Rockies rip Rangers, 11-6, and Austin Gomber offers as Colorado secures sequence sweep – Boulder Day by day Digicam

Fueled by a rare offensive breakout and another promising start by southpaw Austin Gomber, the Rockies swept Texas on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

Colorado jumped out to an early lead in the 11-6 victory and kept its foot on the gas against the listless Rangers. The Rockies’ fourth consecutive win tied a season-high.

“(Gomber) threw the ball great,” manager Bud Black said. “He was a little bit under the weather today because he’s been fighting an intestinal bug the last three or four days… We were worried a little bit. We sent him home early (Wednesday) and he assured us he would be fine. When he got to the ballpark today, he felt good enough to run him out there.”

Brendan Rodgers got the Rockies going with an RBI groundout in the second to score Matt Adams. Charlie Blackmon’s solo bomb to right-center off right-hander Mike Foltynewicz gave Colorado a 2-0 lead in the third.

But the Rockies’ offense was just getting primed for tacos at that point.

“Lately our pitching has really been pushing us, even though today we had a lot of offense,” Charlie Blackmon said, adding Thursday was highlighted by “good at-bats and approaches.”

Foltynewicz didn’t make it out of the fourth as Colorado tacked on three more runs for a 5-0 advantage. Elias Diaz, Raimel Tapia and Yonathan Daza all had RBIs.

Meanwhile, Gomber — who gained momentum in his second month with Colorado — was on cruise control. He allowed three hits and struck out six, with no walks as his offspeed once again kept hitters off-balance.

“The changeup came into play today just like it did in (an eight-inning outing) last week in New York,” Black said.

Over Gomber’s final two frames, Colorado got more insurance off left-hander Wes Benjamin with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Rodgers came through with a two-run double in the fifth, and Joshua Fuentes and Garrett Hampson each had RBI singles in the sixth.

The Rockies’ bullpen couldn’t hold the shutout, as Khris Davis belted a two-run homer off right-hander Jordan Sheffield in the seventh to make it 9-2.After Blackmon tacked on a two-run double in the seventh, the Rangers added four runs in the ninth off struggling right-hander Yency Almonte.

Texas lost its 15th consecutive road game, which is a Rangers record and one shy of the franchise record (the 1961 Washington Senators lost 16 straight road games).

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