Gomber (back) retires early, hoping to return in the next race.

DENVER The Rockies were hoping for some length from Austin Gomber in Monday's series opener against the Braves

while he has been the most steady and reliable starter in their injury-riddled rotation.

After the game, manager Bud Black stated, “On the days he pitches, we feel like we'll win because of the way he's throwing.”

However, back pain forced Gomber to leave the game with two outs in the third inning. 

After giving Matt Olson a two-out triple, he left losing 2-1 after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. 

The bullpen allowed 12 runs after he exited, leaving the Rockies down 14-4.

I've been feeling some back tightness, a little bit of pain that I've been dealing with for a couple of weeks, definitely closer to a month now,” Gomber said. 

I kind of got through it. Tonight was slightly different. Nothing increased my pain or tightness.

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