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 went yard several times

Astros take series from Angels with a home run parade

Houston homered their way to another series win Wednesday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

After losing the opener then winning an exciting game Tuesday night, the Astros were seeking another series victory by winning the rubber match on Wednesday. They would blast homers all through the night, pushing them over the Angels in the finale.

Final Score: Astros 9, Angels 1

Astros' Record: 20-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (2-2)

Losing Pitcher: Andrew Heaney (1-3)

Astros grab an early lead, Urquidy exits with injury

Houston made early noise in Wednesday night's game, with Jose Altuve turning around the very first pitch of the bottom of the first inning for a solo homer. A two-out single later in the inning set up Yuli Gurriel for his seventh home run and 30th RBI of the season, putting the Astros out to an early 3-0 lead.

Jose Urquidy looked in control through the first three innings, allowing just two hits while maintaining the lead. However, after recording the second out of the fourth, he would be visited by training and coaching staff on the mound before being removed, later diagnosed with posterior shoulder discomfort. Brandon Bielak would quickly enter the game, picking up where Urquidy left off by keeping the Angels off the board.

Tucker stays hot as Bielak locks in out of the bullpen

Still 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Kyle Tucker would extend his recent hot streak by putting two more runs on the board with a blast to extend the lead to 5-0. Bielak remained in the game in the top of the seventh, having allowed just one hit while retiring all other batters since entering in the top of the fourth. He made it through that inning, putting Los Angeles down 1-2-3, and stayed on the mound in the top of the eighth.

He wouldn't be able to get any further, allowing a leadoff walk followed by a single, putting runners on the corners and prompting Dusty Baker to go to the third pitcher of the night, Andre Scrubb. The Angels would get on the board with a sac fly to make it 5-1, but Scrubb would finish the inning with no further damage.

Astros continue the home run barrage to take the series

Yordan Alvarez would get the run back with Houston's fourth dinger of the night, a solo shot to make it 6-1. They continued to pour it on, with Chaz McCormick joining the home run parade with a three-run blast later in the inning, making it 9-1. Joe Smith would take over on the mound in the top of the ninth, finishing off the lopsided win to give Houston the series victory as they turn the page to another division opponent.

Up Next: Having already faced the rest of the division in 2021 multiple times, the Astros will have their first series against the Texas Rangers starting Thursday at 7:10 PM Central at Minute Maid Park. In the opener, Cristian Javier (3-1, 2.90 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston, going up against Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 4.50 ERA).

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