Mike Trout homered twice and Johnny Giavotella singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 7 minutes, and the teams played in 50-degree weather throughout. It didn’t bother Trout, who hit mammoth homers in the first and sixth to account for the Angels’ runs against starter Chris Rusin.
It was the fifth multihomer game of Trout’s career and second this season. The reigning AL MVP has gone deep 24 times on the year, second in the league to teammate Albert Pujols (26).
Troy Tulowitzki had a first-inning single that extended his hitting streak to 20 games. It’s tied for the longest in the majors this season, and he has reached safely in 35 consecutive games.
Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis also had a 20-game hitting streak June 3-26.
Tulowitzki nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth when he drove a ball to the warning track with a runner on, but Daniel Robertson tracked it down for the first out.
Nolan Arenado and Nick Hundley had three hits each for the Rockies, who have lost nine of 11.
The Angels loaded the bases against John Axford (1-2) with one out in the ninth. After pinch-hitter Efren Navarro struck out, Giavotella grounded a single to left to give Los Angeles the lead.
Joe Smith (3-2) got the win in relief, and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 24th save. With a runner on second, he struck out Carlos Gonzalez. After an intentional walk to Arenado, Ben Paulsen grounded out to end it.
The Rockies took the lead in the fourth against starter Matt Shoemaker. Gonzalez and Arenado opened with doubles to put runners on second and third before RBI singles by Paulsen and Hundley made it 2-1.
Trout’s second home run, which traveled an estimated 477 feet, tied the game at 2.
The Rockies have endured 13 weather delays at Coors Field this season for a total time of 20 hours, 18 minutes. Four home games were postponed due to inclement weather.
Angels: OF Collin Cowgill (sprained right wrist) has been shut down for the week. Cowgill has been on the 15-day DL since May 28. "I hope at some point we can control the irritation in his hand to where he can function and play," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, it’s not going to be something that keeps him from coming back and playing."
Rockies: RHP Brooks Brown (right shoulder inflammation) is eligible to come off the 15-day DL but the Rockies are being cautious with the reliever. He has been on the disabled list twice for the same injury. "We’re not going to rush him back. We felt like we didn’t rush him back the first time, either," manager Walt Weiss said. "He felt real strong when he came back. We’ll be really cautious because it happened twice."
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (9-5, 3.35 ERA) brings a 2.04 ERA in his last four starts into his outing at Seattle on Thursday. Richards is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in his career against the Mariners.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 6.00) will open a four-game series against Atlanta on Thursday. Kendrick is 9-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 20 career starts against the Braves.