ARLINGTON -- The ball jumped off his bat, and Carlos Gomez circled the bases for the first time in an Astros uniform, playfully tapping his helmet when he stepped on second and third. It was just his first home run with the Astros, but it was the 100th of his career, and brought Houston within a run in a game it would eventually drop, 4-3, to the Rangers.
Gomez, acquired in a trade from the Brewers last week, led off the sixth inning with a solo shot into left-center off former teammate Yovani Gallardo. It was his first career homer against the Rangers, one of three clubs he hadn't taken deep.
"You hit a home run against anybody it's fun, especially my 100th career home run," said Gomez, who was able to retrieve the ball. "I hadn't faced Gallardo since 2007, but I know what he's going to try to do to me, [so I could] take advantage of this and drive the ball."
When asked if he ever thought he would hit 100 homers in the big leagues, Gomez joked that he should have had more.
"I'm happy to have 100 right now, but it's a tough loss today," he said.
Indeed. Gomez's homer was just one of six hits for the Astros, who went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. He's hit safely in four of five games since the trade, going 8-for-23 with four RBIs in that span.
"Looks like he's very comfortable and settled in nicely here," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's a big impact player, and watching him play on our side is certainly better than playing against him. He can do a lot of things on the field, and he's showcasing it in the first week here."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.