Gomber back from injured list, throws Rockies ahead of Mariners
Posted On July 21, 2021
Austin Gomber pitched effectively for six innings on his return from the injured roster, Dom Nunez netted a three-run brace in a five-run opener and the Colorado Rockies beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3
Through DENNIS GEORGATOS Associated Press
July 21, 2021, 23:18
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DENVER – Austin Gomber pitched effectively for six innings after spending a month on the injured list, Dom Nunez netted a brace with bases in a five-point first and the Colorado Rockies beat the Seattle Mariners 6 -3 Wednesday.
Gomber (7-5) allowed three runs on three hits, all solo homers. He was reinstated earlier today after being absent since June 20 due to tightness in his left forearm.
Gomber won his fourth straight decision. “A little excited, but I felt I was able to stay inside and give the team a chance to win, eat a few innings and keep the countdown,” said Gomber, who pitched 71 throws, 42 for catches. “It was good to get a win on the last day here before we set off on a long road trip.”
Kyle Seager, Luis Torrens and Mitch Haniger all scored for the Mariners.
Daniel Bard threw a ninth without a hit, fanning Torrens for the last out, for his 15th save on 20 occasions.
The Mariners chose longtime reliever Keynan Middleton (0-1) as their opener. But the Rockies pounced on him in his first career start.
CJ Cron shot a goal-laden march, Charlie Blackmon had an RBI single and Nunez hit a two-out, three-run double for a 5-0 lead. “Coming to home plate that first run, I was trying to get a good shot, something that I could handle and drive,” said Nunez. “Sure enough, I got it, put on a good swing and good things happened.”
Major-league debut Darren McCaughan picked up Middleton to start second and pitched five innings without a hitting. He walked three, took none out and allowed a point on Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly. McCaughan said a stable and determined mindset helped him make his big league debut. “I think the attacking hitting mentality has been really good for me, just to let me know that I belong here,” said McCaughan. “I just have to take one step at a time to move forward, to stay ahead. I think I’ve made some progress and I’m just going to work on improving my (pitcher’s) arsenal.
Seager hit his 18th home run in the second. Torrens started the fifth with his 11th home run and Haniger connected in the sixth for his 23rd.
Haniger extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base in 20 straight games dating back to June 25.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Santos was selected for Triple A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Gomber. … This was Gomber’s first appearance since June 19, when he had to retire after two innings due to a left side for tightness in his arm.
Mariners: Head home to open a four-game homestand Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics with RHP Chris Flexen (9-3, 3.35 ERA) set to kick off the series opener for Seattle against Sean Manaea (6-6, 3.28 ERA).
Rockies: After a day off Thursday, the Rockies open their first post-All Star road trip, starting Friday night at Dodger Stadium with Colorado’s Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 5.99 ERA) ready to start the game. opening against LHP David Prix (4-0, 3.12 ERA).
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