Trout hits two HRs to lead Angels' hit parade

AL MVP finishes with six RBIs; Rucinski posts no-hit start

Trout hits two HRs to lead Angels' hit parade

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout homered twice and drove in six runs, and Angels fill-in starter Drew Rucinski twirled four-plus no-hit innings against a representative lineup in an 11-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Trout knocked a two-run homer off David Hale in the fifth for his first homer, and he added a three-run homer off Brett Marshall in the sixth. He also plated a run with a groundout in the third.

"Being aggressive on that first pitch is getting me ready to hit better than just taking," Trout said. "I'm putting some good swings on that first pitch and being aggressive, and that's what I want to be. We got a great team. It's fun to come to the ballpark every day. We have a lot of people competing for jobs. It's fun to watch."

Rucinski, forced into the start because C.J. Wilson fell ill with a stomach virus, struck out five and walked one.

"I just tried to throw strikes and make the defense work," Rucinski said. "[First baseman] Albert [Pujols] made some great plays behind me. They made it easy for me. I was just getting ahead in the count with my fastball, mostly. I was attacking the zone like I try to do."

Rucinski gets his fifth K

The key Rockies development was two scoreless innings from right-hander Chad Bettis, a reliever last year who is being converted to a starter this spring. Bettis fanned two.

The Rockies went with a lineup they could potentially use in an Interleague Play road game. Drew Stubbs served as designated hitter, and the Rockies used all of their other regulars. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who struck out in the first and flied to left in the fourth, said Rucinski was a difficult at-bat.

"Against our lineup, up and down, he was ahead of a lot of guys, 0-2," Tulowitzki said. "He had a good [split-finger fastball]. Us not seeing him, he jumped on us. Hitting is hard enough. When you're behind in the count, it makes it more difficult.

"It would have been interesting to see what we'd have done later on in the game. It doesn't mean we would've hit him, but at the same time, we would've been more comfortable."

The Rockies had no hits until Audry Perez singled off Cam Bedrosian to open the bottom of the sixth.

The Rockies had Bettis work on correcting flaws with his delivery during side sessions before appearing in his first Cactus League game on Tuesday. The only time he faced an opposing jersey was in a "B" game against a college squad. Bettis showed that he is making progress in his assignment of having his momentum going toward home plate instead of to his arm side -- a habit that led to an 0-2 record with a 9.12 ERA in 21 relief appearances last season.

Bettis fanned Kole Calhoun and Trout to start the game. He walked Pujols in an eight-pitch at-bat and yielded a David Freese double before forcing an Erick Aybar grounder. Bettis also faced a lineup filled with regulars.

"It's nice to face guys that are going to be there every day -- it's something that you can't duplicate in simulated games," Bettis said.

Scioscia on Trout and Rucinski

Up next: The Angels have an off-day Wednesday. They will resume play against the Dodgers on Thursday at Camelback Ranch at 1:05 p.m. PT with Andrew Heaney on the mound (watch on MLB.TV). The Dodgers will counter with Brett Anderson. Garrett Richards, who tore a tendon in his left knee last August, will pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday, his final step before appearing in a Cactus League game.

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