The Colorado Rockies (24-35) battled back to tie the game at 6-6 in only the second inning yesterday, but the visiting Los Angeles Angels (32-29) had more firepower than Colorado could keep up with, and the Rockies fell for the fifth straight time, losing to L.A. 10-8. The Rockies are off today before hosting the Oakland Athletics (26-35) tomorrow night.

Rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich -- winner of his previous three starts -- coughed up nine runs, eight earned, and 10 hits in four innings on Sunday afternoon. As has often been the case, the Rockies made it a game.

The Rockies battled back with home runs by Tyler Colvin -- his third in two games -- and Carlos Gonzalez, his team-leading 16th and second in as many games during a five-run second inning. They were close enough in the ninth for manager Jim Tracy to end up being ejected over a call that cost the Rockies a precious out.

Part of the problem was that the Angels, winners of 14 of their last 18, had two three-run homers from Mark Trumbo and a two-run Torii Hunter shot -- all off of Friedrich (4-2) -- before having to hold on at the end. The Angels scored 28 runs in the series, and the top three hitters in their lineup, Mike Trout, Hunter and Albert Pujols, went 23-for-40.

Now the Rockies must win Tuesday in the opener of another Interleague series, against the Athletics, at Coors to keep from falling to 12 games under .500, which would match their season-worst record.

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