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Jon Gray powers the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds

Jon Gray showed off his power on the mound and at the plate in the Rockies’ 50th win of the season.

The Colorado Rockies got back in the win column on Wednesday night behind a strong all-around performance from starting pitcher Jon Gray and a three-hit game from Pat Valaika, defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3.

Gray got the scoring started with a monster home run in the second inning. The two-run blast left Gray’s bat at 105 mph and landed 467 feet from home plate. It was the longest home run by a pitcher in the Statcast era and the longest home run by any Rockies hitter so far in 2017.

That held until the fourth inning when Gray ran into some trouble on the mound. Joey Votto led off the inning with a triple on a ball that was hit hard, but also misplayed by left fielder Raimel Tapia, and came around to score on Scooter Gennett’s RBI single. That was all the Reds got, and the Rockies held onto a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the home team got the run back and more. Pat Valaika hit his sixth home run of the season after Mark Reynolds singled to put the Rockies up by three, in spite of Gray’s strikeout to end the inning.

Three straight weakly hit singles from Votto, Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez got another run back for Cincinnati in the sixth. After Gray was replaced by Scott Oberg with two outs and the bases loaded, an uncharacteristic error by Nolan Arenado allowed another run to come home and make it 4-3.

In Gray’s second start since returning from the disabled list, he allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 5 23 innings. He walked only one and struck out five, giving him a 15-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio since coming back from a broken foot in April.

Gray’s counterpart Scott Feldman allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits in his five innings of work with a walk and six strikeouts. Aside from two bad pitches to Gray and Valaika, Feldman largely shut down an offense that has been quiet for a significant portion of the season.

For the last three innings, it was more or less up to the bullpen to hold the lead. Oberg and Chris Rusin allowed a pair of baserunners but kept the Reds off the board in the seventh, while Jake McGee threw a scoreless eighth. Before closer Greg Holland came on for the ninth, the Rockies tacked on an insurance run when Carlos Gonzalez came around to score on Valaika’s RBI single after being hit by a pitch and moving to second when Reynolds walked.

Holland came on for the ninth and, after retiring the first two hitters he faced, made things very interesting. A base hit by Zack Cozart and a walk to Votto brought Gennett to the plate representing the go-ahead run. Not one to be rattled, Holland got Gennett to hit a comebacker to wrap up a 5-3 victory.

With the win, the Rockies improved to 50-37 on the season, while the Reds dropped to 36-48. The finale of this four-game series is set for tomorrow afternoon. Tyler Chatwood will be on the hill for the Rockies against Sal Romano of the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm mountain time.