- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have endured innumerable misfortunes during their four-year streak of losing seasons and their current 10-game losing skid, which is their longest in a decade.

Albert Pujols sparking an eighth-inning rally by stealing second? That’s a new one, even for the Rockies.

Pujols stole second base and scored the tiebreaking run on Johnny Giavotella’s single in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended the Rockies’ miserable stretch with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night.

After Pujols snapped his 0-for-13 skid with a leadoff single against Rafael Betancourt (0-1), the Rockies reliever wasn’t even in his windup when Pujols surprised every soul in Angel Stadium by taking off for second, stealing his first base of the season by a mile.

Betancourt clearly hadn’t even though about holding Pujols close, but who can blame him? Pujols hadn’t stolen a base since Aug. 16.

“Typically, Albert’s not a base stealer, so Raffy wasn’t paying a lot of attention to him over there,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “Albert timed him up and guessed right and took off.”

Corey Dickerson had an RBI double for the Rockies, who have lost 16 of 20 since their 7-2 start. Colorado blew an early 2-0 lead and then lost when Pujols sparked the Angels’ rally, extending the third-longest losing streak in franchise history.

After Pujols scored on Giavotella’s single, the stadium was buzzing. The stolen base was the 99th of Pujols’ 2,148-game career.

“Albert is a smart baseball player,” Rockies catcher Nick Hundley said. “He plays the game hard and plays the right way, so you’ve got to give him credit. We know that he’s a timely baserunner and he tries to pick his spots. He’s done it for years.”

After Giavotella came up with his sixth game-winning RBI of his first season with Los Angeles, Matt Joyce then drove in two more runs with a hit-and-run double to center for the Angels, who have won five of seven. Joyce’s hit snapped his 0-for-12 slump and gave him his first three-RBI game with his new team.

Until the eighth, the Rockies were solid behind a fine start by Kyle Kendrick, who began the night with baseball’s highest ERA after yielding 32 runs in his previous 26 innings. The right-hander pitched seven innings of seven-hit ball without a walk, lowering his ERA from 8.73 to 7.65.

“I got in a groove early and stuck with it,” Kendrick said. “I wanted to establish my sinker and changeup early and work off of that. I really wanted to just focus on pitching down, because when I’ve gotten hit, everything was up.”

C.J. Wilson (2-2) pitched eight innings of five-hit ball for the Angels, striking out six and walking one to end his five start winless streak. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Kole Calhoun had two doubles among his three hits and also made a spectacular diving catch on Charlie Blackmon’s sinking flare in the fifth inning. Mike Trout went 0 for 3.

NEW GUY

Marc Krauss made his Angels debut, going 0 for 3 and playing first base. Los Angeles hopes he’ll provide a left-hitting option in their righty-heavy lineup.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP LaTroy Hawkins pitched in early batting practice, facing hitters for the first time since going on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Angels: Krauss played first base because Scioscia wanted to rest Pujols’ legs for a second straight day.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.42 ERA) has lost his last two starts, both against Arizona.

Angels: Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.57 ERA) wraps up Los Angeles’ nine-game homestand with his seventh start of a solid season.

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