The Colorado Rockies used a couple of homers and a dominant performance from Jon Gray to secure a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins in Friday’s series opener at Coors Field. Ryan McMahon and Nolan Arenado provided the offense and Gray did the rest, pitching eight shutout innings before turning things over to Scott Oberg for the save in the ninth. That marks back-to-back wins for the Rockies, something that has been rare since the calendar turned to July.
Rockies starter Jon Gray brought his ‘A’ game to Coors Field on Friday, pitching eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits (four of them singles) and no walks with seven strikeouts. It took Gray just 100 pitches to navigate his eight innings of work, with 70 of them being for strikes. He dropped his ERA to 3.84 on the season, as well.
RyMac stays hot
Ryan McMahon has been on a tear since the All-Star Break and it continued tonight as he hit a two-run home run off Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara in the bottom of the second, getting the Rockies on the board:
Who ordered a #BigMac ? pic.twitter.com/5upnXS1n5G— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 17, 2019
The home run was McMahon’s 15th of the season, with eight of them coming since the All-Star Break.
Nolan Being Nolan
As he did Wednesday, Nolan Arenado homered late in the game. Not a walk-off this time, but his eighth inning home run gave the Rockies some insurance and a 3-0 lead:
Home run No. 2️8️ for No. 2️8️ pic.twitter.com/HLHJg9JiAG— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 17, 2019
He also contributed with the glove, robbing a hit with this play in the top of the ninth:
Routine for Nolan. pic.twitter.com/kpnm7wGjgE— MLB (@MLB) August 17, 2019
The Rockies will look for their third straight win and a series victory over Miami tomorrow with Germán Márquez taking the mound against the Marlins’ Hector Noesi. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.