DENVER -- — 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.
“You try to block it out the best you can. It’s cold, there’s no way around that,” said Gomber, who grew up in Florida. “It’s not something ideally I’d love to do every five days but they had to go through the same conditions on the other side. It was an experience, for sure. It’s the first time I’ve ever pitched in snow like that, but no real issues gripping the ball.”
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 José Urquidy (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.
“Urquidy kept us in the ballgame,” manager Dusty Baker said. “In the bullpen, he was spot on. He threw everything where he wanted. I don’t know if the mound’s any different or the conditions or if he was just feeling a little anxious. I’ve never seen Urquidy throw a ball consistently high like that. He’s usually down in the zone, he’s usually around the plate."
Gurriel drove in all three runs for the Astros. Houston also was 7-10 last year before winning eight in a row.
“We’re 3 1/2 games back, 17 games into a season that’s 162 games long, just get to work, get back into rhythm,” Alex Bregman said.
“It felt incredible. Just a dream come true,” Daza said through an interpreter. “I just remember one of my favorite players Miguel Cabrera hit one in the snow. I just kind of had that feeling going into the game today,”
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.
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.
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. Houston optioned reliever Peter Solomon to the alternate training site to add Javier to the active roster.
Rockies: RHP German Márquez (1-1, 3.57 ERA) takes the mound to open a three-game series against Philadelphia on Friday night.
What happens to Marcus Semien's fantasy value in Texas?
Tristan H. Cockcroft explains the fantasy implications of Marcus Semien signing as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.
Kevin Gausman's best moments from the 2021 season
Check out the best highlights from Kevin Gausman's 2021 season as he signs a 5-year deal with the Blue Jays.
Kevin Gausman finds new home, agrees with Toronto Blue Jays on $110 million contract, sources say
Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, a key component to the San Francisco Giants' rotation last season, agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal Sunday with the Toronto Blue Jays, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
MLB free-agency grades: Texas Rangers bet big on their future with Marcus Semien signing
Marcus Semien inked a seven-year deal with a Rangers team that won 60 games last year. Will they turn it around in time to take advantage of Semien's prime?
Minnesota Twins, Byron Buxton find perfect balance in incentive-laden deal
Buxton was one of the best players on the planet last season when he wasn't on the injured list. It's for that reason that his $100 million extension is a gamble, but a worthy one.
Avisail Garcia reaches deal with Miami Marlins, who reportedly are finalizing extension with Sandy Alcantara
OF Avisail Garcia and the Marlins are in agreement on a four-year, $53 million deal, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Sunday. The team also is finalizing a four-year deal with right-hander Sandy Alcantara.