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Struggling Orioles earn rare shutout, home victory against Angels

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BALTIMORE -- All the Baltimore Orioles needed was some good starting pitching.

Jon Leicester and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Baltimore beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Thursday night.

Scott Moore had two RBI and Luis Hernandez had three hits, as the Orioles won for only the fourth time in their past 22 games and for the second time in their past 16 home games. They salvaged the finale of the series after losing the first two games by a combined score of 28-11.

"We haven't had a lot of 'baseball games' in our facility lately," said Tom Trebelhorn, who filled in for suspended manager Dave Trembley. "This was a 'baseball game,' thank goodness. It was a lot of fun for everybody on our side."

Trebelhorn was alluding to the string of ugly performances that have recently plagued the Orioles. In their previous 21 games, they were outscored by 100 runs and had a collective ERA of 8.95.

Baltimore finally found a winning formula, though, with pitching and solid defense. Los Angeles, meanwhile, saw its six-game road winning streak snapped and was shut out for the seventh time this season.

Leicester (2-1) became Baltimore's first starter to not give up a run since Erik Bedard held the New York Yankees scoreless on Aug. 15, a span of 25 games.

"You keep your defense on their toes and they make great plays, and that's what they did for me all night," Leicester said. "That's the way I pitch -- just trying to throw strikes and get the early outs."

Relievers James Hoey, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker finished the Orioles' ninth shutout of the season. Walker pitched 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save in 10 chances.

The sequence of Leicester, Hoey, Bradford and Walker exactly followed the blueprint set by Trembley before the game. Trembley passed that on to Trebelhorn before beginning a three-game suspension that was handed down by Major League Baseball just before first pitch.

"I asked him, why haven't you planned like this before?" Trebelhorn joked.

After surrendering consecutive one-out singles in the first, Leicester got out of the jam by getting Garret Anderson on a fly ball to left and Maicer Izturis on a grounder to short.

He gave up only two more hits before leaving with two outs in the sixth. He walked three and struck out one.

"Things like this happen to us when we see pitchers that we've never seen before," Los Angeles' Orlando Cabrera said. "His fastball is pretty sneaky. He keeps it down and he can take speed off his breaking pitch well."

Trembley was suspended for an animated tirade following his ejection Wednesday night for arguing a call at second base. But he still made out the lineup, and rested several key players -- Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and Ramon Hernandez. The less-experienced lineup seemed to spark the team.

Hernandez, Tejada's replacement at shortstop, had his first career three-hit game. He also made a diving stop on Vladimir Guerrero's sharp grounder in the hole before forcing Chone Figgins at second to end the third inning.

Brandon Fahey made a difficult play on a ground ball up the middle, and right fielder Nick Markakis, a regular, made a diving catch.

"All the backup guys out there ... we all played hard and it was a blast," said Fahey, who replaced Roberts at second base. "It was maybe the funnest game of my life."

John Lackey (16-9) went seven innings and gave up three runs and nine hits. He struck out eight and walked one. Lackey has only one victory in his past six starts.

"John pitched a good ballgame, and when we're not scoring and not creating offense, your back gets up against the wall a bit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Jay Payton led off the second with a double to left and he scored on a double to center by Moore, another of the reserves in the lineup. Tike Redman's two-out RBI-single to center made it 2-0.

Baltimore went up 3-0 in the sixth on Moore's sacrifice fly that scored Aubrey Huff, who reached on a one-out single and moved to third on a single by Payton.

Notes

  • Leicester issued the Orioles' only three walks one night after Baltimore pitchers walked 13 in an 18-6 loss.
  • Baltimore improved to 12-42 when scoring three or fewer runs.
  • Lackey has allowed at least nine hits in five of his eight starts since the beginning of August.
  • Figgins, who entered the game hitting .583 against the Orioles this season, was 0-for-3 with a walk.
 
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Jon Leicester delivers a much-needed solid starting performance for Baltimore's beleaguered staff.  (AP)
Jon Leicester delivers a much-needed solid starting performance for Baltimore's beleaguered staff. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

J. Leicester
IP 5.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 1
Baltimore

S. Moore
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Garret Anderson, LF4010003 .297
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Mike Napoli, C3000011 .245
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John Lackey (L,16-9) 7933180 3.21
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-5, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
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Baltimore Orioles
Tike Redman, CF4011010 .338
Luis Hernandez, SS4030001 .348
Nick Markakis, RF4010021 .293
Kevin Millar, DH3000122 .258
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Aubrey Huff, 1B3110103 .276
Jay Payton, LF4120012 .254
Scott Moore, 3B3012021 .182
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Batting
2B - Jay Payton (19, Lackey), Scott Moore (1, Lackey)
SF - Scott Moore (1)
RBI - Tike Redman (9), Scott Moore 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Tike Redman (4)
SB - Freddie Bynum (6, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Napoli), Brandon Fahey (2, 2nd base off Lackey/Napoli)
CS - Luis Hernandez (2, 2nd base by Lackey/Napoli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Moore-Fahey-Huff
Baltimore Orioles
Jon Leicester (W,2-1) 5.2400310 6.32
Jim Hoey (H,4) 1.1000010 9.72
Chad Bradford (H,17) 0.2100000 3.59
Jamie Walker (S,5) 1.1000000 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Leicester 83-56, Jim Hoey 16-11, Chad Bradford 6-6, Jamie Walker 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Leicester 8-7, Jim Hoey 2-1, Jamie Walker 3-1
Batters Faced - Jon Leicester 23, Jim Hoey 4, Chad Bradford 3, Jamie Walker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16359
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott