By Pete Zarustica
The long hot summer for the Los Angeles Angels – in the form of a six-game losing streak – came to an end on Monday night in a wild contest at the Big A in which the Halos rallied for a 10-7 win.
It contained elements from the teams’ recent and distant past: a bullpen collapse and a dramatic come-from-behind late surge.The win put the Angels’ record at 64-68, leaving the possibility of a black ink finish alive.
After the home team built an early 5-2 lead, the Rockies (71-60) rocked the Angels’ hopes for relief from their weeklong skid when D.J. LeMahieu hit a grand slam home run in the top of the eighth to put the visitors ahead 7-5.
But the Orange County team replied with a five-run rally, keyed by Eric Young Jr.’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth which allowed the Halos to retake the lead. A Colorado error allowed the Angels to tack on two more runs.
“That’s baseball,” said Young. “They had that inning where they took the lead. I’m just more excited and proud of everybody around here that stayed resilient. We took our fair share at the plate, and it worked out for us tonight.”
The Angels had 10 hits, two of them – by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani – home runs. Kole Calhoun had three hits, including a double.
Next up will be a game on Tuesday with Noe Ramirez (4-4) starting for the Angels against the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland (11-7) at 7:07 p.m.