Rockies silence Bosox, Bradley
BOSTON — Jon Gray walked into Fenway Park on Thursday just a week removed from the worst pitching performance of his young career.
He bounced back by silencing the best offensive team in the majors.
Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and the Colorado Rockies stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak with an 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley's major league-best streak was halted when he went 0-for-4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.
"It was a tough assignment. That train over there was rolling pretty good," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "For Jon to go that deep in the game, shut them down, it's probably the best lineup in baseball right now, so a great performance."
Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.
Thursday marked the first time this season any Red Sox player besides Mookie Betts had led off a game. He had the night off, before pinch-hitting in the ninth with Bradley on deck. But Betts grounded out to end the game.
Gray was unfazed by the shuffle. He was steady throughout the night, mixing his pitches and scattering five hits while striking out six. He got Bradley out by mixing in some changeups, which Bradley later acknowledged caught him off guard.
"I definitely had it in mind and knew that he's been swinging the bat really well and was going to be a tough out. A lot of the guys were," Gray said. "But once again, I just took one pitch at a time and executed each one best I could."
While Bradley's streak ended, teammate Xander Bogaerts managed to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, which takes over as the longest in the majors.
Bradley just missed a home run to right field in his first at-bat, and grounded out on his second plate appearance of the night. He flied out to center in the fifth.
The Fenway Park crowd roared when he came to the plate to lead off the eighth, but he swung at Carlos Estevez's first pitch and grounded out.
"It happens," Bradley said. "I feel like I put some pretty good swings on the ball and they got caught."