The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scored 3 times in the 8th inning against normally reliable Colorado Rockies right-hander Rafael Betancourt (0-1, 4.38), breaking a 2-2 tie to defeat the Rockies 5-2 on Tuesday evening at the Big A in Anaheim, California. It was Colorado’s 10th consecutive loss, a feat of infamy not matched since 2005, which is actually kind of astonishing considering all the bad baseball we’ve had to sit through the past 10 seasons.
Kyle Kendrick started for the Rockies, and turned in 7 concise, professional innings. He gave-up 2 runs in the 4th inning on 4 singles and a ground ball, and otherwise turned-in a line that included a single and 2 doubles by Kory Calhoun, along with 5 strikeouts, and most-notable, 0 bases-on-balls. Kendrick threw 91 pitches, 63 strikes.
It was a crisply executed affair, lasting only 2 hours and 44 minutes. Colorado eked-out runs in each of the 3rd and 4th against Angels starter CJ Wilson (2-2, 2.62). Nick Hundley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a lead-off grounded single up the middle in the 3rd. After DJ LeMahieu was walked Charlie Blackmon sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and Hundley scored on a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly. In the 4th Corey Dickerson doubled-in Justin Morneau, who had also doubled, with 2 outs to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
That was short-lived, with LAAofA tying it in the bottom of the inning against Kendrick, but then the contest went scoreless until Albert Pujols singled off of Betancourt leading-off the 8th. Pujols stole 2nd as Rafael contemplated his strategy against David Freese, who struck-out, but the steal threw Betancourt off his rhythm, and he walked Erick Aybar ahead of a Johnny Giavotella single that broke the tie. Matt Joyce followed with the coup-de-gras, a 2-run double to center.
Former Rockie Huston Street, who has quietly posted-up a most distinguished career, set Colorado down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 11th save of 2015.
The interleague rivals go back at it tonight, again at 8:05 in Anaheim. Jordan Lyles goes for the Rockies against the Angels’ Hector Santiago.