By Brittany Ghiroli and Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- Rockies rookie Jon Gray pitched a dominant seven innings to lead a red-hot Colorado team to Wednesday's 3-1 series win over the American League East-leading Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Fresh off a series sweep against Atlanta, the Rockies have now won six of their past seven games.
"You look at the series overall, it's one of our best series of the year," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's got to be up there. We got real good starting pitching this series, and we had some really clutch hits. That's what it takes."
Colorado chased Orioles rookie starter Dylan Bundy, who was perfect through 5 1/3 innings, from the game after a pair of homers in the sixth. Nick Hundley got things going with a two-run blast that also scored Mark Reynolds, and David Dahl followed with his first career homer.
Manny Machado put the O's on the board with a one-out homer in the sixth, but that was all they would get off Gray. The righty held Baltimore to five hits and struck out three, lowering his season ERA to 3.94.
"Everybody is [dealing with some fatigue]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the loss. "There's a team that's one of the best statistical teams in baseball that scored three runs tonight, and that's part of it. You know, we fought through it. It's hard to keep the pace that we were at. Our pitching's been better, and we've been in more games. That's why we have a lead in our division right now because we've had other parts of the game pick it up."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dahl goes deep: After Hundley broke up the no-hitter with a blast to left field, Dahl sent his first Major League homer over the center-field wall two batters later. Dahl, who was called up on Monday, jumped on a first-pitch changeup. According to Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 401 feet from home plate and left the bat at 100 mph. The organization's No. 2 prospect showed his power in the Minors where he had 18 homers this season, including five in 16 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.
"I was just going up there trying to stick to the middle of the field and hit a line drive," Dahl said. "Just left the changeup up, and I was ready to hit. And just took a good swing and fortunate to get one out of here." More >
Bundy dominant ... until the sixth: Bundy took a perfect game into the sixth inning, retiring the first 16 batters until he walked Reynolds. While the righty was unable to finish the outing, there were still a lot of positives in the 5 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits -- both homers -- and struck out eight in his third career start.
"I don't look at it as impressive," Bundy said. "Strikeouts make your pitch count go up, and it's hard to go deep in the game when your pitch count is that high. So, I'm still working on getting ground balls from guys earlier in counts. It's a work in progress." More >
Diving Descalso: Making just his sixth career start in the outfield in seven seasons, Daniel Descalso made a sensational diving catch in the fourth inning to help keep the Orioles off the board. With runners on the corners and no outs, Descalso came charging in from left field on Machado's shallow fly ball and sprawled out. After Gray walked the next batter, he got the final two outs of the inning to avoid any runs in what seemed like a promising inning for the O's.
"Danny has been a career infielder, and we've been throwing him out in the outfield over the last month or so," Weiss said. "He's done an outstanding job. That's a tough play coming in on a ball like that and laying out." More >
"It's huge. Huge shot in the arm. He went out there and was dominant for most of the game. I thought he did a great job, and if he can sustain the quality starts as we go on, we're only going to be a better team because of it." -- Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo, on Bundy
"Bundy was electric. I mean, he had no-hit stuff. I was a little worried there as it started to get deeper into the game 'cause he was close to untouchable." -- Weiss
O's catcher Matt Wieters thought he'd hit a homer to lead off the third inning, but his blast down the right-field line, which was higher than the foul pole, was ruled foul on the field. After a 1-minute, 40-second crew-chief review, the call stood. Wieters popped out to third on the next pitch.
Wieters fell victim to replay review again in the seventh inning. After initially being ruled safe at second for a double, the call was overturned as replay showed the tag beat him to the base.
The Orioles won their challenge in the eighth inning when a double play was overturned. Replay showed that Hyun Soo Kim beat the throw to first.
In the ninth inning, Carlos Gonzalez was initially ruled out on a grounder to short, but after a review, the call was overturned and Gonzalez was awarded a single.
"I thought it was a home run. I think everybody felt like it was a home run," Showalter said of Wieters' ball. "I actually thought the guy [Gonzalez] was out at first, but they overturned that one, too. I was really surprised at that one. He didn't beat the play. At the very best, he tied the play, which is not beating the play. I was surprised they overturned that, and I was surprised that they didn't have a quick home run call on that one. I'm not real sure what they're looking at. We got a real good definitive shot that it's a home run. Sometimes, you're kind of stuck with what the original call was even though you know in your heart that it was wrong."
WHAT'S NEXT Rockies: Colorado heads to New York for a quick turnaround against the Mets in an 11:10 MT start on Thursday. Rookie left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA) will get the ball in the series opener, looking to build on the strong start to his season. He has won each of his past three starts.
Orioles:Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38 ERA) will get the spot start against Minnesota for a makeup game on Thursday night. The game is at 7:10 p.m. ET at Target Field, with the O's headed to Toronto for the weekend after that.