Rockies’ losing streak extends to five

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DENVER — The Rockies emphasized mental toughness heading into this season. They believed too often last season the team tended to go through the motions during tough times.

But the plan was not to have their starting pitching bring tough times day after day in 2012.

Rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich — winner of his previous three starts — coughed up nine runs, eight earned, and 10 hits in four innings on Sunday afternoon. As has often been the case, the Rockies made it a game. But as it usually happens when the starting pitching is that ineffective, the affair ended in a loss, 10-8, to the Angels at Coors Field in front of 37,722. MORE>>>