Colorado Rockies Fade Late After Jon Gray’s Debut, Lose 10-4 To Seattle Marineres


Aug 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder

Nelson Cruz

(23) reacts next to first base coach

Chris Woodward

(28) after being intentionally walked in the eighth inning by the the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Mariners defeated the Rockies 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners met in what Rox fans hoped would be a very memorable Major League debut for one starting pitcher. 

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The Colorado Rockies stood strongly early in Jon Gray‘s Major League debut, but they couldn’t hold the momentum late, as the Seattle Mariners ran away with a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Jon Gray had a rough start to his professional career — after getting Austin Jackson to line out to lead off the game, he walked Kyle Seager, and then allowed a double to Robinson Cano and a single to Jesus Montero to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead after one inning (and 33 pitches) for the rookie.

In the bottom of the first, the Rockies would get a run back, though. Charlie Blackmon hit his 13th home run of the season to lead off the Rockies’ half of the game, cutting the Mariners’ lead by half.

Gray allowed another run in the top of the fourth inning, hurting himself with opposing pitcher Vidal Nuno singling home Mark Trumbo to make it a 3-1 game, but Gray got himself out of the jam and left after four innings of work.

All total, he threw 77 pitches, and gave up five hits and two walks while striking out four in his four innings, getting charged with just two earned runs of his three total thanks to questionable Rockies defense behind him.

The Rockies were able to put two runs back on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, too, which absolved Gray of a decision in his debut. It was on Nick Hundley‘s two-run home run that scored DJ LeMahieu, and the game was tied at 3-3 by the fifth inning for reliever Christian Friedrich.

Friedrich threw a scoreless fifth, but the Mariners pushed two runs across on him in the sixth inning, on a two-run single from Franklin Gutierrez.

To the Rockies’ credit, they fought back again in the bottom of the sixth with a solo homer by Kyle Parker — the first of his career — and while that made the game 5-4 after six full innings, the last three frames were all Seattle.

The Mariners put up five runs across the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, to run away with the victory, 10-4. The scoring included another home run by Nelson Cruz, and an RBI double from former Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith.

Friedrich took the loss in relief, and Scott Oberg, Rafael Betancourt, and Justin Miller all allowed runs in the bullpen.

With the loss, the Rockies are now 44-61 on the season, having lost both games against the Mariners in the series with one more remaining at 1:10 pm MT on Wednesday afternoon.

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