Gray strikes out seven A’s

ROCK­IES 9, ATH­LET­ICS 2

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders

scottsdale, ariz.» Starter Jon Gray used ev­ery pitch in his arse­nal, Char­lie Black­mon looked like the player who hit 29 homers last sea­son and left-handed re­liever Mike Dunn con­tin­ued his splen­did spring.

All in all, it was a good Sun­day for the Rock­ies, who beat Oak­land 9-2.

For starters: Gray, on track to be the open­ing-day starter April 3 at Milwaukee, pitched five in­nings, giv­ing up one run on two hits. He walked just one and whiffed seven. More im­por­tant, he com­manded all four of his pitches — fast­ball, slider, curve and changeup.

“One think­ing I’ve been work­ing on lately is my slider,” Gray said. “It still don’t feel like it’s at its best right now, but I’ve made some tweaks to it and it was bet­ter to­day. On a good note, the changeup worked well and so did the curve­ball.”

Hits: Black­mon, bat­ting .471, hit a home run and a triple, driv­ing in three runs. … Dunn, who has been has been al­most perfect, pitched a score­less eighth in­ning, al­low­ing no baserun­ners and strik­ing out one. In seven in­nings, Dunn has al­lowed no runs, no hits and just two walks while strik­ing out nine.

Misses: Short­stop Trevor Story and sec­ond base­man Cristhian Adames each made a throw­ing er­ror Sun­day.

Up next: The Rock­ies host the Chicago Cubs at 2:10 p.m. MDT on Mon­day, at Salt River Fields.

Rock­ies prob­a­bles: LHP Tyler Anderson, RHP Car­los Estevez, RHP Jairo Diaz, RHP Ja­son Motte.

Cubs prob­a­bles: RHP Kyle Hen­dricks, RHP Alex Mills, RHP Wade Davis, RHP Koji Ue­hara, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Dy­lan Floro.

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