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Rockies 8, Padres 2: Jon Gray gets run support, Rockies cruise to easy win

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Good news: the Rockies now have a dominant offense.

What bad start? OK, so it’s still a very bad start, but the Colorado Rockies have now won three straight games. They looked like a dominant team once again on Tuesday night against the hot-start San Diego Padres, winning by a final score of 8-2.

Jon Gray was dealing

We were once again treated to an efficient start from Gray. He went seven innings, striking out five hitters and working around three walks on just 89 pitches. He located his fastball with lots of movement and had Padres hitters uncomfortable all night, with the only damage coming on a solo home run from Wil Myers.

It’s the little moments that make things look awfully good so far for Gray. Besides just pouring in strikes, it’s things like working around a leadoff walk to Myers in the second inning in which he got squeezed by the umpire. It’s been so far, so good for Gray, and look how things can go when he gets some run support.

Score early and often

The Rockies jumped San Diego starter Nick Margevicius early, starting with a home run from Nolan Arenado on his birthday.

It’s obviously a welcome sight to actually see this team scoring runs, especially on the road. Even more encouraging is the fact that the damage came from up and down the lineup. Raimel Tapia threw out a couple more hits and drove in three runs, including a two-strike triple that scored two runs. Tony Wolters had two hits. Garrett Hampson hit his first career homer.

And yes, we finally got to shout it from the rooftops...well, you all got to tweet it at the same time, at least...it was finally time for taco’s in 2019.

Important wins

Listen, this was just a little two-game set and there’s a long way to go before the Rockies and their 6-12 record dig out of this hole. But the Padres have been one of the stories of the season so far with their hot start. The Rockies needed to show some guts to end this road trip, and they did in these wins.

Looking ahead

The Rockies are off Wednesday. They head home for a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies starting on Thursday.