Colorado Rockies’ Bats Go Cold, Late Run Gives Angels A Win
Jul 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder C. Blackmon (19) falls to the ground swinging in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies entered Wednesday night’s game with the Los Angeles Angels trying to salvage a split in the two-game series after a Tuesday loss.
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The Colorado Rockies never got going on offense, and despite a solid start from Chris Rusin, a late run by the Los Angeles Angels pushed the visiting team to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night at Coors Field in downtown Denver.
Rusin was solid again for the Rockies, allowing just two runs — both solo homers — on five hits and two walks in six innings, and he left after six innings with another no decision and the game tied at two.
But, a ninth inning Angels run off Rockies’ closer John Axford — in an inning where the Angels had three hits and a walk — doomed the Rox and gave the Angels a two-game sweep on Wednesday night.
Both runs Rusin gave up were solo homers to Mike Trout, with one coming in the first inning, and another coming in the sixth.
In between those, the Rockies scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, with RBI singles from Ben Paulsen and Nick Hundley.
The Rockies threatened at times, knocking out Angels’ starter Matt Shoemaker in the middle of the sixth inning, and getting two base runners on in each the seventh and ninth innings, but nobody came across the plate thanks to the Rox leaving 13 runners on base and going 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
With the loss, the Rockies fade to 35-49, having lost eight of their last ten games. They host the Atlanta Braves for a four-game series beginning Thursday night in Denver, before taking four days off for the All Star break.