After Sunday’s horrific loss in extra innings, the Orioles hoped to split the four game set with the Angels; however, they found themselves on the losing end – again – as Vladmir Guerrero hit two homers, drove in five, and gave a huge lift to starter Ervin Santana as Los Angeles defeated Baltimore, 8-5.
The game was close until the sixth inning, as the score was tied at two, but the Angels made Baltimore starter David Hernandez pay for a few mistakes. Macier Izturis started off the frame with a solo shot, then Guerrero smashed a long two-run homer that put Los Angeles up, 5-2.
Guerrero struck again in the following inning as he hit a three run shot off reliever Cla Meredith to put the Angels up, 8-3.
Baltimore put up a nice rally in the 9th inning thanks to a Melvin Mora homer; however, closer Brian Fuentes put out the fire and Los Angeles earned the win. Brian Fuentes got the save – his 34th.
The Orioles could not match up offensively at all with the Angels on Monday night; however, Nick Markakis hit his 15th homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, and also drove in a run with an double in the third inning. Adam Jones drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning.
The Angels took a 2-1 lead as Kendry Morales hit his 26th home run in the second inning – a two run shot.The Orioles as we all know traded away Huff yesterday before the game; therefore, Luke Scott took over at first and looked fine there – then again, he didn’t get any challenging plays at first. I guess one could say that the team is evaluating the talent – rookie and veteran – to see what works and does not.
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