The Angels in the outfield probably couldn’t save the Colorado Rockies from a historic loss on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Angels used a 13-run third inning to help beat their National League West opponent on the road, 25-1. Mike Trout, Brandon Drury and Matt Thaiss hit back-to-back home runs in the inning as the Angels set a franchise record for runs, hits (28) and margin of victory in a game and tied team records for runs and home runs with their big third entrance. .
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«We were aggressive,» Angels manager Phil Nevin said. «We attack pitches in the zone. Hitting gets contagious sometimes. Big guys get into something like that (in the third), it lights up the clubhouse.»
Los Angeles put eight more runs on the board in the fourth with the help of David Fletcher’s three-run homer. He had three hits and five RBIs in his first game in the majors since he was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City.
«I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that, honestly,» Fletcher said. «To start with three home runs in a row, pretty incredible. Hopefully we save some for tomorrow.»
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The 24-run win is the third-highest margin of victory in the majors since 1900. The Texas Rangers topped the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 in 2007 and the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns 29-4 in 1950.
«It’s a game,» Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Mickey Moniak finished the game 5-for-5 with four RBIs and a home run in the wild third inning. Hunter Renfroe also went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and two doubles. Fletcher finished 4 of 6.
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Colorado used four pitchers. Starter Chase Anderson took the brunt of it, allowing nine runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Breton Doyle had the solo home run in the loss.
Associated Press contributed to this report.