Mike Trout and Torii Hunter both registered three hits and three runs scored
for the Angels, who have won three of four. Alberto Callaspo and Howie
Kendrick also had three hits to go with a run scored apiece.
Dan Haren (4-6) wobbled through 5 1/3 innings, surrendering four solo homers
among his 10 hits allowed, but got the win. He fanned four and walked one.
Francis (0-1), who spent the first six years of his MLB career with Colorado
and is fourth on the franchise's win list with 55, was shelled for eight runs
on 10 hits and a walk in just 3 1/3 frames.
'I know I've got a lot more than that to offer this team,' said Francis. 'I'll
continue to work hard to bounce back from it.'
Tyler Colvin hit two homers, while Carlos Gonzalez, Marco Scutaro and Chris
Nelson also went deep for the Rockies, who have dropped four in a row.
The Angels pushed across at least a run in each of the first four frames and
held an 8-2 advantage heading into the fifth.
Pujols brought home a run with a sacrifice fly and Hunter crossed the plate on
a Francis wild pitch to make it 2-0 in favor of the Angels before Scutaro
pulverized a solo shot off the foul pole in left, which cut the deficit to 2-1
after an inning of play.
Trout slapped a two-out, two-run single to center while Pujols' run-scoring
base hit pushed the Angels' margin to 5-1 in the second.
'When you're winning, the attitude is a lot better,' said Trout. 'We're coming
together as a team, hitting and pitching well and it's been awesome.'
Once again, the Rockies got a run back in the home half as Colvin belted a
leadoff homer to right-center, cutting the margin to 5-2.
RBI groundouts by Erick Ayber and Mark Trumbo in the third and fourth,
respectively, padded the Angels lead before Kendrick's run-scoring base hit to
center made it 8-2.
Gonzalez and Nelson's solo homers in the fifth and sixth, respectively, were
sandwiched around Pujols' two-run opposite-field blast in the sixth.
Colvin's second round-tripper in the seventh came before Trumbo's RBI
groundout in the eighth, which concluded the scoring.
With Colorado, the 31-year-old Francis posted a 55-50 mark to go with a 4.77
ERA and 603 strikeouts in 882 2/3 innings pitched. Francis spent last season
with the Kansas City Royals, registering a 6-16 record with a 4.82 ERA and 91
strikeouts in 183 innings pitched...Before the game, the Rockies designated
pitcher Esmil Rogers for assignment...Trout also stole two bases, giving him
13 for the year.