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DENVER -- Ervin Santana gave up seven runs in the first four innings. All that meant for the Angels was that their offense would have to keep up its torrid pace on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.That wasn't a problem, as the Angels again put double-digit runs on the board, beating the Rockies, 10-8, to capture their second road sweep in a row and win their 14th game in 18 tries. Torii Hunter, part of the Angels Nos. 1-3 hitters who went 23-for-40 in the series, assessed the damage thusly: "Probably the best I've seen in my career."
Mark Trumbo hit two moonshots -- the second multi-HR game of his career -- off of Rockies starter Christian Friedrich (4-2) to power an offense that scored 28 runs over the weekend at Coors Field. Hunter hit his third homer in three games from the No. 2 hole, and Mike Trout collected two more hits to bring his batting average to .350."No matter what park you play in, if you've got a guy like Mike Trout on base, it's totally different," Hunter said. The Rockies have learned the hard way at their home park this season that no amount of runs ever seems to be enough to support a struggling rotation. Santana (3-7) got a brief glimpse of that frustrating truism, as the Rockies pegged him for nine hits, seven runs and two homers in 5 2/3 innings. To illustrate: a powerful first inning by the Angels saw Trout lead off with a double, Hunter and Albert Pujols follow with singles, Trumbo hit a home run to left field, Howie Kendrick smacked a single up the middle and finally Erick Aybar doubled. The 4-0 lead became 4-1 when Santana yielded back-to-back doubles to Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer in the bottom of the frame. The second inning played out similarly: Trout drew a walk and Hunter homered -- but Santana gave up four hits, including home runs to Tyler Colvin and Carlos Gonzalez, and the game was suddenly tied. "After the second inning, it looked like there was a better plan from Ervin," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "He got the ball on both sides of the plate. If you had told us in the second inning that he'd almost go six, we'd have a hard time believing it. But that was important, because it allowed us to set our bullpen up, and they did a terrific job." Said Santana, who has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts, "I know it's not going my way right now." With the game tied in the fourth, Trumbo hit a second three-run blast to give the Angels a 9-6 lead, one they wouldn't surrender. "Off the bat, I didn't think it was gone. I was hoping it'd be deep enough to tag, but I guess I finally took advantage of where we were playing," said Trumbo, who was 0-for-9 in the first two games of the series. Trumbo's two three-run homers were his 13th and 14th of the season, and his six RBIs were a career-high. "That's a credit to the guys in front of me," Trumbo said. "Without them getting on base, none of this happens." The Rockies had a chance in the bottom of the ninth, with the score at 10-8 and Marco Scutaro on first. But Carlos Gonzalez hit a shot right to pitcher Scott Downs, who briefly had possession of the ball before dropping it. Gonzalez, under the impression Downs -- who went on to earn the save -- had caught the ball in the air, walked to first while Scutaro stood idle on the basepaths.
"Talking with Scott, it went in his glove, rattled around and popped out. It happened so fast," Scioscia said. "Fortunately we turned it into a double play."Rockies manager Jim Tracy took objection to the 1-6-3 twin killing, and was ejected for the first time this season.
"On a ball hit that hard, if the ball's not caught, you'd see the ball hit the glove and immediately come back out," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "He had possession, was starting the ball back and was reaching into the glove to try to throw the ball to first base. That's what I saw."The Mike Trout tour de force nearly came to a halt in the second inning, when the center fielder climbed the wall to chase Colvin's home run. Replays showed his glove extended over the wall with the ball briefly in place, but Trout, unable to finish the rob-job, was slow to get up after falling to the warning track. An injury delay was called as the Angels trainers went out to check on Trout, who was favoring his left hand and wrist. Trout stayed in the game. "I felt like I had it at first, but when I hit the fence my hand went numb," said Trout, who also crashed into the wall in the first inning while going after a ball. "It's fine, but I'll be a little sore. Nothing to worry about." Trout entered the game leading the American League in batting average and runs scored since the start of May. He finished the series against the Rockies hitting .615 (8-for-13), with eight runs, two RBIs and four stolen bases. With the Rangers beating the Giants on Sunday, the Angels remain three games back in the American League West. "We've got to take it one game at a time," Trout said. "Can't look ahead [to the division race] because it's a long year."
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.