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Pujols' RBI in 13th lifts Angels over Orioles 1-0

By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
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BALTIMORE (AP) A frustrating night for Albert Pujols had a delightful ending.

Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday to avert a three-game sweep.

Pujols grounded into double plays in each of his first two at-bats. In the 11th, the 34-year-old slugger hit a scorcher down the third-base line that Manny Machado snared in the top of the webbing before throwing to first from foul ground to beat Pujols by a step.

Then came the 13th.

Kole Calhoun drew a leadoff walk from Ryan Webb (3-2) and Mike Trout singled before Pujols singled through the drawn-in infield.

''Albert hit the ball hard every time up except one popup but had nothing really to show for it until he lined that single to center,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''That's what Albert is about. He keeps playing. Machado is a magician out there, took a couple of hits away from him.''

Hector Santiago (3-7) pitched two shutout innings and Huston Street got three outs for his fourth save since joining the Angels on July 18.

Appropriately, the game ended when Adam Jones hit a popup to Pujols at first base. After making the catch, he smiled, flipped the ball to teammate Howie Kendrick and looked toward the heavens.

Tyler Skaggs and six relievers combined on a five-hitter, and David Freese matched a career high with four hits to help Los Angeles improve to 3-10 in one-run games on the road.

Skaggs had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before leaving with left forearm tightness. He was replaced by Mike Morin, who immediately gave up a bloop single to Caleb Joseph.

The Orioles didn't get another hit until Joseph singled leading off the eighth.

Each of Baltimore's last six games has been decided by one run, four of them in extra innings. The Orioles fell to 12-4 in extra innings.

''All our pitchers I thought pitched pretty well,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''Unfortunately, they did, too. They've got an outstanding bullpen and our guys matched them for the most part.''

Baltimore starter Bud Norris scattered eight hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.43 ERA in six career starts against Los Angeles.

The Angels loaded the bases in the third before Pujols grounded into a double play for the second time. He made up for it later.

Despite the loss, the AL East-leading Orioles won the season series 4-2. All six games were decided by two runs or fewer.

Skaggs walked the first batter he faced, and then retired 14 straight before walking Steve Pearce in the fifth. The lefty threw one more pitch before leaving.

''It's always a concern whenever your arm's sore and can't feel your fingers,'' Skaggs said. ''I felt it was one of the better games I felt all year. It's frustrating.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has been sidelined since July 10 with a sprained right ankle, is expected to return Saturday to start at Tampa Bay.

Orioles: First baseman Chris Davis (stomach virus) missed a third straight start but entered as the designated hitter in the ninth. He struck out and walked. Left-hander T.J. McFarland returned from bereavement leave and righty Preston Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

ON DECK

Angels: Matt Shoemaker, who went 3-1 in July, seeks to extend that run into a new month Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Tampa Bay.

Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (11-3) faces the Mariners, who send Roenis Elias (8-8) to the mound Friday night to start a three-game series. Baltimore took three of four from Seattle last week.

REPLAY ROBBERY

After Jones was picked off first base in the 11th, the Orioles called for a replay.

The call stood up.

''Safe. He never tagged him,'' Showalter said. ''I don't know what they're looking at. I think we lead the league in stands. A paranoid man would worry more about it, an alert man would wonder about it. I do.''

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Freese
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Baltimore

B. Norris
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF5110103.285.341.484
Mike Trout, CF5020021.300.389.580
Albert Pujols, 1B6021002.274.324.471
Josh Hamilton, LF6000033.284.354.427
Erick Aybar, SS6020012.277.312.394
Howie Kendrick, 2B5000124.288.346.386
Efren Navarro, DH5000021.284.348.420
David Freese, 3B5040010.249.323.349
   J.B. Shuck, PR0000000.173.193.259
   John McDonald, 3B0000000.164.257.180
Chris Iannetta, C5010013.263.372.407
Tyler Skaggs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Morin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000.000.000.000
   Hector Santiago, P0000000.333.333.333
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals481121212    
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (24, Norris)
RBI - Albert Pujols (67)
CS - Erick Aybar (8, 2nd base by Norris/Joseph)
Team LOB - 11
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs 4.2000270 4.30
Mike Morin 1.1100000 2.36
Kevin Jepsen 1000110 1.80
Joe Smith 1100010 1.95
Cory Rasmus 2100040 2.10
Hector Santiago (W,3-7) 2200220 3.76
Huston Street (S,28) 1000010 0.95
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 72-46, Mike Morin 15-11, Kevin Jepsen 15-7, Joe Smith 12-8, Cory Rasmus 29-21, Hector Santiago 44-25, Huston Street 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 3-4, Mike Morin 1-3, Joe Smith 1-1, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 16, Mike Morin 5, Kevin Jepsen 4, Joe Smith 4, Cory Rasmus 7, Hector Santiago 9, Huston Street 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Nick Markakis, RF5000111.280.341.385
Manny Machado, 3B6000042.262.307.418
Adam Jones, CF6010021.292.319.493
Nelson Cruz, LF5000011.264.336.523
Delmon Young, DH2000110.328.357.470
   a-Chris Davis, PH-DH1000110.198.310.390
J.J. Hardy, SS5010022.272.304.362
Steve Pearce, 1B4010102.293.363.511
Caleb Joseph, C3020010.203.273.316
   David Lough, PR0000000.208.283.320
   Nick Hundley, C1000111.233.265.336
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4000026.213.250.325
Bud Norris, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Brach, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals42050516    
a-struck out for Young in the 9th
Batting
SH - Jonathan Schoop (3)
PK - Adam Jones (1, Santiago)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Machado-Schoop-Pearce, Machado-Schoop-Pearce-Machado-Schoop-Pearce
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris 7800140 3.69
Brad Brach 2000030 3.23
Tommy Hunter 2100020 3.76
Ryan Webb (L,3-2) 1311100 3.80
Brian Matusz 1000030 4.03
HBP - Trout (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 110-73, Brad Brach 21-15, Tommy Hunter 25-19, Ryan Webb 19-10, Brian Matusz 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 9-5, Brad Brach 2-1, Tommy Hunter 4-0, Ryan Webb 2-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 28, Brad Brach 6, Tommy Hunter 7, Ryan Webb 7, Brian Matusz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24974
Game Time - 4:33
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley