Boston, MA — The scoring began in the first inning for the Red Sox, which has been a very familiar sight for them this season. David Ortiz hit a two-run blast, his 12th big-fly of the season. Clay Buchholz was spinning a no-hitter through the first three innings, until he ran into trouble his second time going through the Rockies lineup. Charlie Blackmon notched the Rockies first hit with a single, and then Carlos Gonzalez launched his sixth home run of the season.
Jon Gray began to settle down after allowing the home run to Big Papi. The next hit he allowed after the home run was a double to David Ortiz, his 22nd of the season which leads the Majors, but Gray escaped the potential threat and no damage was done.
Things really started to change for the Rockies in the fifth inning. where Clay Buchholz ran into all kinds of trouble. Trevor Story stepped up to the plate with Gerardo Parra on first and launched a moonshot over the Green Monster that was oddly enough caught by a young Rockies fan. Descalso followed Story with a base hit up the middle, and then Dustin Garneau crushed another home run that hit high off a light stand on the Green Monster.
Buchholz’s night ended abruptly after he allowed an infield single to CarGo in the sixth inning, but Jon Gray was in cruise control. The Rockies would tally one more run in the seventh, and Gray would pitch until the eighth inning until he allowed a walk, which led to Walt Weiss turning to Carlos Estevez. DJ Lemahieu drove in another run for the Rockies in the top of the ninth inning, and Estevez and Jake McGee finished what Gray started, sealing the 8-2 victory for the Rockies.
The fifth inning. For the first time in this series, the Rockies took full advantage of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, hitting two home runs in the fifth inning. The Rockies took a 6-2 lead after their half of the fifth and they never looked back.
Player of the Game
Jon Gray. The Gray Wolf had a disastrous start in his last outing against the Cardinals, but he responded well by taming the hottest offense in baseball. He threw for seven and a third innings, the longest start of his young career, allowing only two runs on five hits, with six strikeouts. A huge comeback start for Gray after getting torched for nine earned runs in St. Louis. A true ace-like performance.
By the Numbers
Most notably, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak finally came to a close at 29 games.
However, the attention now shifts to his teammate, Xander Bogaerts, who extend his hitting streak to 19 games, which is now the longest active streak in the Majors.
Clay Buchholz has now allowed 13 home runs this season after tonight’s start. Ouch.
Trevor Story hit his 13th home run of the season, and leads all rookies in MLB with 33 RBI’s.
The Rockies will look to build off the big win as they kick off a homestand at Coors Field tomorrow night against the Giants. Tyler Chatwood vs. Matt Cain at 6:40 MST.