DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will be riding an impressive winning streak behind
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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will be riding an impressive winning streak behind
Jon Gray when the right-hander starts Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.Gray (9-7 http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-asuaje-jersey , 4.76 ERA) will be opposed by right-hander Jacob Nix (1-1, 6.75), who joined the Padres on Aug. 10 and will be making his third career start.The Rockies have won Gray’s past eight starts, dating from June 22. During that streak, which is tied for the second longest in franchise history, Gray is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA, 11 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. Opponents have batted .214 with a .624 OPS against Gray during that stretch.Article continues below ...Six of those eight wins have come since Gray was recalled on July 14 from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he made two starts after being optioned June 30. Since being recalled, Gray has gone 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in six starts.Asked what has been at the root of Gray’s surge, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta said, “I think his ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. He’s really throwing a lot of strikes with that slider, throwing a lot of strikes with the fastball, challenging guys. Not necessarily trying to get contact, but he’s pitching in the zone a lot more, and I think that’s been the biggest difference is just having that mentality of, ‘Here it is, hit it. This is my best stuff. If you beat me Christian Villanueva Jersey , you beat me. If not, I’m probably going to have a lot of success with what I have.’ “Gray has had three straight no-decisions, the last one coming at Atlanta on Thursday when he allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings with one walk and nine strikeouts in Colorado’s 5-3 win.He’s 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 13 starts against the Padres with 13 walks and 106 strikeouts in 78 innings. Gray is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against San Diego this season with two walks and 24 strikeouts in 18 innings.The Rockies’ four-game winning streak ended Tuesday when they lost for just the second time in 10 games and fell 4-3 to the Padres (50-78). The Rockies are 23-24 against teams with a losing record and 45-33 against teams at or above .500.Nix, 22, began the season at Double-A San Antonio, where he went 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA in nine starts before being promoted to Triple-A El Paso. He pitched six scoreless innings and won his one start there before he joined the Padres after they designated veteran Phil Hughes for assignment.Nix won his major league debut Aug. 10 against Philadelphia, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings in San Diego’s 2-0 victory. He became the first Padres pitcher to throw six or more scoreless innings in his major league debut since Odrisamer Despaigne (seven innings) on June 23, 2014, at San Francisco.Nix lost his last start 5-1 Thursday against Arizona, a 42-pitch effort in which he gave up five hits, five runs and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He became the first Padres pitcher this season not to get out of the first inning.“I really liked his response, taking ownership over it like recognizing, ‘Hey, I wasn’t good today. I’ve done that before though,’ ” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He knows he rebounds from things like this. So there’s clearly some resiliency inside of him, and that’s what it takes to pitch well at this level for a long time. He has good self-awareness, and he recognized it got going fast for him. And I think everybody that’s ever stepped on a big league mound would say that about themselves at a point in time.“I like the curveball playing early in counts and dropping it in wherever he wants. And the changeup looked really good http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-szczur-jersey , especially the first outing. So there’s stuff to believe in and the temperament seems like he’s wired right. There’s no soft spot on our schedule going forward, so every single time he steps on the mound, it’s going to be a challenge. And we’re going to bet on that temperament to rise up and meet that challenge.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez was aggressive at the wrong time.Velasquez, a pinch-running pitcher, was called out for leaving second base early while tagging up, resulting in a game-ending double play that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.After Aaron Nola outpitched Max Scherzer for the second time in six days in a matchup of NL Cy Young Award contenders, the Phillies watched Washington rally for three runs in the ninth to take a 5-3 lead.Wilson Ramos got Philadelphia within a run with a pinch-hit double in the bottom half, and Velasquez ran for the catcher. Greg Holland relieved and retired Jorge Alfaro on a fly ball to center, with Velasquez moving to third as the potential tying run. Velasquez slid past the bag but wasn’t tagged.The Nationals, however, appealed that Velasquez left too soon, and he was called out. A replay upheld the ruling.“I wasn’t nervous. I was trying to put pressure on the outfielder,” Velasquez said.Manager Gabe Kapler told Velasquez after the game he should’ve stayed on second.“He’s an inexperienced runner who gave us a valiant effort,” Kapler said. “He got overzealous.”Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Pat Neshek (1-1) in the Nationals ninth. The Nationals trailed 3-2 when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from Tommy Hunter. Neshek surrendered Rendon’s 17th homer, and Washington added another run on an error after Ryan Zimmerman hit his third double of the game and stole third.“I was just trying to see a pitch to hit,” Rendon said about connecting on a 1-2 slider.It was the latest gut-wrenching loss for the Phillies Craig Stammen Jersey , who are 6-13 since Aug. 8 and fell 4 ½ games behind NL East-leading Atlanta.“It’s a super difficult loss to swallow,” Kapler said. “I don’t worry about this group. They’re tenacious and resilient.”Alfaro and Odubel Herrera hit homers off Scherzer to hand Nola a 3-0 lead. But poor defense and a shaky bullpen blew it.Nola gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits, striking out eight in seven innings. He threw eight dominant innings in Philadelphia’s 2-0 win at Washington last Thursday.Scherzer gave up three runs and four hits in five innings, tying for his shortest outing of the season on April 4 at Atlanta.“It was awesome,” Scherzer said of the comeback. “A great team win.”Herrera, who hit a two-run shot off Scherzer last week, gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Batting cleanup for the first time in his career, Herrera drove a 2-2 fastball into the right-field seats for his 21st homer. Alfaro connected in the fifth.Nola took a shutout into the seventh before Rendon led off with a single and Zimmerman hit a double with one out. Matt Wieters followed with a grounder to first. Carlos Santana stepped on the bag for the second out but made an errant throw home allowing Zimmerman to also score.Koda Glover (1-2) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win.ACES WILDNola-Scherzer II was the second matchup of starters with at least 150 innings and a sub-2.25 ERA since they did it last week. Previously, it hadn’t been done since St. Louis’ John Tudor faced Mets ace Dwight Gooden on Sept. 11, 1985. Nola lowered his ERA to 2.10 and Scherzer’s rose to 2.22.JOEY BATSThe Phillies acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. A six-time All-Star for Toronto from 2010-15, the 37-year-old Bautista has 342 career homers. He struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.YOU’RE OUTTA HERENationals pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds was ejected after being called out on strikes in the eighth. After walking toward the dugout, he came back and threw his batting gloves.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: Closer Sean Doolittle threw a full bullpen session before the game and he’s scheduled to pitch a simulated game Friday. The All-Star lefty has been on the disabled list since July 10 with left toe inflammation.Phillies: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is expected to make another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley before he’s recalled after rosters are expanded. Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors this season because of a strained lat and a finger injury.UP NEXTRHP Jake Arrieta (9-9, 3.57) goes for Philadelphia and LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-11, 4.35) starts for the Nationals in the series finale Wednesday. The Phillies are 12-13 in Arrieta’s starts. He’s 1-2, 4.89 in 11 starts vs. Washington. Gonzalez is 11-7, 2.69 in 25 starts vs. Philadelphia.
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