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Markakis' big hit sends Orioles past Angels

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BALTIMORE -- Both teams were outstanding defensively. The pitching was sharp, too.

A well-played game between the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles was ultimately turned on one swing by Nick Markakis, who has made a habit of delivering the big hit in pressure situations this season.

Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over eight innings and Markakis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to give Baltimore a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Light-hitting Ryan Flaherty contributed two well-timed hits for the Orioles, whose third straight victory put them a season-high nine games over .500 (37-28). Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday afternoon.

With the score tied at 1, the Orioles used two-out infield hits by Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce and Flaherty to load the bases in the seventh. Left-hander Scott Downs was then brought in to face Markakis, who lined a single to center for a 3-1 lead.

"You want to be in those situations," said Markakis, who's now batting .346 with 10 RBI when there are two outs and runners in scoring position. "I've faced Downs enough to know what he's going to do up there. He tries to sink the ball in on lefty's hands and he does a good job of it. I was just looking for a ball up in the zone.

"Anything up that I could reach, I was swinging. He left one up over the plate, I put a good swing on it and we scored two runs.'"

Markakis also made two fine plays in right field, third baseman Manny Machado made several fine pickups and first baseman Chris Davis snagged a smoking line drive that began an unassisted double play.

But Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos made the defensive play of the night, robbing J.J. Hardy of a two-run homer in the first inning. After retreating toward the warning track, Bourjos pressed his body against the wall with a perfectly timed leap, stuck his glove well over the 7-foot barrier and caught the ball.

"When fans come to a game, that's what they expect -- good defense, hitting and good pitching," Markakis said. "You saw that tonight, and it was a good ballgame."

Especially for the Orioles. Los Angeles lost its fourth in a row despite getting a solid outing from left-hander Jason Vargas and a home run by Mike Trout that traveled an estimated 448 feet.

"Both guys were throwing the ball well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I really liked the way Jason Vargas pitched tonight. Three infield hits in the seventh inning kind of set the table for them and they got the big hit from Markakis."

Vargas (5-4) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in 6 2/3 sharp innings. The loss ended the left-hander's five-game winning streak -- a run that started with a shutout of Baltimore on May 3.

"That happens when you leave runners on base," Vargas said. "Granted, the balls weren't hit that well."

Howie Kendrick had two hits for Los Angeles, which has dropped nine of 11.

Gonzalez (4-2) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five.

Jim Johnson got two outs in the ninth before Josh Hamilton doubled and scored on a single by Albert Pujols. Johnson then struck out Mark Trumbo to earn his 23rd save, and third in three games.

Poised to throw his first career complete game, Gonzalez was removed by manager Buck Showalter after throwing 96 pitches.

Asked if he wanted to go nine innings, Gonzalez said, "That would have been fun. But Buck knows what he's doing, and J.J. did a good job finishing the game."

Trout put the Angels up 1-0 in the fourth with his 12th home run, the second in two nights. It's the ninth time in his career he's homered in successive games.

In the bottom half, Hardy was thwarted in a second straight at-bat. After being victimized earlier by Bourjos, Hardy popped a foul toward the seats in left. As Trout prepared to make the catch, a fan wearing a Trout jersey stuck his glove in the way. The ball bounced off the fan's mitt and landed on the ground, but third base umpire Joe West called Hardy out because of fan interference.

Held to two hits through five innings, the Orioles pulled even in the sixth. No. 9 hitter Flaherty singled and Markakis followed with a single that momentarily handcuffed Bourjos for an error, putting runners at second and third. Manny Machado followed with an RBI grounder, providing Baltimore with its first run against Vargas in 15 innings this season.

Notes

  • Machado extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single before being picked off first base by Angels C Chris Iannetta.
  • Baltimore's Chris Davis ended an 0-for-16 skid with an infield hit in the first inning, although replays showed he was out at first.
  • Jason Hammel (1-3, 7.33 ERA at home) starts for the Orioles in the series finale Wednesday. Jerome Williams will be on the mound for L.A.
  • Trout's eight homers against Baltimore are his most against any opponent.
 
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Nick Markakis knocks the decisive two-run single in the seventh inning in Baltimore's win.  (USATSI)
Nick Markakis knocks the decisive two-run single in the seventh inning in Baltimore's win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, LF4111000 .303
Josh Hamilton, DH4110010 .216
Albert Pujols, 1B3011100 .242
    Brad Hawpe, PR0000000 .000
Mark Trumbo, RF4000032 .264
Howie Kendrick, 2B3020001 .321
Erick Aybar, SS3000002 .257
Brendan Harris, 3B2000010 .218
   a- J.B. Shuck, PH1000000 .276
    Hank Conger, C0000000 .257
Chris Iannetta, C2010011 .211
   b- Alberto Callaspo, PH-3B1000000 .237
Peter Bourjos, CF3000001 .311
Totals3026216  
a-grounded out for Harris in the 8th
b-grounded out for Iannetta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (12, Johnson)
HR - Mike Trout (12, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Mike Trout (42), Albert Pujols (38)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (9)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Peter Bourjos (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (L,5-4) 6.2733110 3.74
Scott Downs0100000 2.00
Michael Kohn 0.1000010 2.00
Kevin Jepsen 1000110 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 113-70, Scott Downs 2-1, Michael Kohn 5-4, Kevin Jepsen 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 11-7, Kevin Jepsen 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 27, Scott Downs 1, Michael Kohn 1, Kevin Jepsen 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4022010 .293
Manny Machado, 3B4011012 .315
J.J. Hardy, SS4000002 .267
Adam Jones, CF4000011 .301
Chris Davis, 1B2010200 .335
Matt Wieters, C4000003 .241
Danny Valencia, DH3110002 .256
Steve Pearce, LF3110001 .250
    Chris Dickerson, LF0000000 .265
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3120000 .176
Totals3138323  
Batting
RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (37), Manny Machado (34)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (12)
PK - Manny Machado (1, Vargas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Davis, Machado-Flaherty-Davis, M. Gonzalez-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (W,4-2) 8411151 3.71
Jim Johnson (S,23) 1211010 4.31
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 96-66, Jim Johnson 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 10-6, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 26, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22834
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West