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With 7 strikeouts, Gray leads Rockies to win over Rangers


Starter Jon Gray pitches for the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Denver.


Jon Gray struck out seven in seven solid innings – his longest performance of the season – and was backed by a 14-hitter offense in the Colorado Rockies’ 10-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Gray (1-2) was beaten in his previous start, but this time he allowed only three hits, two of them home runs. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced after Joey Gallo’s solo home run in the fourth inning and finished his work with a strikeout on Derek Dietrich.

The Rangers had the tying run at the plate in the ninth after two walks with a full house by Jairo Diaz, but Carlos Estévez took the mound to score his first save. Estévez was hit in the back of his right hand on a line by Scott Heineman, but recovered and put it out to end the game.

Ryan McMahon homered and Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon each contributed two hits and two RBIs to help the Rockies end a three-game losing streak.

McMahon hit a three-run homer to put the Rockies ahead, and a walk and three singles made it 5-2. Raimel Tapia, who had three hits, boosted Matt Kemp’s run with a triple in the third inning.

For the Rockies, Tapia 4-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

For the Rangers, Danny Santana 1-1 with two RBIs. Venezuelans Rougned Odor 3-1 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and Elvis Andrus 4-1 with scored.