- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Just hours after Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols confirmed he would participate in the Home Run Derby, Chad Bettis left him a pitch up in the zone.

The AL All-Star crushed it for a three-run home run in the first inning, Mike Trout added another three-run shot in the second inning and the Angels took Bettis deep four times in the Rockies’ 10-2 loss on Tuesday night.

Matt Joyce and Chris Iannetta also went homered to hand Colorado its fifth loss in six games.

“I missed four pitches up and it did damage,” said Bettis, who gave up 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

It was the roughest outing of the season for Bettis (4-4), who had become a bright spot in the Rockies’ rotation. He took a no-hitter into the eighth at Philadelphia on May 29 and had allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his first 10 starts.

“Chad had been one of our most-consistent starters and had been throwing the ball really well for us,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “(Today) he had a lot of balls in the middle of the plate, belt high, and they didn’t miss them.”

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney (2-0) had another impressive outing in just his third career start. He allowed two runs and eight hits and struck out five in 7 1/3 innings. He surrendered a solo home run to Drew Stubbs in the third and an RBI single to Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth that extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Heaney’s outing was more than enough for the offense. Pujols’ three-run shot in the first inning, his AL-leading 26th homer of the season, gave the Angels a quick 3-0 lead. Joyce then made it 5-0 with his fourth home run of the year in the second, and Trout hit his 22nd later in the inning to make it 8-0.

Iannetta ended Bettis’ night with a two-run homer in the third, his third of the season.

“It makes it tougher when you’re playing from behind in all aspects of the game,” Weiss said. “Starting pitching tends to set the tone.”

Colorado tried to rally in the eighth. Charlie Blackmon reached on a one-out single, his third of the night, and went to third on DJ LeMahieu’s single.

Fernando Salas relieved Heaney, struck out Tulowitzki and got Nolan Arenado to fly out to right to end the inning.


Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (left hip inflammation) threw on flat ground Tuesday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He will be evaluated before the All-Star break to determine if he needs a rehab start.

Rockies: Transferred 1B Justin Morneau to the 60-day DL. Manager Walt Weiss said Morneau hasn’t had any setbacks and the move was made to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Morneau has been out since mid-May with concussion symptoms.


Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91) has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last seven starts. He is facing the Rockies for the first time.

Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27) is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two Coors Field starts this season. He has not allowed a home run at home this season.

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