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With the shutout on Sunday, the Rockies won a road series for the first time in a month and took the season series from the Braves as well. It was a game where one timely hit and pitching was all the Rockies needed to win. Their starter, Jon Gray, was fantastic, and the bullpen came in to shut down the final three innings to give the Rockies a 3-0 win.
The Rockies scored the first run of the game, and as it would turn out, the winning run, in the second inning. After a single and a walk, Trevor Story roped a double to left-center field to drive in Gerardo Parra from second, giving the Rockies the early one run lead.
Jon Gray didn’t need any support however as he cruised through the Braves lineup, going 6+ innings and striking out seven. He pitched to one batter in the seventh, allowing a hit, before being removed from the game. On the day he allowed five hits, two walks, and hit a batter, but none would come around to score, lowering his season ERA to 4.18.
The bullpen, while not perfect, didn’t really face any true threats. Pat Neshek allowed a hit after coming in for Gray, but got a fly out and a double play to get out of the inning with no trouble. Mike Dunn came on for the eighth, the role Jake McGee would have been in, had he not been slated to close. With Holland struggling, McGee took over the save opportunity and got three fly balls to give the Rockies the stress free late game win.
Colorado may not have gotten much offense, a Mark Reynolds two-run homer being the only other runs scored, but when you shut teams out you don’t need the runs. The Rockies can now head home for their second to last non-NL West series. They play the Detroit Tigers and will hopefully take care of business and gain some momentum going into the final month of the season.