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Rockies' ace Jon Gray dominates, leads Rockies to a 7-3 victory

And just like that, the Rockies are back to .500 and 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.

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Jon Gray threw five shutout innings and the Rockies offense backed him up to help push the Rockies back to .500 on the year with a 7-3 victory. The Rockies now trail the second Wild Card spot by 3 1/2 games.

Jon Gray was on his game early, holding the Dodgers hitless through the first three innings while striking out four.

On the other hand, Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy saw his pitch count rise quickly, as he struggled with command and threw nearly 40 pitches in the first inning alone. McCarthy, who's only been back in the majors for a few months since recovering from Tommy John surgery, was on a short leash.

The Rockies eventually took advatange and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI groundout from Carlos Gonzalez.

Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso kept the pressure on in the fourth inning, both earning back-to-back walks and ultimately causing McCarthy to be pulled from the game after just three innings pitched.

Luis Avilan came on in relief for McCarthy and promptly gave up an RBI single to Nick Hundley. Jon Gray followed with a successful bunt that Avilan couldn't field which loaded the bases for Charlie Blackmon. The game continued to fall in the Rockies favor as Avilan drilled Blackmon with a pitch and pushed another run across the plate. Carlos Gonzalez capped off the three-run inning with an RBI groundout to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead after four innings.

In the meantime, Gray continued to toss a gem, but a high pitch count only allowed him to go five innings. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six. The five shutout innings dropped his ERA to a sparkling 3.77.

Carlos Gonzalez continued his hot night, driving in two more runs with a double to left-center in the bottom of the sixth. Mark Reynolds drove in one more run with a single to give the Rockies a 7-0 lead after six innings.

Chris Rusin followed Jon Gray out of the bullpen and put together three decent innings, allowing just two runs.

Jake McGee came in to close things out but allowed a deep solo shot the left-center field off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers got within four runs, but Adam Ottavino came in and collected the final out to seal the 7-3 victory.