DENVER — Jon Gray pitched seven crisp innings and drew a bases-loaded walk as part of a five-run third to help the Rockies rout the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-1, on Monday night.
Colorado won its fourth straight game since being swept in Los Angeles by the NL West-leading Dodgers, who beat Arizona to keep a 1 1/2-game lead over the Rockies in the division.
St. Louis lost to Milwaukee, allowing the Rockies to close to one-half game behind the Cardinals for the second wild card.
Gray (12-8) was moved up a day when scheduled starter Tyler Anderson was scratched because of shoulder tightness.
Gray worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and only picked up steam from there.
The right-hander’s one costly mistake was an elevated fastball that Rhys Hoskins hit for a homer in the seventh when the game was out of reach.
Gray ended his night by striking out Scott Kingery to finish the inning and left to a round of applause.
The Rockies cranked up the offense to open a four-game series against a Phillies team that has been eliminated from postseason contention.
David Dahl lined a two-run homer in the fourth, Tony Wolters drew four walks and Charlie Blackmon had a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games.
All-Star shortstop Trevor Story returned to the starting lineup after missing a week with inflammation in his right elbow and made an immediate impact. He had two hard-hit doubles to center.
Colorado jumped to a 5-0 lead in the third as Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra delivered run-scoring singles off Zach Eflin (11-8).
Wolters and Gray each drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Austin Davis. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
Eflin lasted 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs.
There was a scary moment in the fourth when Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr ran into the fence while trying to catch Dahl’s homer.
The side of Altherr’s face slammed into the padded fence, his hat flying off. Altherr eventually limped to a cart and was taken away. He sprained his right big toe and bruised a knee.
On the play, the fan trying to catch Dahl’s homer was hit in the head by the ball, his hat flying off as well.