Colroado Rockies outfelder Carlos Gonzalez rounds second base after hitting a two-run home run during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Angels. (Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rockies needed a bounce-back win.
And as they have so many times this year, they got one.
Thanks to a timely home run by Carlos Gonzalez, a gritty effort by starting left-hander Kyle Freeland and great work by the bullpen, the Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2, just one night after a heartbreaking defeat.
Carlos Gonzalez launched a two-run home run in the first inning and Freeland took it from there. He held the Angels to one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings. He is now 12-7.
Ian Desmond hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Scott Oberg pitched the seventh and eighth innings and gave up a run. Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth and locked down his 36th save.
With the Giants 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks, the Rockies are again tied for first with Arizona in the N.L. West.
The Rockies get Wednesday off before starting a four-game series against the Padres in San Diego on Thursday, Aug. 30. Coverage of Thursday's game starts at 7:30 p.m. MDT on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Rockies Jack Corrigan had the call of Gonzalez's two-run home run in the first inning.
After Tuesday's win, KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Rockies Jerry Schemmel caught up with closer Wade Davis.
Updated N.L. West standings through Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Updated N.L. Wild Card standings through Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Postgame comments from Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland.
Postgame comments from Rockies manager Bud Black.