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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night, and the clubhouse felt as if they just absorbed a difficult loss. Most of it had to do with watching a teammate get sent down to the minor leagues after another poor performance.
Rookie Garrett Richards surrendered three home runs but Los Angeles scored five times in the fourth and went on to a 9-7 victory. Kendrys Morales had a big two-run single, which got lost in the shuffle after Richards was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Manager Mike Scioscia kept the clubhouse closed for a half-hour. By the time reporters were allowed in, a downcast Richards was still at his locker getting some parting words of encouragement from teammates C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, and pitching coach Mike Butcher.
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"Garrett was struggling with his command, first and foremost," Scioscia said. "He has such a live arm, but you need to command counts and he's having a lot of trouble doing that. So we're going to let Garrett go down and work on a couple of things so that he'll be more polished when he gets his next shot. I think we have a lot of things to mull over the next week, and we'll see how our rotation lines up after the break."
Richards gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, including back-to-back first-pitch home runs by Mark Reynolds and Ryan Flaherty to open the second and a three-run shot by Matt Wieters in the fourth.
"I made a mistake to Reynolds. The pitch to Flaherty was a fastball away, and he just did a good job of squaring it up and putting backspin on the ball. They're an aggressive team," Richards said. "The pitch to Wieters I felt like it was a decent pitch. But he's a strong guy and he was able to lift it a little bit. But I don't think he hit it as well as it looked."
The 24-year-old right-hander has surrendered 20 runs and 28 hits along with eight walks over 15 1/3 innings in three starts since June 17, when he pitched eight innings of four-hit ball in a 2-0 victory against Arizona.
"I still feel like I'm the same pitcher I was that day," Richards said. "Pitchers are going to go through streaks, just like hitters do. I've got to start throwing strikes more consistently. I'm missing my spots right now, the ball's over the plate and I'm getting hit around a little bit. So I've got to go back to the drawing board.
"I'm not discouraged at all. I'm motivated. I know I belong up here. I know what kind of pitcher I am and they know what kind of pitcher I am. So I'm just going to keep doing my thing, keep pitching like I'm pitching, and let them make the decision."
LaTroy Hawkins (2-1), the second of six Angels pitchers, retired both batters he faced after relieving Richards and got credit for the victory.
Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances, keeping his spotless ERA intact in 25 appearances with the Angels and helping them climb within four games of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
The Orioles slipped 5½ behind the idle New York Yankees in the AL East.
Baltimore right-hander Jake Arrieta failed to make it out of the fourth inning for the second successive time after getting staked to a 7-3 lead. The right-hander was charged with six runs, five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. He is 1-7 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 starts since May 2, when he threw a career-high eight innings in a 5-0 victory at the Yankees.
Like Richards, Arrieta is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.
"I'm not concerned about that," Arrieta said. "Obviously I've struggled, and tonight was a good example of that. But there's nothing I can really do about it now. The first half of the season didn't go as planned. I've worked as hard as I could to be highly successful here and it didn't go that way. But you can't get too discouraged by it. You just have to keep plugging away and find a way to avoid starts like this."
The Orioles scored in the first, second and fourth, but Arrieta's failure to come up with a shutdown inning on any of those occasions ultimately led to his early exit.
"That's the most frustrating part of it -- when our guys give me a lead like that and I'm not able to get them back in the dugout quickly," Arrieta said. "We had a 7-3 lead in the fourth, and I know what my job is. I've either got to put up a goose egg or limit them to one run. A four or five-run lead is enough for me to win a game."
Angels standout rookie Mike Trout came up in the fourth representing the tying run after Howie Kendrick's RBI single cut the margin to 7-4. He had to settle for his second sacrifice fly, but Torii Hunter greeted Luis Ayala (2-2) with an RBI single that trimmed the deficit to one. Pujols sent Hunter to third with a single before stealing second, and both runners scored on Morales' hit to left field.
Trout, heading to his first All-Star game next week, stole three bases to increase his total to 26 -- all of them coming after his recall from Salt Lake on April 28. He manufactured a run in the sixth by stealing second and third, and continued home on catcher Wieters' errant throw past third baseman Wilson Betemit.
|Kendrys Morales collects three hits and three RBI, including a big two-run single in the Angels' five-run fourth inning. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Xavier Avery, LF||4||2||2||0||1||0||2||.250|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||1||0||0||2||0||3||.232|
|Matt Wieters, C||5||1||2||4||0||1||1||.250|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.293|
|Jim Thome, DH||5||0||2||1||0||2||1||.235|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.257|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.214|
|Ryan Flaherty, RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||2||.213|
|a- Steve Pearce, PH-RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.233|
|a-singled for Flaherty in the 8th|
|HR - Matt Wieters (12, Richards), Mark Reynolds (7, Richards), Ryan Flaherty (2, Richards)|
|RBI - Matt Wieters 4 (44), Jim Thome (16), Mark Reynolds (23), Ryan Flaherty (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Wieters 3 (16), Jim Thome (5)|
|SB - Xavier Avery (6, 2nd base off Richards/Hester)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Andino-Reynolds|
|PB - Matt Wieters (2)|
|E - Xavier Avery (1, Misplayed grounder), Matt Wieters (8, Throwing)|
|Luis Ayala (L,2-2)||1.1||4||2||2||0||0||0||2.37|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 84-51, Luis Ayala 34-24, Matt Lindstrom 20-7, Kevin Gregg 7-6, Pedro Strop 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 4-4, Luis Ayala 4-0, Pedro Strop 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 19, Luis Ayala 8, Matt Lindstrom 5, Kevin Gregg 3, Pedro Strop 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF-LF||2||2||2||2||1||0||0||.348|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||4||.266|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||0||3||3||0||0||0||.294|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.306|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||2||2||0||0||2||0||0||.262|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||3||2||2||1||1||1||0||.284|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.269|
|John Hester, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.243|
|2B - Erick Aybar (18, Arrieta)|
|SF - Mike Trout 2 (5)|
|SH - John Hester (1)|
|RBI - Mike Trout 2 (38), Torii Hunter (34), Kendrys Morales 3 (32), Howard Kendrick (31), Erick Aybar (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (14), Kendrys Morales 3 (13)|
|SB - Mike Trout 3 (26, 2nd base off Arrieta/Wieters, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Wieters, off Lindstrom/Wieters), Albert Pujols (6, 2nd base off Ayala/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Trumbo 1|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|LaTroy Hawkins (W,2-1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.42|
|Kevin Jepsen (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||9.00|
|Jason Isringhausen (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.30|
|Scott Downs (H,15)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.31|
|Ernesto Frieri (S,11)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.73|
|HBP - Reynolds (by Garrett Richards)|
|WP - Garrett Richards (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 84-52, LaTroy Hawkins 8-5, Kevin Jepsen 19-14, Jason Isringhausen 15-10, Scott Downs 17-11, Ernesto Frieri 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 5-4, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Kevin Jepsen 2-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, Scott Downs 2-1, Ernesto Frieri 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 25, LaTroy Hawkins 2, Kevin Jepsen 3, Jason Isringhausen 3, Scott Downs 4, Ernesto Frieri 4|
|Attendance - 38104|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|