Angels cruise past Orioles 9-5 for 4th straight win

Angels cruise past Orioles 9-5 for 4th straight win

Angels cruise past Orioles 9-5 for 4th straight win

Three games later Cron again hit two home runs with four RBI's.

The seventh inning was an offensive explosion as the Los Angeles Angels scored 11 runs, including home runs by Cron and Perez.

And here's to the first-place Orioles...you know, just for being in first place at the break.

"It doesn't matter at all, right?" manager Buck Showalter said.

The Angels are 1-3 in their last four game threes of a series, and 4-1 in their last five road games. "We've got to fight it, even if we've got to play 20-30 innings", Schoop said.

Trumbo smacked a two-run homer to left with two outs in the ninth, but the Orioles stopped there.

Last Tuesday, Tim Lincecum gave up five runs in just 4.2 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays and was lucky to come away with a no decision.

Through five innings, the Orioles (49-36) managed only solo home runs by Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop.

"I just messed up".

NOTES: Red Sox manager John Farrell, asked about club president Dave Dombrowski's lack of any kind of vote of confidence this week, said, "I can understand the question, the potential speculation that's out there but our expectation is to win". "That was 100 percent my fault".

Brad Brach (6-1) posted the victory thanks to a scoreless eighth. Both relievers are going to the All-Star Game.

Daniel Nava had two RBIs and Mike Trout scored three runs for the Angels, who have won four straight. His previous career-high sits at 34 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels back in 2013, which he accomplished in 159 games. Nava saved a Manny Machado ball from going over the fence, which would have been the second bomb of the first inning, and things could have gotten bad from there. Those same starting pitching struggles keep putting them in enormous holes that not even good offensive efforts, like last night's five run output, can help them climb out from these deficits.

Prado hiked his average to.323 and capped a rally in the fifth inning with a two-out, two-run double that right fielder Jay Bruce misjudged.

Mychal Givens replaced Yovani Gallardo and pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Just to drive home the point, Hyun Soo Kim fielded a long single by Andrelton Simmons on the very next play and also threw a flawless one-hop throw to second. An RBI single by Escobar provided a 3-1 lead and Calhoun provided another run with a liner to right that ended Jimenez's poor outing.

I am very pleased with how this series turned out and relieved that the Orioles not only snapped their five game losing streak but were still able to take the series from the Dodgers. The multi-hit game was the fourth for Schoop during his eight-game hitting streak, raising his overall line to.304/.339/.512.

Cron was hit in the left hand with a pitch in the sixth inning of Friday's win against the Orioles and was placed on the 15-day DL afterward.

Baltimore still has no timetable set for the return of setup man Darren O'Day. "We need to get him back", Showalter said. "He completes the bullpen". The Baltimore right-hander struggled a bit in recent starts but threw seven solid innings in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Trumbo, the big-league leader with 26 home runs, has already surpassed his total from last season (he hit 22 for Arizona and Seattle across 142 games).

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