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Jared Walsh hits game-winning homer in extras

He’s been hot at the plate

Los Angeles Angels v Colorado Rockies Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The hottest hitter on the Angels this past week has been Jared Walsh. Entering the game, he had hit a home run in three consecutive games. Well, he made it four tonight, with arguably his biggest over the stretch. Walsh hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the 11th inning, helping give the Angels to 5-2 victory over the Rockies.

Beginning the inning with a runner on second, Andrelton Simmons walked to put runners on first and second with one out. After evening the count at 1-1, Walsh connected and launched it into the Denver sky.

Over his last five games, Walsh is now 9-for-20 with four homers, 10 runs driven in and six runs scored. His bat has been needed, and it was desperately needed tonight, as the Angels struggled to score runs in a hitter friendly park.

The Angels had a chance for a big inning in the fourth. They had the bases loaded with only one out, but managed to put only one run on the board. Max Stassi brought in the first run of the night for LA with a sacrifice fly, but Jo Adell proceeded to fly out to end the inning.

The Halos put their next run on the board in the sixth inning courtesy of a double from Albert Pujols. For the future Hall-of-Famer, that was double No. 669, putting him in fifth place in MLB history in doubles.

Speaking of a hitter friendly park, the Rockies’ offense couldn’t do much against the Angels’ pitching. For the game, Colorado scored only two runs on six hits. If you could limit the Rockies to only six hits in an 11-inning contest in Denver, you’ll take that every day of the week.

Jaime Barria got the start for the Halos, giving them 5 13 innings of two-run ball. He was solid for them, but the bullpen really did an incredible job of shutting things down and keeping the Angels in the game. They threw 5 23 innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit and issuing zero walks.

Saturday particulars

WP: Ty Buttrey (2-3) 1 IP, 0 ER

LP: Tyler Kinley (0-2) 1 23 IP, 2 ER

SV: Matt Andriese (1) 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 SO

HR: Jared Walsh (5)

Up next

The Angels will look to get the series win tomorrow, as Andrew Heaney (3-3, 4.04 ERA) will take the bump. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West.