KEY MOMENT: With two on and one out in the first inning, Rockies starter Chad Bettis jumped ahead of Albert Pujols with an 0-and-2 count. The right-hander tried to elevate a fastball but did not elevate it nearly enough. Pujols crushed the pitch over the 390-foot sign in left-center field for his major league-leading 54th interleague homer, and the rout was on.
AT THE PLATE: The Angels matched a club record by scoring 10 or more runs in three straight games. Chris Iannetta is hitting .193 on the season but .263 with a .388 on-base percentage in his last 33 games. Matt Joyce (.194) has a .360 OBP in his last 44 games. Mike Trout donned an elbow guard after getting hit by a pitch in the first, the third time he has been hit in the left elbow in two weeks. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki singled in the sixth to extend his hit streak to 19 games.
ON THE MOUND: Andrew Heaney, relying on well-placed fastballs and dirt-diving sliders, held the Rockies to two runs and eight hits in 71/3 innings, striking out five and walking none to improve to 2-0 with a 1.77 earned-run average in three starts, making a strong case to remain in the rotation after Jered Weaver returns from a hip injury. “When a guy is throwing the ball like Andrew, there's no doubt he's got the opportunity to win a spot long-term,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.
LEFT OUT: Huston Street and Hector Santiago took their All-Star omissions in stride. “When you have a realistic chance of making it, you're bummed when you don't, because it's such a special place to be,” said Street, who has a 2.34 ERA and 23 saves. “Sometimes you get the call, sometimes you don't.” Said Santiago, who is 5-4 with a 2.40 ERA, fourth-best in the AL: “I was hoping for it, but I wasn't expecting it.”
SHRINE WORTHY: Pitchers Dean Chance and Mike Witt and outfielder Tim Salmon will be inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame on Aug. 22. Chance won the Cy Young Award with the Angels in 1964. Witt threw the only perfect game in franchise history. Salmon hit .282 with 299 homers in 14 years and helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91 ERA) will oppose Colorado left-hander Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27) at Coors Field on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. PDT TV: FS West; Radio: 830.