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Jon Gray set for fourth big league start as Rockies open series against Mets

For the second time in four career outings, Rockies rookie Jon Gray will take on the NL East leaders.

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in as many weeks, Rockies starter Jon Gray will take the mound against the New York Mets, this time at Coors Field as the teams open a three-game series.

In his start against the Mets at Citi Field on June 10, Gray allowed one run on just one hit, a solo home run from catcher Travis d'Arnaud, in six innings of work, walking two and striking out five.

d'Arnaud is in the Mets lineup tonight, as well, batting seventh. Not in the New York lineup tonight is former Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, with Mets manager Terry Collins electing to go with an outfield of rookie Michael Conforto in left, Yoenis Cespedes in center and Curtis Granderson in right against Gray.

On the mound for the Mets tonight is 42-year-old Bartolo Colon. Despite having been in the league for 18 years, tonight is just Colon's fourth start at Coors Field. He struggled mightily in the first three, with a 7.71 ERA in 16⅓ innings. He allowed seven earned runs in 4⅔ innings in a start at Coors last season, including a home run served up to Carlos Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is in his customary third spot in the lineup tonight, hitting right behind former Mets all-star Jose Reyes. Brandon Barnes returns to the Rockies lineup tonight, batting eighth and playing left field.

First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.