Rockies 4, Angels 3 …
Ervin Santana was sharp in his first start since taking a liner off his right shoulder and Howie Kendrick blasted a three-run homer, but Francisco Rodriguez surrendered two runs in the ninth and the Rockies wound up with a walk-off win.
Santana was asked what was the one thing he took away from his start. The answer came easy. “My shoulder was healthy,” he said with a smile. The right-hander was hit by an Alexei Ramirez comebacker on Wednesday, but you could hardly tell when he took his regular turn against the Rockies on Monday. Using mostly his patented fastball-slider combo, Santana hurled four scoreless innings, giving up just two singles and one walk while striking out four against the Rockies’ everyday lineup.
Kendrick, once again hitting in front of Albert Pujols as the No. 2 hitter, continued his hot spring with the homer to left-center field. He’s now hitting .467 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in Cactus League play.
Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins threw a perfect fifth inning in his fourth appearance.
Rodriguez, looking to bounce back from shoulder woes to win a spot in the bullpen, had hurled five scoreless innings coming into Monday, then got shelled for three runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Peter Bourjos went 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts.
Jason Isringhausen gave up a walk, two hits and a run in his lone inning of work while making his second appearance.
Daily Pujols update: 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout; now batting .423 this spring.
Mike Scioscia, on Rodriguez’s first shaky outing: “He had been pitching well for us, but he didn’t look like he was finishing his pitches, getting the extension. [He was] guiding the ball a little bit. They hit a couple balls that found holes, but he wasn’t quite as sharp this outing as he had been this spring.”
Best play (that I saw)
Non-roster invitee Ryan Langerhans had a rough time defensively in the early part of spring, but he made a nice diving catch to his right in left field to take away extra bases in the eighth.