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Just when it looked like the Rockies were going to get really hot, the Oakland Athletics rolled into LoDo like a cold front.
The A’s, leaders of the American League West, ripped Colorado pitching for 12 hits, including two home runs, en route to a 9-5 victory Friday night at Coors Field. The Rockies’ four-game winning streak screeched to a halt.
Rockies starter Jon Gray left the game with right elbow soreness and tightness in his forearm in the third inning, manager Bud Black said after the game.
Gray has been terrific at Coors, going 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his first seven starts this season. Friday night, however, he didn’t look sharp right from the beginning. He walked Oakland leadoff hitter Mark Canha, who scored on Matt Olson’s double.
Sean Murphy put the A’s ahead 2-0 in the second, hammering Gray’s first pitch of the inning for a home run to right-center field. More misery followed in the Athletics’ four-run third. Canha led off with another home run, Olson singled and Gray walked Seth Brown.
That was it for Gray, who was charged with five runs on five hits and saw his ERA climb from 3.71 to 4.29.
Long reliever Chi Chi Gonzalez cracked open a window of opportunity to allow the Rockies to get back into the game. He was charged with a run in the third, then blanked Oakland in the fourth and fifth.
But Oakland roughed him up in the sixth and seventh. Canha mashed an RBI double in the sixth, and back-to-back doubles by Jed Lowrie and Sean Smith plated another run in the seventh to extend the A’s lead to 8-3.
Gonzalez pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.
The Rockies entered the game with a 14-2 record in games when they had 10 or more hits. They had 12 Friday night. Oakland added an insurance run in the eighth when Robert Stephenson walked two, setting the table for Tony Kemp’s run-scoring double off of Tyler Kinley.
A handful of Rockies players had good nights at plate, including left fielder Raimel Tapia (3-for-5, two double, two runs scored), shortstop Brendan Rodgers (2-for-3) and rookie infielder Alan Trejo, who led off the seventh with the first home run of his career.