KEY MOMENT: Albert Pujols snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a single to lead off the eighth inning and got a head start of five or six steps while reliever Rafael Betancourt was in the stretch, stealing second without a throw. David Freese struck out, but Erick Aybar walked, Johnny Giavotella singled to right to score Pujols for a 3-2 lead, and Matt Joyce laced a hit-and-run, two-run double to right-center to make it 5-2.
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a single to bump his average to .310. The Angels scored twice in the fourth when Aybar singled, took third on Giavotella’s single and scored on Joyce’s groundout and Carlos Perez lined an RBI single to center. The Rockies, who have lost 10 straight, scored in the third on Troy Tulowitzki’s sacrifice fly and in the fourth on doubles by Justin Morneau and Corey Dickerson.
ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking one, to improve to 2-2 with a 2.63 earned-run average. The left-hander has allowed two runs or less in six of seven starts. Colorado right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who entered with a major league-high 8.73 ERA, held the Angels to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Angels closer Huston Street struck out two of three in the ninth for his 11th save.
IN THE FIELD: Calhoun raced in from right field and made a full-extension diving catch of Charlie Blackmon’s flare for the second out of the fifth. Joyce reached over the wall in foul territory to make a nice catch of Wilin Rosario’s fly ball to left in the second.
ON THE FARM: Triple-A Salt Lake catcher Jett Bandy went three for four with two homers against Tacoma on Tuesday and is batting .390 (23 for 59) with four homers in 17 games. Left-hander Andrew Heaney allowed one earned run in seven innings, striking out nine and walking three, to improve to 5-0 with a 3.62 ERA.
ROSTER MOVE: To make room for outfielder/first baseman Marc Krauss, who was called up from triple-A Tuesday, reliever Ryan Mattheus, who threw one scoreless inning since being called up last week, was designated for assignment.
UP NEXT: Left-hander Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.57 ERA) will oppose Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.42 ERA) at Angel Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV — FS West. Radio — 830.