A pair of eighth inning home runs brought the Colorado Rockies back from a 2-1 deficit as they snapped a six-game losing streak and opened the second half of the season with a 3-2 win over the Reds. David Dahl tied the game with a long ball against Reds reliever David Hernandez and Daniel Murphy gave the Rockies the lead in the eighth. Wade Davis followed that with a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for his 13th save of the season.
Rockies starter Jon Gray continued his strong 2019 season, allowing just two runs on four hits in seven innings of work. Gray didn’t walk anyone and struck out six, he threw 103 pitches, 59 for strikes. Gray dropped his ERA to 3.83 on the season. He has a 3.06 ERA and 1.29 WHIP since mid-May.
Murphy (finally) goes deep at Coors
In his 32nd home game as a Rockie, first baseman Daniel Murphy finally hit his first Coors Field home run of 2019. He did so at an opportune time, as well, with the Rockies tied at two in the bottom of the eighth:
They say, that no man is an island. False. I am an island.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 13, 2019
And this island is volcanic.
And it is about to erupt, with the molten hot lava... of strategy. pic.twitter.com/g7UFsoqX8n
It was Murphy’s eighth home run of the year, and it gave the Rockies a lead they would not relinquish.
The Rockies will look for a series win tomorrow against the Reds with the return of Kyle Freeland, who will make his first big league start since May 30 against Tanner Roark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.