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Rockies rout stretches joy ride to 17-1

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

ANAHEIM, Calif. – So how do you explain it? Hits soaring into gaps when for two months they were getting caught. Pitches diving across the black of the plate, leaving hitters lock-kneed. A defense that turns groundballs into obits with chilling efficiency.

The Rockies won again Monday night, blistering the Los Angeles Angels 11-1 for their franchise-record ninth consecutive road victory.

No other team in Rockies history, not even the 2007 National League champions, ever had this kind of regular-season run. The Rockies are 17-1 over their last 18 games, transforming from boring underachievers to legitimate contenders.

This night, however, will be remembered for a pitcher who knows all about coming back from long odds.

Five years ago, Aaron Cook nearly died on the Coors Field mound after developing blood clots in his lungs. On a cool Southern California evening, he became the winningest pitcher in Rockies history with his 59th career victory, surpassing Jason Jennings.

“I am happy for him. I will always be grateful to the Rockies for giving me a chance to fulfill a dream and accomplishing what I did there,” Jennings said. “But I knew it would be broken, and I am glad it was by a friend and someone I came through the farm system with.”

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