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Angels score 13 runs in third inning vs. Rockies

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DENVER — It was three pitches, three homers for the Angels as part of an incredible 13-run third inning in Saturday’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field. It was the first time in nearly three years a club homered on three consecutive pitches, and the 13-run frame tied a franchise record set in both 1978 and 1997.

Superstar Mike Trout started it off with a solo blast on a 1-0 fastball from right-hander Chase Anderson to open the frame, before Brandon Drury followed with a solo shot of his own on a first-pitch cutter. Matt Thaiss then jumped all over a first-pitch curveball for a dinger to give the Angels back-to-back-to-back homers for the second time this season.

The last time the Angels hit three consecutive homers was against the Royals on April 23, when Taylor Ward, Trout and Shohei Ohtani did it. And the last time a team accomplished the feat on just three pitches was the Yankees, who coincidentally also homered on three straight pitches from Anderson on Sept. 17, 2020.

Trout got it started with his 17th homer of the year and his second in as many days. Drury connected on his 13th blast of the year, while it was the fourth homer of the season for Thaiss.

All three homers were crushed into the thin Colorado air, as Trout’s left the bat at 110.5 mph and went a Statcast-projected 451 feet to center field, while Drury’s had an exit velocity of 105 mph and went a projected 437 feet to left-center and Thaiss’ exited the bat at 108.5 mph and traveled a projected 399 feet to right.

It sparked a 13-run inning for the Angels, as Ward and Ohtani later added RBI singles. Trout came up again with two outs but walked to set up a two-run single from Drury, who had three RBIs in the frame. Thaiss also walked with two outs to load the bases for Hunter Renfroe, who cleared them with a double.

New addition Eduardo Escobar followed with an RBI single before Mickey Moniak ripped a two-run homer to give the Angels a 15-0 lead.

The four homers in the inning tied an Angels franchise record, matching a feat also carried out on May 28, 2000, in Kansas City.

David Fletcher grounded out to end the third, an inning that also saw the Angels rack up 10 hits and three walks.

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