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With the help of three solo home runs and some really solid pitching, the Rockies were able to snap their four game losing streak and build their wild card lead to 1.5 over the now first in line Cardinals. The Brewers have already won on Saturday, giving them a tie with the Cardinals, but regardless, the Rockies need to keep winning.
Jordan Lyles was perfect for much too long as the Rockies were hitless until Nolan Arenado’s solo home run to right field. It was timely as it snapped the Rockies scoreless streak and disrupted Lyles just enough to get the Rockies going. Ian Desmond followed Arenado’s homer up with one of his own to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
The lead was cut in half during the next inning when Gray allowed a run on a single by Jordan Lyles. It was one of the worst ways to give up a run, but it was the only run Gray or the Rockies would allow in the game so they could hold their lead. Gray was great on Saturday going six innings while striking out eight. His efficiency could’ve been better, but getting through six is still strong and he gave the Rockies all they needed to win.
The Rockies got two more runs in the seventh with a solo bomb by Trevor Story and an RBI single from Lucroy. The single drove in Desmond who singled and stole a base to give Lucroy the RBI chance and it really helped Colorado.
The Padres threatened in the bottom of the inning by putting runners on second and third with one out. Pat Neshek came on in a rough situation and worked out of it by inducing a pop out and striking out Manuel Margot to end the inning. Jake McGee then worked a flawless eighth to pave the way for the Rockies win.
Greg Holland came on to close the ninth and worked one of his easiest ninth innings in quite some time. Holland got two outs on strikeouts to start the inning and finished the game with a ground out to give the Rockies the win. Chad Bettis will take the mound to hopefully continue the winning, but he has to face the Padres ace at home in Jhoulys Chacin.