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Jon Gray took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his first win of the season, pitching the Colorado Rockies over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 on Thursday.
Gray (1-0) allowed three runners through six innings, helped in the sixth when third baseman Ryan McMahon made a barehanded grab of Tim Locastro’s grounder and threw out the speedy batter by a half-step.
Gray threw 83 pitches through six innings in his second start of the season and was bidding to become the second Colorado pitcher to throw a no-hitter after Ubaldo Jiménez against Atlanta on April 17, 2010.
David Peralta tripled leading off the seventh when he sent a 1-2 slider into the gap in left-center field. Pavin Smith hit an RBI single on the next pitch.
The sparse crowd of 10,836 at Coors Field gave Gray a standing ovation after Peralta’s hit. Gray walked pinch-hitter Asdrúbal Cabrera with two outs, and got another ovation when he walked to the dugout to make way for Yency Almonte.
Daniel Bard relieved with two on in the ninth and got the two outs for his second save.
Merrill Kelly (0-2) gave up seven runs — six earned — and nine hits in six innings.
Trevor Story had a two-run double and scored in a three-run first inning. He tripled with two outs in the second to drive in Garrett Hampson.
Dom Nunez hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and Eduardo Escobar added a two-run homer off Carlos Estévez in the ninth.
Diamondbacks: INF Ketel Marte was placed on the 10-day IL, a day after hurting his right hamstring. 2B Andrew Young was recalled from the taxi squad. … RHP Zac Gallen (forearm fracture) threw 67 pitches at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday. … Manager Torey Lovullo has not given details on why RHP Chris Devenski wa placed on the restricted list on Wednesday night.
Rockies: INF Chris Owings didn’t play due to right hamstring soreness. Owings had two doubles and a triple in Wednesday’s win before leaving after the fifth inning. Manager Bud Black said he is optimistic it is a short-term issue.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 0.00) is to start Arizona’s home opener against Cincinnati on Friday night.
Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (0-1, 3.00 ERA) faces San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto (0-0, 4.76) in the Giants in San Francisco’s home opener on Friday.
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