Gonzalez's 2-run homer lifts Rockies over Angels 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Carlos Gonzalez can't wait for September and the thrill of a tight playoff race.

He hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Tuesday night to split their series.

The Rockies moved into a tie with Arizona atop the NL West standings after the Diamondbacks lost to the Giants.

''It's going to be fun,'' Gonzalez said. ''It's going to be a big month ahead of us and every team in this division. We're going to face each other a lot and it's going to be a long stretch facing division rivals. We're excited and ready for the challenge.''

Kyle Freeland (12-7) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked two in his first career start against the Angels.

''It's definitely nice when your team puts runs on the board early for you,'' Freeland said. ''You don't have to be on the gas pedal from the get-go. You can make sure your mechanics are correct as you get everything going.''

Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth to earn his NL-leading 36th save, extending his career high.

The Rockies added a run in the seventh on Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly that scored Trevor Story, who singled and stole second.

The Angels trailed 2-1 in the fifth after David Fletcher's two-out RBI single. Fletcher went 3 for 4 with a strikeout.

Albert Pujols followed with a sacrifice fly that Blackmon snagged near the wall, scoring Fletcher, who singled, moved up on Mike Trout's sharp flyout and took third on Scott Oberg's wild pitch.

Freeland got a called third strike on Trout in the fifth with a runner on base.

''I held him inside and threw a fastball when he might have been looking for something off-speed,'' Freeland said.

The Angels stranded a runner in each of the first six innings. They have lost nine of 10.

Noe Ramirez (4-5) became the first player in Angels' history to earn a save one day and start the next day's game. But he didn't last long. The right-hander threw 22 pitches in the first, giving up Gonzalez's homer, before getting yanked.

''I was upset at myself for throwing that slider,'' Ramirez said. ''That's not really my bread and butter against lefties.''

It was Ramirez's first major-league save and start. He struck out two and walked none.

''I just couldn't execute a couple pitches early on,'' he said. ''You got to get locked in immediately.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Shohei Ohtani (sprained elbow ligament) will throw a bullpen session in the next couple days. His ''stuff looked great'' in a simulated game on Monday, according to manager Mike Scioscia, but the training staff needs to evaluate the two-way star before he's cleared to pitch in games. Ohtani wasn't in the lineup against the Rockies' left-handed starter, but he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... OF Justin Upton (left index finger laceration) returns on Thursday. The four stitches he received after handling a broken wine glass at home have yet to be removed. ... RHP Matt Shoemaker begins a rehab assignment at Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday.

DOG DAYS

The Angels have just one win at home since Aug. 10 against Oakland, and only three wins this month against a team that is .500 or better.

BULLPEN GAME

Ramirez became the 15th different starter for the Angels this season, second only to Tampa Bay with 16. Before his start, Ramirez had only allowed one homer in his last 11 relief appearances.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Off Wednesday before LHP Eric Lauer (5-7, 5.30 ERA) comes off the disabled list to start Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at San Diego.

Angels: After an off-day, they open a four-game series at AL West-leading Houston on Thursday. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-8, 4.25) starts.

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  • W: K. Freeland (12-7)L: N. Ramirez (4-5)S: W. Davis (36)
  • HR: COL - C. Gonzalez (15)
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D. LeMahieu 2B40000002.280.324.436.7600.0
C. Gonzalez RF31121100.294.348.495.8438.0
N. Arenado 3B40000022.305.387.568.955-1.0
T. Story SS41200021.291.347.538.8843.0
G. Parra LF40000002.282.333.372.7050.0
I. Desmond DH20010010.231.300.436.7360.5
R. McMahon 1B30000010.239.320.387.707-0.5
C. Iannetta C30000000.216.328.371.6990.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF40000011.225.285.400.685-0.5
    D. Fletcher 2B41310010.278.319.370.6894.5
    M. Trout CF30000113.311.460.6251.0850.5
    A. Pujols DH20010101.245.289.411.7002.0
    A. Simmons SS40200001.293.341.414.7564.0
    R. Rivera C40000033.244.287.439.726-1.5
    J. Marte 1B30000013.207.252.353.605-0.5
    a- S. Ohtani PH10000010.275.352.545.898-0.5
    T. Ward 3B40000031.182.250.341.591-1.5
    E. Young LF31100000.238.278.369.6472.0
    • a-struck out for Marte in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Blackmon 2 (21)
    • HR - C. Gonzalez (15)
    • SF - I. Desmond (4)
    • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (56), I. Desmond (75)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado 2 (2), G. Parra
    BATTING
    • SF - A. Pujols (3)
    • RBI - D. Fletcher (22), A. Pujols (64)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Fletcher (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2), A. Pujols, J. Marte 2 (2), T. Ward
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Story (21)
    • CS - T. Story (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Simmons (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (W, 12-7)6.05112602.901.2423.0
    S. Oberg (H, 9)2.01110202.831.115.0
    W. Davis (S, 36)1.00000304.801.1611.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (W, 12-7)6.0
    S. Oberg (H, 9)2.0
    W. Davis (S, 36)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Ramirez (L, 4-5)1.02220214.881.33-5.0
    J. Johnson1.00000003.741.283.0
    T. Cole3.01000203.630.999.0
    C. Bedrosian1.01001003.321.401.0
    T. Buttrey1.01110001.420.951.0
    J. Alvarez1.00000002.721.213.0
    B. Parker1.00000203.091.154.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Freeland, S. Oberg (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 99-63, S. Oberg 29-18, W. Davis 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-8, S. Oberg 1-3
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 25, S. Oberg 7, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Parker (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 22-15, J. Johnson 10-6, T. Cole 45-24, C. Bedrosian 12-7, T. Buttrey 18-11, J. Alvarez 10-8, B. Parker 23-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-4, C. Bedrosian 1-2, T. Buttrey 1-2, J. Alvarez 2-1, B. Parker 2-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 5, J. Johnson 3, T. Cole 9, C. Bedrosian 5, T. Buttrey 4, J. Alvarez 3, B. Parker 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Blackmon CF41200000.278.347.480.8275.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B40000002.280.324.436.7600.0
    C. Gonzalez RF31121100.294.348.495.8438.0
    N. Arenado 3B40000022.305.387.568.955-1.0
    T. Story SS41200021.291.347.538.8843.0
    G. Parra LF40000002.282.333.372.7050.0
    I. Desmond DH20010010.231.300.436.7360.5
    R. McMahon 1B30000010.239.320.387.707-0.5
    C. Iannetta C30000000.216.328.371.6990.0
    Total313531167-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Calhoun RF40000011.225.285.400.685-0.5
      D. Fletcher 2B41310010.278.319.370.6894.5
      M. Trout CF30000113.311.460.6251.0850.5
      A. Pujols DH20010101.245.289.411.7002.0
      A. Simmons SS40200001.293.341.414.7564.0
      R. Rivera C40000033.244.287.439.726-1.5
      J. Marte 1B30000013.207.252.353.605-0.5
      a- S. Ohtani PH10000010.275.352.545.898-0.5
      T. Ward 3B40000031.182.250.341.591-1.5
      E. Young LF31100000.238.278.369.6472.0
      Total32262021113-----
      • a-struck out for Marte in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Blackmon 2 (21)
      • HR - C. Gonzalez (15)
      • SF - I. Desmond (4)
      • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (56), I. Desmond (75)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado 2 (2), G. Parra
      BATTING
      • SF - A. Pujols (3)
      • RBI - D. Fletcher (22), A. Pujols (64)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Fletcher (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2), A. Pujols, J. Marte 2 (2), T. Ward
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Story (21)
      • CS - T. Story (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Simmons (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (W, 12-7)6.05112602.901.2423.0
      S. Oberg (H, 9)2.01110202.831.115.0
      W. Davis (S, 36)1.00000304.801.1611.5
      Total9.06222110---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (W, 12-7)6.0
      S. Oberg (H, 9)2.0
      W. Davis (S, 36)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Ramirez (L, 4-5)1.02220214.881.33-5.0
      J. Johnson1.00000003.741.283.0
      T. Cole3.01000203.630.999.0
      C. Bedrosian1.01001003.321.401.0
      T. Buttrey1.01110001.420.951.0
      J. Alvarez1.00000002.721.213.0
      B. Parker1.00000203.091.154.0
      Total9.0533161---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Ramirez (L, 4-5)1.0
      J. Johnson1.0
      T. Cole3.0
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      T. Buttrey1.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      B. Parker1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Freeland, S. Oberg (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 99-63, S. Oberg 29-18, W. Davis 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-8, S. Oberg 1-3
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 25, S. Oberg 7, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Parker (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 22-15, J. Johnson 10-6, T. Cole 45-24, C. Bedrosian 12-7, T. Buttrey 18-11, J. Alvarez 10-8, B. Parker 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-4, C. Bedrosian 1-2, T. Buttrey 1-2, J. Alvarez 2-1, B. Parker 2-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 5, J. Johnson 3, T. Cole 9, C. Bedrosian 5, T. Buttrey 4, J. Alvarez 3, B. Parker 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Pujols hit sacrifice fly to center, Fletcher scored32
      • 7TH INNING
        Desmond hit sacrifice fly to left, Story scored31
      • 5TH INNING
        Fletcher singled to center, Young scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right, Blackmon scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Parker relieved Jose Alvarez
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Scott Oberg
        • R. Rivera: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
        • Shohei Ohtani hit for Jefry Marte
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Ty Buttrey
        • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iannetta flied out to left
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to first
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Trout flied out to deep center, Fletcher to second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Fletcher to third on wild pitch, Pujols hit sacrifice fly to center, Fletcher scored
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Story reached on an infield single to first
        • G. Parra: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story stole second, Parra flied out to deep left, Story to third
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond hit sacrifice fly to left, Story scored
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
        • T. Ward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • E. Young: Ball, Young flied out to deep left
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Taylor Cole
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta flied out to deep center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon doubled to left
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to first, Blackmon to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • N. Arenado: Arenado lined out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols walked
        • A. Simmons: Simmons popped out to shortstop
        • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded into fielder's choice to third, Pujols out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Parra flied out to deep left
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ward struck out looking
        • E. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young singled to right center
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Young to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop, Young to third
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to center, Young scored
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to third
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado lined out to right
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story singled to left
        • G. Parra: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pujols grounded out to second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to left center
        • R. Rivera: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
        • J. Marte: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons stole second, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Taylor Cole relieved Jim Johnson
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iannetta grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young lined out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep center
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher singled to left
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Trout flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Jim Johnson relieved Noe Ramirez
        • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra flied out to deep left
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond lined out to center
        • R. McMahon: McMahon flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • R. Rivera: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Rivera lined out to center
        • J. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte lined out to left
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ward flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon doubled to deep right center
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike swinging, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to right, Blackmon to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez homered to right, Blackmon scored
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun flied out to deep right
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)