Francis roughed up in Rox homecoming

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By Thomas Harding |

DENVER — Marco Scutaro made his equipment pay at the end of the fourth inning. He rifled his bat hard toward the dugout and slammed his helmet.

Had Scutaro been able to make Angels pitcher Dan Haren pay for letting the Rockies load the bases with two out, the outcome might have been different. Instead, Scutaro had to deal with the frustration of a missed opportunity, and the Rockies were left to deal with their fourth straight loss, 11-5, on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field in front of 37,801.

The Rockies hit four home runs — by Scutaro, Tyler Colvin (who also went deep off Hisinori Takahashi in the seventh), Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Nelson — in 5 1/3 innings against Haren (4-6), but needed way more on the day one-time Rockies ace Jeff Francis (0-1) made a not-so-triumphant return to the club. All 10 of the hits off Francis were singles, but those were good enough to produce eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. MORE>>>