Orioles' Uehara Takes a Hit and a Loss
The Angels get a short-series sweep of the Orioles with a 3-2 victory in a matinee game at Camden Yards.
Once again, Baltimore's Koji Uehara pitched well but took a tough loss. Uehara went 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Uehara was cruising after six but found trouble in the seventh inning when Los Angeles hit back-to-back home runs.
Torii Hunter slammed a Uehara offering over the left field wall then Kendry Morales hit a solo shot over the head of Adam Jones. Uehara himself got tagged as well. He was hit square in the chest by a Gary Matthews Jr. comebacker to end his day in the seventh inning. X-rays taken were negative but did reveal a bruised sternum.
The Orioles had their share of opportunities early against Angels starter Shane Loux. Loux picked up the win for Los Angeles by giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work.
Brian Roberts and Adam Jones both singled in the first inning and -- with runners on the corners -- Nick Markakis worked a walk to load the bases. Cleanup hitter Aubrey Huff drove in Roberts with a sacrifice fly for the team's first run and out of the game. But that was all the Orioles' offense could muster in the first, as Loux was able to wriggle off the hook.
Baltimore catcher Chad Moeller twice led off innings with extra base hits but was unable to make it home. Moeller hit his first triple since 2005 in the second inning but poor base running led to him getting out and Loux getting out of the jam.
Loux, who earned his first win of the season Wednesday, seemed to gain strength after narrowly avoiding disaster in the first two innings as he retired the side in the third inning and sent down 11 straight during one stretch.
The Angels were able to tie the game in the top of the fourth as Kendry Morales hit a run-scoring triple (his first triple since 2006) over the outstretched glove of Jones, who was in a dead sprint to left-center.
Jones led off the eighth inning with a single, then reached second on a Jose Arredondo wild pitch. Nick Markakis kept his hitting streak alive -- 15 games -- by singling in Jones. Arredondo then struck out Aubrey Huff, got Markakis out as he was caught try to steal second base and escaped the inning by striking out Luke Scott to end the Orioles' threat.
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