Gomber lifts Rockies 6-3, Astros’ 9th loss in 10 games

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Austin Gomber got his first victory for the Colorado Rockies, allowing two hits over six innings to beat the Astros 6-3 on a wintry Wednesday afternoon and send Houston to its ninth loss in 10 games.

It was 34 degrees at first pitch and a light snow fell throughout the game, gaining in intensity.

The weather didn’t bother Gomber (1-2), among five players acquired from St. Louis in the Feb. 1 trade that sent star third baseman Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals.

Gomber allowed Yuli Gurriel’s two-run homer in the second but just one hit and a walk after. The 27-year-old left-hander walked two and struck out six, including the side in order in the fifth, and retired 14 of his last 16 batters.

Houston starter Jose Urquidy (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings,.

Gurriel drove in all three runs for the Astros. Houston also was 7-10 last year before winning eight in a row.

Yonathan Daza hit his first major league home run in his 58th big league game. Dom Nunez doubled, singled and drove in two runs for Colorado, which swept the two-game interleague series.

Trevor Story hit a two-run double in the first. Gurriel’s homer tied the score and Daza put Colorado ahead for good when he homered leading off the bottom half. Nunez doubled in a run later in the inning, and boosted the margin to 6-2 in the sixth against Brandon Bielak when Nunez hit an RBI double and scored on Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Myles Straw was out of the lineup due to the side effects of his COVID-19 vaccination. He played center field and batted leadoff Tuesday night and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Astros: Head home for a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels starting Thursday. RHP Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08 ERA) gets the start in the first game.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (1-1, 3.57 ERA) takes the mound to open a three-game series against Philadelphia on Friday night.

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