MLB.com: No Gray Area for Jon Against Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Jon Gray decided to pick up the pace Monday night, to dominating results.

After entering the game with a 10.22 ERA, Gray blew through a mostly regular Rangers' lineup, with nine strikeouts and four hits allowed in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, as the Rockies won, 5-1.

Before Spring Training began, the Rockies had asked their starters to pace themselves, and devote outings to perfecting without caring about the results. Well, Gray put some effort into his 85 pitches, and for it received a standing ovation from Rockies fans.

"I still need to tighten up a few things in some areas, but it felt good to go out there that many times, start over, get strike one, start over," Gray said. "That's how we treated the whole thing. It felt more like an in-season start."

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