderson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Anderson singled to left
        • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Walker grounded out to third, Anderson to second
        • St. Castro: Castro grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson grounded out to pitcher
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Bryan Holaday
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson singled to center
        • Jorge Alfaro hit for Sandy Alcantara
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • J. Berti: Strike swinging, Berti grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryne Stanek pitching
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep left
        • T. Story: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to center
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso singled to center
        • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Tapia flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Walker tripled to deep center
        • St. Castro: Castro flied out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wolters flied out to deep left
        • Y. Daza: Ball, Daza grounded out to third
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Gray grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alcantara grounded out to first
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Berti grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia flied out to deep center
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brinson flied out to right
        • B. Holaday: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holaday grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gray walked
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep left
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story singled to center, Gray to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Story out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
        • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to second
        • St. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon grounded out to third
        • T. Wolters: Wolters lined out to shortstop
        • Y. Daza: Strike looking, Ball, Daza flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • S. Alcantara: Alcantara grounded out to third
        • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Berti grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon lined out to left
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Story stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Alonso flied out to left
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Tapia flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • St. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to right, Castro to second
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Brinson struck out on foul tip
        • B. Holaday: Ball, Holaday grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia reached on fielder's choice to third, Alonso out at second
        • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon homered to right center, Tapia scored
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Wolters flied out to deep center
        • Y. Daza: Foul, Ball, Daza safe at first on 2nd baseman Diaz fielding error
        • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Gray grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Berti: Ball, Berti flied out to center
        • I. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
        • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson singled to center
        • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to right
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story lined out to center
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Blackmon out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)