DENVER – The Colorado Rockies returned to Coors Field with a dud on Tuesday night but bounced back with a thorough 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in the second game of the set.

Ian Desmond had the big night offensively, scoring and driving in a pair of runs.

Starter Jon Gray was phenomenal again and looked for a moment like he might work toward a complete game considering how efficient he was. He would have to settle for being removed with an out in the seventh but dominated the game, improving his ERA since returning from Triple-A to 2.59 over seven starts.

The bullpen did not allow a baserunner.

This is exactly the kind of win the club needed.

The Padres jumped ahead early, continuing that odd idiosyncrasy of the season where despite pitching the best they ever have, the Rockies can’t seem to escape the first inning without giving up at least one run.

Travis Jankowski swung at the first pitch of the game and hit a sinking line drive to left that fell just in front of Gerardo Parra. Gray bounced back to record two quick outs but was hurt by another first-pitch fastball when Cory Spangenberg laced one over Charlie Blackmon’s head in center for the RBI double.

Colorado came right back in the bottom of the first. Blackmon singled hard up the middle and swiped second, his seventh stolen base of the season, before advancing to third on a groundout from DJ LeMahieu. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a blooper to left that fell into no man’s land for an RBI base hit.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman