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Abreu, Angels edge Rockies, move into first-place tie in AL West

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Colorado Rockies shouldn't have been too upset after losing for only the second time in 19 games. It was the way they lost that left everyone in the clubhouse as glum as a team on a 10-game skid.

Bobby Abreu drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning after third baseman Ian Stewart messed up two bunt plays, and the Los Angeles Angels won 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Rockies had won six consecutive overall and a club-record nine in a row on the road.

"We're a good ballclub and we don't give up," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "When you beat a team like that, the hottest team in baseball, that says something. That was big for us."

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The victory, coupled with Texas' 8-2 loss at Arizona, put the two-time defending AL West champions into a first-place tie for the first time since their opening day win against Oakland.

Troy Tulowizki's two home runs and three RBI helped Ubaldo Jimenez (6-7) take a 3-2 lead into the eighth. He walked Jeff Mathis leading off the inning, and Erick Aybar was credited with a bunt single after Stewart fielded the ball up the line and looked toward second before throwing late to first.

"When [Stewart] fielded the ball on the first bunt and looked to second, you've got to be mindful of who's going down the line," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who is 19-6 since replacing Clint Hurdle said. "If you get the out at first base, it changes the complexion of the entire inning."

Chone Figgins followed with a bunt toward the mound and Jimenez got it to third in time for an apparent force, but Stewart didn't have his foot on the bag when he took the throw. Abreu, 2 for 17 before that at-bat, worked the count to 3-1 before singling to right.

"Jimenez made a terrific play on the bunt that followed. And if we're on the bag, we've got an out at third base," Tracy said. "But we didn't get either one, which set up the dramatics for them to get the big hit. It's obviously a tough game to lose."

Juan Rivera homered for the Angels and Kevin Jepsen (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the victory. Former Rockies closer Brian Fuentes recorded three outs for his 20th save in 23 chances, tying San Diego's Heath Bell for the major league lead.

Fuentes was a three-time All-Star with Colorado, and his 115 saves are the franchise record.

"I have fond memories of playing there. It was awesome," Fuentes said. "I was well-received by the fans and I enjoyed playing there for the time I did. But it was time to move on."

Jimenez allowed four runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings and struck out five. The critical eighth-inning walk was his only one of the game.

"We hung in there against a guy who has a great arm," Hunter said. "Jimenez had nasty stuff. He struck Bobby out twice, but Bobby came through in the end and picked us up big-time. Bobby's a veteran hitter, and when the situation calls for it, he's ready for it."

Sean O'Sullivan gave up three runs and five hits in his second major league start. The 21-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday when Ervin Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his triceps.

The Rockies were trailing 2-1 when Brad Hawpe led off the sixth with a single. Two pitches later, Tulowitzki hit a towering drive off the left-field pole for his second homer of the game and 12th this season, the most among big league shortstops. The multihomer effort was the first of his career and the fifth this season by a Rockies player.

Notes

  • Angels DH Vladimir Guerrero, who came in with only one homer in 128 at-bats this season, had his trademark dreadlocks cut off Tuesday before he got to the ballpark.
  • The Rockies have homered in a season-high seven consecutive games.
 
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With catcher Chris Iannetta looking on, Bobby Abreu takes off after connecting for a single. (AP)
With catcher Chris Iannetta looking on, Bobby Abreu takes off after connecting for a single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Mathis
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF2000001 .265
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH1000011 .206
Clint Barmes, 2B5000034 .279
Todd Helton, 1B2010201 .321
Brad Hawpe, DH4110006 .333
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3223100 .266
Ian Stewart, 3B4000011 .223
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4000020 .180
Chris Iannetta, C3010000 .237
Seth Smith, LF1010100 .303
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF0000100 .268
Totals2936357  
a-struck out for Fowler in the 9th
b-walked for Smith in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (19, O'Sullivan), Seth Smith (5, O'Sullivan)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (12, O'Sullivan, O'Sullivan)
SH - Dexter Fowler 2 (10), Ryan Spilborghs (3)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 3 (30)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (8, 2nd base off Bulger/Mathis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,6-7) 7744151 3.83
Joel Peralta 1000000 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 115-70, Joel Peralta 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 12-4, Joel Peralta 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 29, Joel Peralta 2
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B3011001 .323
Bobby Abreu, RF4012021 .293
Torii Hunter, CF4000001 .311
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4000011 .273
Juan Rivera, LF3111000 .310
Kendry Morales, 1B3000020 .269
Maicer Izturis, 2B3010000 .278
Jeff Mathis, C2220100 .212
Erick Aybar, SS3110003 .274
Totals2947415  
Batting
2B - Jeff Mathis (2, Jimenez)
HR - Juan Rivera (11, Jimenez)
SH - Chone Figgins (5)
RBI - Chone Figgins (20), Bobby Abreu 2 (37), Juan Rivera (38)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (19)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Aybar-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Sean O'Sullivan 5633332 3.00
Darren Oliver 1000020 3.30
Jason Bulger 1000200 5.10
Kevin Jepsen (W,2-2) 1000000 11.81
Brian Fuentes (S,20) 1000020 4.07
HBP - Iannetta (by Brian Fuentes)
WP - Jason Bulger (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 101-57, Darren Oliver 16-10, Jason Bulger 20-10, Kevin Jepsen 9-7, Brian Fuentes 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 7-4, Jason Bulger 3-0, Kevin Jepsen 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 23, Darren Oliver 3, Jason Bulger 5, Kevin Jepsen 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42233
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Angel Campos