Albert Pujols gets 2,999th hit, Angels blast Orioles 12-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Angel Stadium crowd rose in breathless unison when Albert Pujols stepped up for his final try at his 3,000th career hit before the Los Angeles Angels left town on a five-game road trip.

The unnatural silence was broken by the crack of Pujols' bat, but the ball popped harmlessly into right field.

Although those Angels fans got to see No. 2,999, Pujols' milestone hit remained tantalizingly out of reach Thursday night.

They still roared for their slugger and for another blowout win by their surging team.

Pujols had a two-run double for his 2,999th career hit, and Luis Valbuena and Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs apiece in the Angels' 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

''Obviously, I wanted to do it here,'' Pujols said. ''But it wasn't meant to be this week.''

After moving to the brink of becoming the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club in the second inning, the 38-year-old Pujols couldn't reach the mark in his final three plate appearances. He had hoped to do it for his Anaheim fans, but he'll have to try again Friday in Seattle.

''It was pretty special to hear them,'' Pujols said. ''They're aware of the history that's about to happen. They support every player, not just me.''

After getting hit by a 2-2 pitch in the fourth and being retired on a foul popup in the sixth, Pujols flied out to right in the eighth against Darren O'Day. When he finally reaches the mark, Pujols will join Hank Aaron as the only players with 600 doubles and 600 homers among their 3,000 hits.

But he'll probably do it at Safeco Field instead of the Big A.

''We were hoping he could do it here, and he had some great at-bats,'' said Justin Upton, who had three hits. ''He just didn't get that last one. It happens.''

The Angels didn't need any more offense from Pujols while sweeping the three-game series and scoring 25 runs against Baltimore's beleaguered pitching staff.

Mike Trout started the bonanza with a run-scoring triple during a five-run first inning, and he added an RBI single in the three-run second to chase Chris Tillman (1-5).

Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third career start, finishing with six innings of four-hit ball.

Pujols doubled against Miguel Castro in the second inning, scoring Trout and Upton to put the Angels ahead 8-0. Simmons then got a two-run double and Valbuena added a two-run single in the fourth for a 12-0 lead.

Manny Machado drove in two runs for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 15 of 18.

''We got in another big hole early on,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. ''We had to ask our guys to get out of another one, and it's tough.''

TILLMAN'S TROUBLE

Tillman got only three outs while yielding seven hits and seven runs in a disastrous start in his hometown. Showalter declined to speculate on whether the longtime Baltimore starter's spot in the rotation could be in trouble, but five of Tillman's six starts this season have been fairly rough.

''There's a lot of things that have been going wrong, but we know what we're capable of,'' Tillman said. ''It's not fun, but I know the work that's going in. I've just got to keep working and executing and playing better.''

BARRIA'S BRILLIANCE

While the stadium focused on Pujols' quest, Barria dominated the Orioles' lineup. The 21-year-old Panamanian prospect didn't allow a hit until Trey Mancini's one-out single in the sixth.

Barria is in his third stint with the Angels this season, coming up and down from Triple-A Salt Lake to patch the holes in Los Angeles' injury-plagued rotation. The right-hander worked quickly and efficiently against the Orioles' struggling lineup, allowing only two walks in the first four innings.

Baltimore strung together four singles and scored two runs in the sixth, but Barria pitched his way out of the inning and left to a standing ovation.

SHOHEI SHOW

Angels star Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 3 with two singles and a walk, scoring two runs and driving in another. The Japanese two-way sensation had the fifth multihit game of his rookie season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Chance Sisco was back behind the plate after leaving Tuesday's game when his head collided with Pedro Alvarez's elbow while they chased a foul popup. Sisco said he had a facial bruise, but no concussion symptoms.

Angels: The starting rotation is still a carousel thanks to early season injuries for Matt Shoemaker, J.C. Ramirez and Nick Tropeano, among others. Barria came up to take a turn, and the Angels sent OF Ryan Schimpf back to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.76 ERA) takes the mound for the opener of a weekend series in Oakland.

Angels: Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.58 ERA) looks to rebound from a miserable start last weekend against the Yankees when the Angels open a series at Seattle. Richards hasn't faced the Mariners since 2015.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Mancini LF42200000.272.336.412.7484.0
D. Valencia RF00000000.212.305.423.7280.0
J. Peterson 2B30100111.222.333.333.6671.5
M. Machado SS41220001.358.435.6581.0935.0
E. Vielma SS00000000.200.333.200.5330.0
A. Jones CF40100003.231.239.385.6231.0
C. Gentry CF00000000.189.232.226.4590.0
C. Davis 1B30110111.184.286.265.5512.5
M. Trumbo DH40100003.250.250.250.5001.0
P. Alvarez 3B40000011.221.329.515.844-0.5
A. Santander RF-LF40000012.195.233.305.537-0.5
C. Sisco C40000011.226.328.340.667-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B42100123.229.304.314.6184.0
    M. Trout CF52220001.297.432.6581.0898.0
    J. Upton LF43310010.246.299.410.7097.5
    C. Young LF10000010.143.226.286.512-0.5
    A. Pujols 1B41120001.248.271.448.7196.0
    J. Marte 1B00000000.304.360.478.8380.0
    S. Ohtani DH32210111.327.373.618.9915.5
    A. Simmons SS42230002.327.391.510.9019.0
    L. Valbuena 3B40330001.264.287.418.7056.0
    K. Calhoun RF40100003.171.193.216.4090.0
    M. Maldonado C30000123.213.306.307.6130.0
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Machado 2 (27), C. Davis (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado (11), C. Davis (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (3), J. Upton (5), A. Pujols (7), A. Simmons 2 (8)
      • 3B - M. Trout
      • RBI - M. Trout 2 (21), J. Upton (19), A. Pujols 2 (17), S. Ohtani (13), A. Simmons 3 (19), L. Valbuena 3 (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Calhoun
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Pujols (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman (L, 1-5)1.07771009.242.05-17.0
      M. Castro2.14441304.581.37-1.5
      M. Givens2.12111104.601.402.5
      R. Bleier1.12000200.470.832.0
      D. O'Day1.00000103.650.973.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman (L, 1-5)1.0
      M. Castro2.1
      M. Givens2.1
      R. Bleier1.1
      D. O'Day1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (W, 2-1)6.04222203.461.2321.0
      B. Parker1.00000304.111.434.5
      A. Morris2.04110005.061.691.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (W, 2-1)6.0
      B. Parker1.0
      A. Morris2.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Castro
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 47-27, M. Castro 56-35, M. Givens 29-18, R. Bleier 22-17, D. O'Day 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 1-2, M. Castro 2-1, M. Givens 2-2, R. Bleier 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 11, M. Castro 12, M. Givens 8, R. Bleier 6, D. O'Day 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 85-58, B. Parker 15-10, A. Morris 33-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 12-4, A. Morris 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 24, B. Parker 3, A. Morris 9
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Mancini LF42200000.272.336.412.7484.0
      D. Valencia RF00000000.212.305.423.7280.0
      J. Peterson 2B30100111.222.333.333.6671.5
      M. Machado SS41220001.358.435.6581.0935.0
      E. Vielma SS00000000.200.333.200.5330.0
      A. Jones CF40100003.231.239.385.6231.0
      C. Gentry CF00000000.189.232.226.4590.0
      C. Davis 1B30110111.184.286.265.5512.5
      M. Trumbo DH40100003.250.250.250.5001.0
      P. Alvarez 3B40000011.221.329.515.844-0.5
      A. Santander RF-LF40000012.195.233.305.537-0.5
      C. Sisco C40000011.226.328.340.667-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B42100123.229.304.314.6184.0
        M. Trout CF52220001.297.432.6581.0898.0
        J. Upton LF43310010.246.299.410.7097.5
        C. Young LF10000010.143.226.286.512-0.5
        A. Pujols 1B41120001.248.271.448.7196.0
        J. Marte 1B00000000.304.360.478.8380.0
        S. Ohtani DH32210111.327.373.618.9915.5
        A. Simmons SS42230002.327.391.510.9019.0
        L. Valbuena 3B40330001.264.287.418.7056.0
        K. Calhoun RF40100003.171.193.216.4090.0
        M. Maldonado C30000123.213.306.307.6130.0
        Total3612151203715-----
          BATTING
          • RBI - M. Machado 2 (27), C. Davis (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado (11), C. Davis (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kinsler (3), J. Upton (5), A. Pujols (7), A. Simmons 2 (8)
          • 3B - M. Trout
          • RBI - M. Trout 2 (21), J. Upton (19), A. Pujols 2 (17), S. Ohtani (13), A. Simmons 3 (19), L. Valbuena 3 (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - K. Calhoun
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Pujols (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Tillman (L, 1-5)1.07771009.242.05-17.0
          M. Castro2.14441304.581.37-1.5
          M. Givens2.12111104.601.402.5
          R. Bleier1.12000200.470.832.0
          D. O'Day1.00000103.650.973.5
          Total8.0151212370---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Tillman (L, 1-5)1.0
          M. Castro2.1
          M. Givens2.1
          R. Bleier1.1
          D. O'Day1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Barria (W, 2-1)6.04222203.461.2321.0
          B. Parker1.00000304.111.434.5
          A. Morris2.04110005.061.691.0
          Total9.0833250---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Barria (W, 2-1)6.0
          B. Parker1.0
          A. Morris2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Castro
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 47-27, M. Castro 56-35, M. Givens 29-18, R. Bleier 22-17, D. O'Day 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 1-2, M. Castro 2-1, M. Givens 2-2, R. Bleier 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 11, M. Castro 12, M. Givens 8, R. Bleier 6, D. O'Day 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 85-58, B. Parker 15-10, A. Morris 33-25
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 12-4, A. Morris 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Barria 24, B. Parker 3, A. Morris 9
          • 8TH INNING
            Machado singled to right, Mancini scored, Peterson to second312
          • 6TH INNING
            Davis singled to left, Machado scored, Jones to second212
            Machado singled to left center, Mancini scored112
          • 4TH INNING
            Valbuena singled to right center, Ohtani and Simmons scored012
            Simmons doubled to deep right center, Upton and Pujols scored, Ohtani to third010
          • 2ND INNING
            Pujols doubled to left, Trout and Upton scored08
            Trout singled to center, Kinsler scored06
          • 1ST INNING
            Valbuena singled to right, Simmons scored05
            Simmons doubled to deep left, Ohtani scored04
            Ohtani singled to right, Upton scored03
            Upton doubled to deep left, Trout scored02
            Trout tripled to deep right, Kinsler scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jefry Marte at first
            • M. Trumbo: Foul, Ball, Trumbo singled to left center
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez grounded out to pitcher, Trumbo to second
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santander grounded out to shortstop, Trumbo to third
            • C. Sisco: Foul, Sisco flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Akeel Morris relieved Blake Parker
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini singled to center
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peterson singled to right, Mancini to third
            • M. Machado: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Machado singled to right, Mancini scored, Peterson to second
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Peterson to third, Machado out at second
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Darren O'Day relieved Richard Bleier
            • Danny Valencia in right
            • Engelb Vielma at shortstop
            • Craig Gentry in center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout fouled out to catcher
            • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Foul, Pujols flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chris Young in left
            • Blake Parker relieved Jaime Barria
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • A. Santander: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Santander struck out on foul tip
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Bleier Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Valbuena reached on an infield single to second
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second, Valbuena to second
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco grounded out to first
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mancini singled to center
            • J. Peterson: Peterson grounded out to second, Mancini to second
            • M. Machado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado singled to left center, Mancini scored
            • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jones singled to right, Machado to second
            • C. Davis: Davis singled to left, Machado scored, Jones to second
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Foul, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Givens Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Upton struck out on foul tip
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols fouled out to first
            • Richard Bleier relieved Mychal Givens
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani singled to shallow center
            • A. Simmons: Simmons lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Alvarez safe at first on 1st baseman Pujols fielding error
            • A. Santander: Santander lined out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • M. Givens Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kinsler flied out to right
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded into double play second to first, Maldonado out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to third
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peterson walked
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado popped out to shortstop
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded into fielder's choice to third, Peterson out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout flied out to right
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton singled to left
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pujols hit by pitch, Upton to second
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked, Upton to third, Pujols to second
            • Mychal Givens relieved Miguel Castro
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons doubled to deep right center, Upton and Pujols scored, Ohtani to third
            • L. Valbuena: Valbuena singled to right center, Ohtani and Simmons scored
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Valbuena out at second
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alvarez grounded out to first
            • A. Santander: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santander grounded out to first
            • C. Sisco: Sisco grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun singled to center
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging, Calhoun caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to second
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trumbo grounded into double play shortstop to first, Davis out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler doubled to left
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout singled to center, Kinsler scored
            • Miguel Castro relieved Chris Tillman
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton singled to right, Trout to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols doubled to left, Trout and Upton scored
            • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Ohtani struck out on foul tip
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Pujols to third
            • L. Valbuena: Valbuena grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini lined out to second
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • M. Machado: Machado flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Trout tripled to deep right, Kinsler scored
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Upton doubled to deep left, Trout scored
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to second, Upton to third
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani singled to right, Upton scored
            • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons doubled to deep left, Ohtani scored
            • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Valbuena singled to right, Simmons scored
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to left
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)