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White can't get Hunter, Rockies lose 7-2 to Angels

Alex White felt he was close to making his best start of the season for the Colorado Rockies.

"I felt I had good stuff and I battled enough to get some big outs," said White, who was acquired by the Colorado Rockies along with Drew Pomeranz in a trade deadline deal from Cleveland for Ubaldo Jimenez. "Only I made some mistakes."

Two to be exact. Both to Torii Hunter.

Hunter homered twice and drove in six runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over the Rockies on Friday night.

"Hunter got two good pitches to hit," White said. "And he didn't miss them."

White (2-4), bidding to win his third straight decision, allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

Hunter hit two-run homers in the third and fifth innings, raising his season total to eight including three in two games.

"I missed in his second at-bat with a two-seam fastball," White said of the 426-foot shot to straightaway center. "I left it in the middle third and he hit it well."

Even more discouraging to White was Hunter's second homer.

"I got ahead 0-2 and we lost that at-bat when I gave him two split fingers for balls," White said. "Then, I hung a slider to him over the middle of the plate."

Hunter nearly reached Todd Helton's hamburger stand on the concourse beyond the left field fence, 448 feet from home plate.

Hunter added a two-run single in the ninth off Esmil Rogers, and Albert Pujols followed with a two-out RBI double.

"I'm not displeased at all with what Alex White gave to us tonight," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "Unfortunately the guy on the other side really was terrific."

Showing no fear of pitching in hitter-friendly Coors Field, C.J. Wilson (7-4) retired his first 11 batters before Carlos Gonzalez reached on a bunt single. Wilson was one over the minimum until the sixth, when he gave up two of his five hits.

Helton had two hits and Jordan Pacheco had an RBI triple for the Rockies, who have lost three straight.

Marco Scutaro doubled in Colorado's run with two outs in the sixth. Pacheco's two-out triple in the ninth scored Helton to make it 7-2

NOTES: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin strain) did some light running before batting practice. He is projected to return to the lineup when Colorado plays Detroit next weekend. ... The Rockies have not made it official yet that LHP Jeff Francis, their former ace, will start Saturday's game. A corresponding move would be announced before the game.