DENVER – The Colorado Rockies returned to Coors Field with a dud on Tuesday night but bounced back with a thorough 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in the second game of the set.

Ian Desmond had the big night offensively, scoring and driving in a pair of runs.

Starter Jon Gray was phenomenal again and looked for a moment like he might work toward a complete game considering how efficient he was. He would have to settle for being removed with an out in the seventh but dominated the game, improving his ERA since returning from Triple-A to 2.59 over seven starts.

The bullpen did not allow a baserunner.

This is exactly the kind of win the club needed.

The Padres jumped ahead early, continuing that odd idiosyncrasy of the season where despite pitching the best they ever have, the Rockies can’t seem to escape the first inning without giving up at least one run.

Travis Jankowski swung at the first pitch of the game and hit a sinking line drive to left that fell just in front of Gerardo Parra. Gray bounced back to record two quick outs but was hurt by another first-pitch fastball when Cory Spangenberg laced one over Charlie Blackmon’s head in center for the RBI double.

Colorado came right back in the bottom of the first. Blackmon singled hard up the middle and swiped second, his seventh stolen base of the season, before advancing to third on a groundout from DJ LeMahieu. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a blooper to left that fell into no man’s land for an RBI base hit.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition. Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization. A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts. Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party. The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.