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Rockies get easy win against error-prone Angels

Field Level Media
28 Jul 2021, 16:05 GMT+10

The Colorado Rockies got home runs from Sam Hilliard and Brendan Rodgers and benefitted from three errors on the way to a 12-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Hilliard's blow was the big one, a three-run pinch-hit homer off Angels starter Jose Suarez in the fourth inning. Hilliard had three hits and scored twice.

Connor Joe, one of five Rockies with at least two hits, had two singles, a double and three RBIs.

The only bright spot for Los Angeles was Shohei Ohtani's 463-foot home run, his 36th homer of the season. It was Ohtani's sixth homer of 450 feet or more, most in the majors.

It came against Rockies starter Austin Gomber, who otherwise shut down the Angels. Gomber (8-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.

The Rockies took an early lead, getting a two-run first-inning rally started because of errors on consecutive plays by third baseman Jack Mayfield. Raimel Tapia led off the game with a single, before Mayfield booted ground balls by Rodgers and then Trevor Story.

Charlie Blackmon and C.J. Cron each had an RBI on a fielder's choice to put the Rockies up 2-0 against Suarez.

It only got worse from there for Suarez and the Angels. Colorado scored three times in the third for a 5-0 lead, aided by shortstop Jose Iglesias' throwing error.

Rodgers led off the inning with a home run, and both Ryan McMahon and Elias Diaz had RBI singles later in the inning.

The Rockies added four runs in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead, getting an RBI single from Tapia and Hilliard's three-run homer. Suarez didn't make it out of the inning and was finished after allowing eight runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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