Rockies get two-run homers by Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez to beat Cardinals – The Denver Post
ST. LOUIS — On the final day of July, as the baseball season got really serious at the trade deadline, the Rockies showed they are ready to make a run with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
Starter Jon Gray, reborn after an early July tuneup at Triple-A, pitched 7⅓ innings strong, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits.
Colorado heads into the dog days of August riding a 17-6 record in July.
Gray had a lot of help from his friends. Two-run homers by Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez, as well as crisp defense, completed the party. Gonzalez made a sensational catch in the right-field corner to retire Yadier Molina and end the sixth inning.
Gray’s night started out dark and stormy. Matt Carpenter hit Gray’s fourth pitch of the game — an 87.3 mph slider — into the right field seats for his 26th home run.
But then Gray settled in and set down 13 in a row before running into a bit of a jam in the fifth. Tyler O’Neill hit a scrubber between the mound and third for an infield hit and Gray walked Dexter Fowler. Gray escaped by coaxing Greg Garcia into a first-to-short-to-pitcher double play.
Gray, working a very low pitch count, appeared that he might be headed to the ninth complete-game two-hitter in Colorado history, until things got messing in the eighth. An O’Neill single, another Fowler walk and a single Yario Munoz loaded the based and ended Gray’s evening.
New reliever Seunghwan Oh limited the damage — sort of. Matt Carpenter lifted a sacrifice fly to left off Oh, and then Oh’s wild pitch allowed and a subsequent throwing error by catcher Tom Murphy allowed Fowler to score from second. Colorado’s comfortable 6-1 lead had shrunk to 6-3.
Closer Wade Davis set the Cardinals down in order in the ninth for his 31st save.
Blackmon lined a two-run homer to right-center in the fifth, giving Colorado a 2-1 lead. Blackmon teed off on Jack Flaherty’s 93.5 mph fastball for his 21st home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. Blackmon’s 1-for-5 night left him two hits shy of 1,000 hits in a Rockies uniform. He would become the seventh player to reach that milestone.
Colorado grew its lead to 4-1 in the sixth. Gonzalez drew a one-out walk off Flaherty and scored on Trevor Story‘s double to left. Left-hander Chasen Shreve relieved Flaherty and was greeted by Gerardo Parra‘s bloop RBI double behind third base.
Gonzalez delivered his two-run homer in the seventh, scoring Ian Desmond, to put Colorado ahead 6-1.