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Jon Gray earned his second win of his career, and his first road win, against probably the best offense he will face this year. An early mistake gave the Red Sox a two run lead, but Gray settled down and the Rockies would go one to win the series finale by a score of 8-2.
The game would start much like the others of this series with the Red Sox offense getting on the board early. In the first inning with two outs, Xander Bogaerts reached on a single and Big Papi came to the plate. Like he has done all this year and his entire career, Ortiz drove a ball out to deep right field for a two run home run. For Rockies fans, it was like a bad dream all over again with the Red Sox offense punishing the pitching. However, Jon Gray would not allow another run and the Rockies offense would actually go off for what would eventually be an easy win.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was cruising, not allowing a base runner through the first three innings. Charlie Blackmon would end that streak with a leadoff single in the first, but the next two batters would go down easy. Carlos Gonzalez then came to the plate, and coming off a three hit night on Wednesday appeared to give him some confidence in getting out of his slump. On a 2-1 curveball, Cargo went down and golfed a home run out to right field to tie the game at 2-2. It is a great sign for Cargo who had been scuffling and not producing as well, but he looks to be getting back to form.
The Rockies would come right back the next inning to take the lead and get to starter Buchholz. Gerrardo Parra led off the inning with a single and Trevor Story, batting seventh for the first time this year, would come to the plate. After an extended at bat and fouling some pitches off, Story got a ball he could handle and he took it to deep left-center field. The ball would get over the monster and land in the hands of a Rockies fan for a two run home run. That would put the Rockies up 4-2 but they wouldn’t stop there.
Daniel Descalso would follow the home run up with a single, and much like how the inning started, Dustin Garneua would come up and hit another two run home run for the Rockies. That extended the lead to 6-2 and the Rockies were looking good.
Despite some lack of control with his fastball on the mound, Gray had his secondary pitches working and that kept him in control of the Red Sox lineup. He was able to keep Jackie Bradley Jr. from getting a base hit, the first time he hasn’t had a hit in 29 games, and kept most of the Red Sox lineup down for the rest of the game. Two hits in the first and two hits in the fifth were all the Red Sox could manage on offense off of Gray and he finished with 7.1 innings pitched allowing 5 total hits and the two run home run in the first. He also walked three and struck out six on 95 total pitches.
The win was a great way to wrap up what was a difficult road trip. The Rockies went 3-6 on the trip, winning one game against each opponent. They come home for a three game set against the Giants on Friday and will look to make up some lost ground against the division leader. This series could mean a lot for the Rockies going forward. A sweep shows the Rockies are serious about competing this year and winning two of three keeps them in the hunt, but if they lose two of three or get swept it could mean trouble going forward.