Gomez robs Giants with stupendous catch

Gomez robs Giants with stupendous catch

SAN FRANCISCO -- Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez made the kind of catch in the first inning of Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Giants that would make George Springer jealous.

Gomez, starting his 11th consecutive game in center field since being acquired in a trade with the Brewers last month, made a leaping grab at the wall to rob Matt Duffy of what possibly could have been a home run, if not at least extra bases.

Gomez, who won a Gold Glove in 2013 with the Brewers, made a long run to straightaway center and leapt at the wall, crashing face-first into the padding as he caught the ball. Gomez gestured and yelled in exhilaration after catching the ball.

"I mean, he fits right in our outfield," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was a big play to keep them, to keep the score tied at the time. And we've seen a dynamic outfield before. He fits right in and he's just as dynamic as anybody we have."

Springer, who's been out since July 1 with a broken wrist, made a similar catch last year in Arlington against the Rangers -- one of several highlight-reel catches he's made in his first two years in the Majors. When the Astros get him back to start in right field alongside Gomez, they'll have one of the best defensive outfields in baseball.

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.