Kendrick homers for Angels in 4-3 loss to Rockies


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Howie Kendrick launched his third homer of the spring and Ervin Santana threw four scoreless innings, but the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Monday.

Santana, removed from his previous start Wednesday after taking a line drive off the right shoulder against the White Sox, showed no ill effects in his 61-pitch outing. He allowed just two singles and struck out four.

Colorado starter Juan Nicasio went five innings and also fanned four. But he ran into trouble in the third, when Kendrick hit a 2-0 pitch to center for a three-run homer.

Those were the first earned runs allowed this spring by Nicasio, who gave up five hits.

Rockies third baseman Casey Blake, making his first appearance in eight days due to a sore neck following offseason surgery, was 0 for 2 with a walk and is 0 for 11 this spring with four strikeouts.