Colorado Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays
Jon Gray struck out seven in a solid seven-inning outing. Meanwhile, Nolan Arenado singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Saturday evening.
Also, David Dahl had three hits as the Rockies won for the seventh consecutive game. Furthermore, they improved to 8-1 on their homestand. Meanwhile, Scott Oberg got the final out for his second save.
Gray allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run for the second time this campaign. He also pitched six scoreless innings in a win over Philadelphia on the 21st of April.
Gray’s scoreless outing overshadowed a strong start by the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman. The right-hander settled down after a tough first inning. He gave up four runs; three earned, over seven innings.
“The biggest key right now offensively is that we’re giving them some easy outs. You’ve got to go up there with a plan and pretty much have better at-bats,” said veteran first baseman Justin Smoak, whose majestic solo shot during the ninth inning got the Blue Jays on the board.
“I’ve been through it so many times – and still go through it – when you struggle, you get in between. As a young guy, I was in between a lot. The biggest thing is to get on one or the other, sit hard, or sit soft. Like tonight with (Jon) Gray, I mean he pitched well, but pretty much everything he throws is hard so you can stay hard the whole at-bat, really. Being better at that, as a whole.”
The Blue Jays weren’t good at that as they kicked off June by going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring positions. This included consecutive strikeouts by Jonathan David and Danny Jansen after Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., pulled off a double steal to put men at second and third base.
Meanwhile, Justin Smoak spoiled the Rockies’ shutout bid with a solo homer leading out of the ninth inning. Danny Jansen hit an RBI double with two out to make it 4-2 after a throwing error by shortstop Trevor Story.
Gray worked out of trouble in the second and sixth innings before leaving during the seventh. He struck out the first two batters and followed with two walks. Before Jairo Diaz came on in relief and got the final out.
Colorado had a relatively quiet night on their offense after getting 35 hits in their previous two games. It looked as if it would be another big night at the place in the first inning when four hits in a row off Stroman made it 3-0.
Arenado followed singles by Story and Dahl with one of his own to drive in the first run. Before Murphy made it 3-0 with a two-run double past center fielder Jonathan Davis.
Meanwhile, Raimel Tapia extended his hitting streak to eleven games with a double during the fifth inning, and two Blue Jay errors on the play allowed him to score to make it 4-0.