- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies got plenty of hits Wednesday night. Problem was, not enough of them came when it counted.

Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 20 games, and Nolan Arenado and Nick Hundley had three hits apiece for the Rockies in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Mike Trout homered twice and Johnny Giavotella singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Angels to their fifth straight win.

Tulowitzki’s hitting streak is 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.

Colorado outhit the Angels 13-9 but stranded 13 runners in losing for the ninth time in 11 games.

“We didn’t get the big hit today,” manager Walt Weiss said. “We couldn’t take advantage of our chances.”

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).

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.

“I knew he didn’t catch it clean,” Weiss said. “He hit it towards the end of the bat and hit it to the deepest part of the park.”

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.

“I tried to throw a curveball for a strike. It stayed up a little bit more in this altitude,” Axford said. “It was a Denver curveball.”

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 first home run, I left it up and he just went and got it,” Rusin said. “It wasn’t located too well. The second one, he got it.”

ALL WET

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.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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,” Weiss said. “He felt real strong when he came back. We’ll be really cautious because it happened twice.”

UP NEXT

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.


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