Houston has lost 9 of their last 10

Astros end road trip with another loss to Rockies

Jose Urquidy didn't have the start he wanted on Wednesday. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.

Continuing their recent anguishing stretch of losses the night before, going 2-8 in their last ten games, the Astros tried to salvage a win to end the road trip and come home on a happy note Wednesday afternoon in the snow in Denver. Instead, it would go down as another loss, making them 1-9 over their last ten games and 1-4 on the five-game road trip.

Final Score: Rockies 6, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 7-10, fifth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Austin Gomber (1-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-2)

Urquidy gives up four over five

Clearly unable to muster his best performance in the extreme conditions, Jose Urquidy did not have the greatest overall start on Wednesday afternoon. The Rockies were able to knock him around for four runs in the first two innings, two on a two-run double in the first, then a solo home run and RBI-single in the second. He would rebound and finish the next three innings scoreless but was unable to have the success he would have wanted: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 88 P.

Astros end road trip with another loss

He would leave with his team down 4-2 and in line for the loss. Those two runs came on one swing of Yuli Gurriel's bat, who had just one of Houston's two hits over those first five innings, getting a two-run homer in the top of the second, which at the time tied the game before Colorado would jump back in front. Brandon Bielak took over on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, but he too would struggle, allowing two runs on four hits to increase the deficit to 6-2.

Bielak returned for a quick, scoreless seventh; then Peter Solomon made the second appearance of his career in the bottom of the eighth. He worked around a two-out single to send the 6-2 game to the ninth, where the Astros would get one run, but not enough to mount a rally to end their disappointing stretch of games.

Up Next: With this road trip over, Houston will return home for eight games, two four-game sets against division opponents. It will kick off Thursday at 7:10 PM Central with the first of four against the Angels, with Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08 ERA) returning to fill in as the fifth arm in the rotation, going against Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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