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Angels bang out 17 hits in win vs. O's

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BALTIMORE -- Add Camden Yards to the expansive list of stadiums that can't contain the masterful bat of Albert Pujols.

Pujols homered in his first game in Baltimore, C.J. Wilson allowed one run in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels had a season-high 17 hits in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

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Held hitless by the Orioles during a three-game series on the West Coast in April, Pujols promptly doubled in his first at-bat against Brian Matusz. Then, in the fifth inning, the slugger ripped a 1-0 pitch into the inviting left-field seats to stake the Angels to a 3-0 lead.

Pujols has now homered in 33 ballparks off 282 different pitchers.

"It's just a testament to what a career he's had," teammate Mark Trumbo said. "He sure didn't wait very long. Best hitter in this era."

If Pujols was impressed with the feat, he apparently had no desire to talk about it. Long after the game ended, he still hadn't arrived at his locker.

Los Angeles finished with a season-high four homers. Peter Bourjos, Trumbo and John Hester also connected for the Angels, who have won 12 of 16 overall and 12 of their last 13 road games.

"This park is always been a park where the ball flies," manager Mike Scioscia said. "In this park you just have to put it in your mind there are going to be home runs. It's a nice offensive park."

It hasn't been that way lately for the Orioles, who were held in check by Wilson (9-4). The left-hander gave up six hits, struck out two and walked two to improve to 5-0 in seven starts since May 18. Wilson has a 1.30 ERA over that span.

"My sinker was great the first couple of innings and then just checked out of the hotel. It was going to Toronto I guess," he joked. "We had to adjust on the fly."

Steve Pearce and Wilson Betemit homered for the Orioles, who have lost five of seven. Baltimore has scored a total of 11 runs over those seven games. The Orioles went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and are 2 for 41 in that situation over their last eight games.

"You have to take the positive out of it. We keep getting ourselves into position, we just need to hit," center fielder Adam Jones said. "We've left some guys on base, we had the opportunity to score more runs, and we didn't. But we had the opportunity. We have to bear down, get in scoring position and get that hit. It's not easy."

Matusz (5-9) allowed five runs and a career-high 13 hits in five-plus innings. He has lost four straight starts, and on each occasion failed to get out of the sixth inning.

"It's been just a couple pitches here and there each game," the left-hander said. "It's just being able to eliminate the mistakes and get back on track."

Pujols hit his team-high 18th double with two outs in the first inning but was stranded. In the second, Los Angeles had runners at second and third with two outs before Hester hit a fly ball to the warning track in left.

The Angels broke through in the third, going up 1-0 when Mike Trout led off with a double and scored on a single by Torii Hunter.

In the Los Angeles fourth, Erick Aybar inexplicably tried to score from first on a two-out single to center by Hester and didn't get near the plate before being tagged out by Matt Wieters.

After going hitless over the first three innings, Baltimore used two singles and a stolen base to put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth. The next two batters, however, failed to hit the ball out of the infield.

Pujols homered in the fifth after Hunter singled. Pearce connected in the bottom half, the first homer off Wilson in eight starts since May 12, but Baltimore couldn't add on after getting runners to second and third with one out.

Bourjos chased Matusz in the sixth with a two-run drive, and Trumbo hit a shot in the seventh off Tommy Hunter that traveled an estimated 448 feet.

Hester homered off Kevin Gregg in the eighth, and Betemit connected with a man on against Jason Isringhausen in the bottom half.

Notes

  • Pujols has 11 homers and 34 RBI in 38 games since May 15.
  • Hester finished with a career-best three hits. Howie Kendrick also had three hits.
  • Jones stole third base in the fourth inning, Baltimore's first steal in 18 games since June 5.
  • In the series finale Wednesday, the Angels will send Jered Weaver (7-1) to the mound and the Orioles will start Jason Hammel, who's 4-0 at home and 8-2 overall.
  • Los Angeles is 35-19 since a 6-14 start.
  • Aybar extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
 
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Albert Pujols hits his first-ever home run in Camden Yards, the 33rd MLB ballpark he's gone yard in.  (US Presswire)
Albert Pujols hits his first-ever home run in Camden Yards, the 33rd MLB ballpark he's gone yard in. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

W. Betemit
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

J. Hester
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, LF5110011 .335
Torii Hunter, RF5121001 .271
Albert Pujols, 1B5122001 .261
Mark Trumbo, DH4121011 .320
Howard Kendrick, 2B5030011 .276
Erick Aybar, SS5010014 .254
Maicer Izturis, 3B5120003 .224
Peter Bourjos, CF4112011 .229
John Hester, C4131003 .281
Totals42717705  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (14, Matusz), Albert Pujols (18, Matusz)
HR - Albert Pujols (12, Matusz), Mark Trumbo (18, Hunter), Peter Bourjos (3, Matusz), John Hester (2, Gregg)
RBI - Torii Hunter (29), Albert Pujols 2 (46), Mark Trumbo (50), Peter Bourjos 2 (14), John Hester (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Maicer Izturis (5, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,9-4) 7611221 2.36
Jason Isringhausen 1122101 2.33
Jordan Walden 1000120 2.74
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 107-64, Jason Isringhausen 20-11, Jordan Walden 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 10-10, Jason Isringhausen 1-2
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 30, Jason Isringhausen 5, Jordan Walden 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B4000012 .229
J.J. Hardy, SS5000033 .239
Adam Jones, CF5010003 .298
Matt Wieters, C3110100 .255
Mark Reynolds, DH4000004 .220
Wilson Betemit, 1B4122002 .255
Steve Pearce, RF4121000 .269
Steve Tolleson, LF3010103 .220
Robert Andino, 3B2000204 .234
Totals3437344  
Batting
HR - Wilson Betemit (10, Isringhausen), Steve Pearce (2, Wilson)
SH - Brian Roberts (1)
RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (30), Steve Pearce (11)
SB - Adam Jones (10, 3rd base off Wilson/Hester), Steve Tolleson (1, 2nd base off Wilson/Hester)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
DP - Hardy-Betemit
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz (L,5-9) 51355012 5.24
Tommy Hunter 2211021 5.67
Kevin Gregg 1111011 5.03
Luis Ayala 1100010 1.83
HBP - Trumbo (by Luis Ayala)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 82-59, Tommy Hunter 31-23, Kevin Gregg 22-14, Luis Ayala 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 6-6, Tommy Hunter 2-2, Kevin Gregg 1-1, Luis Ayala 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 26, Tommy Hunter 8, Kevin Gregg 4, Luis Ayala 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24296
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Al Porter