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    Angels go from blowout win to one-run loss against Rockies
    • June 25, 2023

    DENVER — The Angels could have used a few runs from their record-setting offensive show the night before.

    After beating the Rockies by 24 runs on Saturday, the Angels lost a one-run decision, 4-3, on Sunday, dropping the weekend series to Colorado two games to one.

    “Baseball is crazy the way it works sometimes,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.

    The Angels outscored the Rockies 32-12 over the course of the series, and the Rockies’ minus 20-run differential was the second largest in major league history for a team that won a series. In 1897, the Louisville Colonels won a series against the Chicago Colts with a minus-23 run differential.

    “I think it’s disappointing,” said Taylor Ward, who doubled in the top of the sixth inning and scored the Angels’ first run. “We should have definitely done a better job and won more games here. I hope that fires us up and we take that into tomorrow.”

    Colorado starter Austin Gomber checked the Angels on five hits in five-plus innings and allowed two runs. He was the first Rockies starter to earn a win in the past 30 games, the longest such drought in the team’s history.

    “Gomber threw the ball well,” Nevin said. “We didn’t make much hard contact until really that sixth inning. Then they go their ‘pen and they’ve got some good arms out there.”

    Coloado was up 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when they took advantage of an error to score an unearned run. Reliever Jose Soriano walked Brenton Doyle with two outs and then bounced an attempted pickoff throw that got past first baseman Hunter Renfroe, allowing Doyle to advance to third. Ezequiel Tovar, who homered earlier in the game, then slashed an RBI single to right.

    The Angels nearly pulled it out in the ninth. Eduardo Escobar hit a two-out triple off Justin Lawrence and Mickey Moniak followed with an RBI double. After Matt Thaiss was walked intentionally, pinch hitter Luis Rengifo hit a slow roller down the third base line that a charging Ryan McMahon fielded before throwing to first to get Rengifo by a half a step for the game’s final out.

    “We’ve had a few comeback victories like that, and I was hoping for one right there and as a team we were, too,” Ward said. “But it shows the fight that we have.”

    Tyler Anderson (4-2), who spent the first four years of his career with the Rockies after they drafted him in the first round in 2011, had a solid outing against his former team. He struck out nine in six innings and allowed three runs on four hits, including a home run by Tovar in the bottom of the fifth inning that gave Colorado a 3-0 lead. But he lamented the two walks he gave up. Both led to Colorado runs.

    “Pretty much, (Coors Field), it’s like everywhere else, you don’t want to give up free bases because there’s so much outfield out there that singles are doubles and doubles are triples, a lot of balls fall, so free bases just kill you,” Anderson said. “That’s kind of what happened today.”

    The Angels broke through for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Ward doubled off Gomber (5-7) to start the sixth inning, driving a liner that right fielder Nolan Jones momentarily had in his glove only to have it pop out when he crashed into the wall. Shohei Otani followed with a run-scoring triple to the left-center field gap and after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch, Ohtani scored on Brandon Drury’s sacrifice fly.

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    ​ Orange County Register