Austin Gomber rebounds, leads Rockies to win over Marlins – The Denver Post

Blake Street Gomber, indeed.

The Rockies’ left-hander rebounded from a poor performance in his last start and pitched a gem Saturday night in a 7-4 win over Miami at Coors Field.

In his six scoreless innings, Austin Gomber gave up five hits, walked none and struck out a career-high nine.

But on a night when the Rockies’ offense continued to bludgeon foes at Coors Field, they also got some bad news.

Second baseman Brendan Rodgers, who’s having a breakout season, was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the sixth inning and was forced to leave the game. The Rockies announced it was a right-hand contusion, adding that Rodgers is “day-to-day.”

Rodgers, who in the fifth inning hit a double to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games, was hit by a 95 mph pitch thrown by Miami reliever Zach Pop. Rodgers fell to the ground, in obvious pain. He was examined by head trainer Keith Dugger and was escorted to the dugout.

Colorado, fueled by Connor Joe’s 2-for-3, four-RBI night, jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

The Rockies’ three-run fourth was powered by C.J. Cron’s two-run double and Joe’s RBI single. Joe’s two-run, bases-loaded single fueled Colorado’s three-run fifth.

Gomber, the centerpiece of the Nolan Arenado trade with St. Louis in February, was coming off a poor performance in an 8-1 Rockies loss at San Diego last Sunday. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked two in the first inning.

He needed 40 pitches to get through the inning and manager Bud Black gave him an early hook. It was the shortest start of Gomber’s career.

But he was terrific Saturday night and finished the sixth inning by striking out the side with Brian Anderson, Jorge Alfaro and Jazz Chisholm all going down swinging.

In eight starts at Coors Field this season, Gomber is 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts. He’s walked 11, but seven of those free passes came in his Rockies debut against the Dodgers on April 4.

The Rockies’ starting pitching and offense have been very good at Coors Field this season, where the Rockies improved to 37-21. The middle of their bullpen, however, remains fragile.

Miami got back into the game with a four-run seventh inning, hammering right-handers Tyler Kinley and Robert Stephenson. Kinley gave up four hits and a walk and was charged with all four runs, although Stephenson gave up an RBI double to Alfaro.

Right-hander Carlos Estevez gave up a walk and a hit in the eighth, but no runs. Daniel Bard closed out the win for his 18th save.

The Rockies will attempt to finish off a three-game sweep of Miami on Sunday afternoon.