Rockies hammer Angels; Franchise record 9th straight road win

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Brad Hawpe celebrated his 30th birthday with a three-run homer, Seth Smith also went deep and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-1 on Monday night for their 17th victory in 18 games and club-record ninth straight on the road.

The Angels tied a club record with six wild pitches—all with Jeff Napoli behind the plate. One was by Rafael Rodriguez in the seventh inning that allowed Troy Tulowitzki to score, one by Jason Bulger(notes) in the ninth that enabled Ian Stewart to come home. The Halos also had six wild pitches on April 13, 1991 at Minnesota.

Aaron Cook (7-3) allowed a run and three hits over seven innings and struck out four, helping send 30-year-old rookie Matt Palmer(notes) to his first loss of the season.

The Rockies’ right-hander became the franchise’s all-time leader in victories with his 59th, surpassing Jason Jennings(notes), and also broke Pedro Astacio’s(notes) team record for road wins with his 30th.

Cook had only 12 big league wins to his credit when his career—and his life—were threatened because of blood clots that forced him out of a game he started at Coors Field on Aug. 7, 2004, and traveled from his pitching shoulder to both lungs. The right-hander made it all the way back from surgery four months into the 2005 campaign, and emerged as the Rockies’ opening day starter in 2007 after Jennings was traded to Houston in the offseason.

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The Angels have lost three straight following a season-best seven-game winning streak.

Palmer (6-1) threw 93 pitches in 4 2-3 innings, giving up six runs and seven hits. The right-hander was trying to join Jered Weaver(notes) as the only pitches in Angels history to win their first seven decisions with the club. Palmer is 1-1 with a 5.16 ERA over his last five starts, after winning each of his first five.

Before the game, the Angels placed right-hander Ervin Santana(notes) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 12, and recalled right-hander Sean O’Sullivan(notes) from Triple-A Salt Lake to start Tuesday night’s game against Ubaldo Jimenez(notes).

Colorado, 8-2 this season against AL teams, opened the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single by Stewart and a two-run single by designated hitter Seth Smith.

Morales got the Angels on the board in the fourth with a two-out homer, but the Rockies increased the margin to 6-1 in the fifth with Hawpe’s 11th homer after a single by Dexter Fowler(notes) and a two-out walk to Todd Helton(notes).

Colorado made it 8-1 in the sixth when Smith hit his fifth home run and Helton added a two-out RBI double.