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Rockies 6, Reds, 3: Bullpen throws four scoreless innings

Jon Gray was fine and the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings as the Rockies beat the Reds 6-3 Wednesday night. Gerardo Parra, Tony Wolters, and Ian Desmond accounted for the bulk of the Rockies offense. With the Rockies win and the Diamondbacks’ loss, those two clubs are now tied for first place in the National League West.

Gray okay

Jon Gray was okay against the Reds. The smiles in the dugout and compliments from broadcasters probably had a lot to do with the fact that the Rockies were leading when he left the game and the start was not a disaster. The Reds had at least two runners on base in four out of five innings against Gray, so aside from the clean first inning Gray was working through trouble all night. Still, it may have been his best start since May 8th. Gray ultimately allowed three runs on six hits in five innings pitched; he struck out six and walked five.

The bullpen holds the lead

The Rockies were ahead 5-3 when Gray left, and the bullpen did their part by tossing four scoreless innings to hold the lead. Harrison Musgrave, Scott Oberg, Jake McGee, and Wade Davis combined to allow three hits and two walks over the final innings. That doesn’t mean the bullpen’s good again, but it does mean the bullpen was good enough for the Rockies to win on Wednesday.

Highlight of the night

This bumbleshow is baseball at its finest:

What’s next

The Rockies and Reds finish their three-game set tomorrow morning, with Tyler Anderson starting against Tyler Mahle. The game starts at 10:35 MT and will be available on MLB Network in the Rockies’ broadcast area.