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    DENVER — ressive winning streak behind Jon Gray when the right-hander starts Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.Gray (9-7 Ryon Healy Jersey , 4.76 ERA) will be opposed by right-hander Jacob Nix (1-1, 6.75), who joined the Padres on Aug. 10 and will be making his third career start.The Rockies have won Gray’s past eight starts, dating from June 22. During that streak, which is tied for the second longest in franchise history, Gray is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA, 11 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. Opponents have batted .214 with a .624 OPS against Gray during that stretch.Article continues below …Six of those eight wins have come since Gray was recalled on July 14 from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he made two starts after being optioned June 30. Since being recalled, Gray has gone 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in six starts.Asked what has been at the root of Gray’s surge, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta said, “I think his ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. He’s really throwing a lot of strikes with that slider, throwing a lot of strikes with the fastball, challenging guys. Not necessarily trying to get contact http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , but he’s pitching in the zone a lot more, and I think that’s been the biggest difference is just having that mentality of, ‘Here it is, hit it. This is my best stuff. If you beat me, you beat me. If not, I’m probably going to have a lot of success with what I have.’ “Gray has had three straight no-decisions, the last one coming at Atlanta on Thursday when he allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings with one walk and nine strikeouts in Colorado’s 5-3 win.He’s 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 13 starts against the Padres with 13 walks and 106 strikeouts in 78 innings. Gray is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against San Diego this season with two walks and 24 strikeouts in 18 innings.The Rockies’ four-game winning streak ended Tuesday when they lost for just the second time in 10 games and fell 4-3 to the Padres (50-78). The Rockies are 23-24 against teams with a losing record and 45-33 against teams at or above .500.Nix, 22, began the season at Double-A San Antonio, where he went 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA in nine starts before being promoted to Triple-A El Paso. He pitched six scoreless innings and won his one start there before he joined the Padres after they designated veteran Phil Hughes for assignment.Nix won his major league debut Aug. 10 against Philadelphia, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings in San Diego’s 2-0 victory. He became the first Padres pitcher to throw six or more scoreless innings in his major league debut since Odrisamer Despaigne (seven innings) on June 23, 2014, at San Francisco.Nix lost his last start 5-1 Thursday against Arizona http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , a 42-pitch effort in which he gave up five hits, five runs and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He became the first Padres pitcher this season not to get out of the first inning.“I really liked his response, taking ownership over it like recognizing, ‘Hey, I wasn’t good today. I’ve done that before though,’ ” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He knows he rebounds from things like this. So there’s clearly some resiliency inside of him, and that’s what it takes to pitch well at this level for a long time. He has good self-awareness, and he recognized it got going fast for him. And I think everybody that’s ever stepped on a big league mound would say that about themselves at a point in time.“I like the curveball playing early in counts and dropping it in wherever he wants. And the changeup looked really good, especially the first outing. So there’s stuff to believe in and the temperament seems like he’s wired right. There’s no soft spot on our schedule going forward, so every single time he steps on the mound, it’s going to be a challenge. And we’re going to bet on that temperament to rise up and meet that challenge.” PHOENIX (AP) A storm knocked out the lights at Chase Field. The Texas Rangers are starting to find a little of their power, even if it is too late.Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and had four RBIs, helping the Rangers rally after a power outage delay to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Monday night.”We went through a stretch where later innings were a challenge for us Felix Hernandez Jersey ,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ”Late runs are always quality for us and it’s a situation where we’re seeing some of these young guys grow in their at-bats.”Choo hit a three-run homer off Robbie Ray in the fifth inning and added a solo shot against Matt Andriese (0-1) in the eighth for his sixth 20-homer season.A thunderstorm outside Chase Field caused some of the lights to go out in the sixth and, after a 21-minute delay, pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun lined a run-scoring single to right to put the Rangers up 5-4.Eddie Butler (2-1) got the final out in the sixth inning and Rougned Odor hit a solo homer off Andriese in the seventh for the go-ahead run.Texas, which had 12 hits, has won four straight since losing five of nine, but is still 21 games behind Houston in the AL West.”It’s something we’ve seen throughout some of the challenges of these games, offensive guys continue to show up, battle through at-bats, find a way to put runs across the board,” Banister said.Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer and Eduardo Escobar had two RBIs in his first game at Chase Field since being traded from Minnesota to Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored one run after the power delay while Texas had four.”The timing couldn’t have been worse,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ”I felt like it could have been a different outcome had that not happened. But we’ve got to make a pitch and we didn’t execute.”Ray worked through some traffic in the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The left-hander walked two and Choo lifted his 19th homer over the wall in left for a three-run shot.The Diamondbacks answered in the bottom half with the help of a throwing error by third baseman Adrian Beltre, going up 4-3 when Souza bounced a three-run homer off the top of the wall in left.Ray was lifted after a one-out walk in the sixth inning and Texas went ahead 4-3 on Robinson Chirinos‘ run-scoring single against Yoshihisa Hirano.Ray allowed four runs on three hits and struck out six with four walks.ANDRIESE’S STRUGGLESWhile Escobar had a strong first game at Chase Field, Andriese did not. The right-hander was acquired from Tampa Bay and had one appearance on the road Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey , allowing a run in two innings against San Diego.Andriese entered Monday’s game in the seventh inning and was hit hard in two innings, allowing three runs on six hits.”it’s very frustrating, but it’s baseball,” he said. ”You just have to go out there and compete. The next opportunity I get, it’s a new day.”CHOO’S BOUNCEBACKChoo had four strikeouts against Houston on Sunday, a rarity during his 14-year career. He struck out his first at-bat against Arizona, but hit a hard ground ball his second and followed with two homers.”After the first at-bat, he came into the dugout and found a rhythm with his swing,” Bannister said. ”The second at-bat, he fouled some pitches off and on that ground ball to second base, he seemed to barrel it up. I think that unlocked him a little bit, just with his timing and his swing.”TRAINER’S TABLEDiamondbacks: OF David Peralta was held out of the starting lineup after exiting Sunday’s game against San Diego in the sixth inning with right shoulder tightness.UP NEXTTexas RHP Bartolo Colon will make his fifth attempt at becoming MLB’s all-time wins leader among Latin American pitchers when he faces Arizona RHP Zack Godley. The 45-year-old Colon is tied with Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez with 245 wins after losing his previous four outings.—


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