Jhoulys Chacin Strikes Out 12, But The Rockies Fall To The Angels 10-3

The Rockies take on the Angels at 1:35 in the last game of their interleague series.

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Jhoulys Chacin Strikes Out 12, But The Rockies Fall To The Angels 10-3

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Napoli’s three-run shot in the fourth put the Angels ahead for good, as Los Angeles defeated the Colorado Rockies, 10-3, in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set.

Napoli’s 13th home run of the season in a four-run inning helped the Angels win their seventh game out of 10 and third straight interleague series. Brandon Wood added his first career grand slam in a five-run eighth.

Ervin Santana (8-5) earned the win after allowing three runs, eight hits and a walk while fanning seven in 6 2/3 solid frames.

Ian Stewart homered for the Rockies, who have lost three of four. Carlos Gonzalez added three hits, and Clint Barmes went 2-for-4 with an RBI in defeat.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-7) gave up five runs in six innings, although just two were earned. He struck out a career-high 12 while allowing five hits and three walks in the outing.

The Rockies grabbed the early lead on Stewart’s solo homer in the second and Jason Giambi’s RBI double in the fourth, but the Angels went in front for good in the home fourth.

With one down, Bobby Abreu tripled to left before a two-out rally netted four runs. Two batters later, Hideki Matsui singled to score Abreu, and Juan Rivera reached on a fielding error to keep the inning alive. Napoli made Colorado pay, launching a three-run homer to left for a 4-2 advantage.

In the fifth, Howie Kendrick’s double play groundout plated another run, although the Rockies remained within two on Barmes’ RBI single in the seventh.

The visitors would get no closer, however, as Kevin Jepsen pitched around a two-out infield single in a scoreless eighth. The Angels broke the game wide open in the home half on Rivera’s RBI double and Wood’s grand slam.

With a seven-run lead at that point, the outcome was all but sealed.

The Angels are 17-8 in June and 11-7 in interleague play…Chacin has lost five of his last six decisions…Wood notched his third home run of the season, while Abreu’s triple was his first…Colorado went 9-6 in interleague play.

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Rockies Look To Take Road Series Against Angels

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(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will try to win their third straight interleague series today, as they wrap up a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium.

On Saturday, Hideki Matsui blasted a grand slam in the first inning, providing all the necessary offense in the Angels' 4-2 win over the Rockies.

Matsui hit his sixth career grand slam and first since 2008 with the Yankees, as the Angels snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in nine games. Additionally, LA avoided what could have been a three-game sweep, which marks the 76th consecutive home series in which the Angels have not been swept.

Joe Saunders (6-8) improved to 25-9 in his career following a team loss after allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks in seven strong innings. Brian Fuentes recorded his 13th save.

"I was working on stuff in the bullpen," Saunders said. "My curve ball and slider were working good tonight. I was just trying to be more consistent."

Clint Barmes homered for the Rockies, who lost for only the third time in nine games.

Aaron Cook (2-5) went the distance in the loss, allowing three earned runs, four hits and a walk. Following his shaky first inning that ended up costing him the game, he set the Angels down in order six times, giving up only two more baserunners -- both in the seventh.

"It was unfortunate for Cook because I feel that was as good as he's pitched all year," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "That was a winning performance, and he has nothing to show for it tonight."

Getting the ball for Colorado today will be Jhoulys Chacin, who is coming off his first win in nearly a month. On Tuesday, the right-hander ended a personal four-game skid by allowing just four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings of 2-1 win over Boston.

The 22-year-old, who has never faced the Angels before, has dropped three straight outings on the road, but still owns a solid 2.35 ERA away from home this season.

Ervin Santana will head to the hill for the Angels today trying to build off a solid outing on Tuesday. After allowing 10 earned runs over his two previous starts, the right-hander gave up just three earned runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 6-3 triumph against the Dodgers earlier this week.

In his only career start against the Rockies, Santana gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings. He left without a decision in a 6-2 home loss in 2006.

The Rockies have won four of seven in the series after the Angels took 12 of 13 meetings from Colorado.

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