Angels 2, Colorado 1 (11 innings)
KEY MOMENT: Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who leaped at the wall to rob Troy Tulowitzki of a homer in the 10th inning, made a running catch of Daniel Descalso's fly to shallow center in the 11th and threw home to nail Carlos Gonzalez to end the inning. Gonzalez, who had tagged up, was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned after a 1-minute, 11-second instant-replay review that showed catcher Carlos Perez applied the tag before Gonzalez's foot hit the plate.
AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a leadoff single in the bottom of the 11th. Pinch-runner Taylor Featherston took third on Kole Calhoun's single off the right-field wall, and Trout was walked intentionally to load the bases. Albert Pujols lifted a sacrifice fly to left for the Angels' third walk-off win this season and the 17th walk-off RBI of Pujols' career. The Angels tied the score, 1-1, in the seventh when Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded single to center, but Pujols, who had doubled, was thrown out trying to score from second. The Rockies got two-out singles by Wilin Rosario, Justin Morneau and Drew Stubbs for a run in the fourth. Colorado lost its 11th game in a row.
ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Hector Santiago threw one of the best games of his Angels career, allowing one run and seven hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking none. Mike Morin allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith struck out two in a one-two-three eighth, Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth, and Fernando Salas threw a scoreless 10th. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was knocked out of the game by a Pujols liner that hit Lyles in the back of the right hand in the first. X-rays were negative. Former UC Irvine standout Christian Bergman replaced Lyles and allowed one run and three hits in 51/3 strong innings.
BEHIND THE PLATE: Perez made his sixth start in eight games since being recalled from triple A, a good indication he has replaced the struggling Chris Iannetta (.101) as starting catcher. “When a guy plays well, he's going to earn more playing time, and that's what Carlos has done,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We're going to need them both. How time is split will be contingent on production.”
MANAGER DOWN: Rockies Manager Walt Weiss was taken to a hospital before batting practice because of stomach discomfort and underwent an appendectomy. Bench coach Tom Runnells managed the club in Weiss' absence.
UP NEXT: The Angels are off Thursday.