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Gray strikes out 11 in 6 innings in 2-1 loss to Padres

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Colorado Rockies\' DJ LeMahieu kneels at third base after being caught stealing with two out against the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Gray pitched well enough to win Monday night, undone only by some well-placed hits by the San Diego Padres.

Gray struck out 11, walked only one and allowed two runs and four hits in six innings of the Colorado Rockies' 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.

"The way it felt tonight to go through hitters and innings that quick, it's something I haven't done in a while, so it really did feel good," Gray said. "I think I can work off that next outing."

Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in the first inning to help James Shields earn his first victory of the season.

Shields (1-4) allowed one run while scattering nine hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two. The Padres took a quick lead against Gray after their first four batters reached. Jon Jay and Wil Myers singled, and Kemp doubled them in.

"It's something I've dealt with a lot lately," Gray said. "I was just looking forward to the next guy. That's the only thing I can do is get the next couple guys out. I felt pretty good from there."

Gray (0-1) said his direction was a little off in the first inning. "I was pulling pitches across the zone, it's something (catcher Nick) Hundley noticed right away and he was making gestures toward me to stay back and go straight to him and we made that adjustment pretty quick."

Kemp's two-run double was enough for Shields, who has gotten lousy run support this year. He had received just five runs of support in his previous five starts. The right-hander was coming off a hard-luck defeat at San Francisco on Tuesday, when he allowed three hits in a 1-0 loss to Johnny Cueto.

Shields gave up a two-out RBI double to Nick Hundley in the fourth, which was preceded by the Padres' third double play of the night.

The Rockies had other scoring chances against Shields but failed to capitalize. DJ LeMahieu reached third with two outs in the third before rookie Trevor Story grounded out. LeMahieu was thrown out trying to steal third to end the fifth. Gerardo Parra reached third with two outs in the sixth before Ben Paulsen flied out.

Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Gray's 11 strikeouts came a day after Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 and threw a three-hitter in a 1-0 victory against the Padres at Dodger Stadium.

"Jonny was outstanding," manager Walt Weiss said. "Even the runs they got in the first inning were just well-placed hits. I thought he threw the ball extremely well. It's unfortunate we couldn't get him a win. He doesn't have his first win yet, but if he pitches like that he's going to get a lot of wins."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres LHP Robbie Erlin, on the disabled list since April 18, had an MRI on his strained left elbow.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (0-0, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start of the season, and second appearance, after being recalled from Triple-A.

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-2, 4.94) starts Tuesday night. He'll look to bounce back from his outing at San Francisco on Wednesday, when he lasted only 2 2/3 innings.

 

 
 

 

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