Back in cleanup spot, Davis homers as Orioles top Angels 5-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis flashed a big smile when asked about recent strides in Baltimore's lineup.

Not long ago, the Orioles slugger looked like he was carrying the weight of the entire franchise on his shoulders.

Davis homered in his return to the cleanup spot in Baltimore's batting order, homering for the second time in three games to help the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.

''It was nice being in the four-hole. It felt very familiar,'' Davis said.

Davis hit cleanup for the first time since Aug. 27. The 33-year-old, in the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, is batting .290 (18 for 62) with five home runs and 17 RBIs since stopping a record 0-for-54 skid on April 13.

''I just like the way he's been swinging the bat,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''I was switching some things up and seeing what it looked like.''

Davis homered off rookie Griffin Canning (1-1) leading off the second, and Stevie Wilkerson went deep two batters later. Dwight Smith Jr. hit a two-run homer in the third for a 4-1 lead, and Pedro Severino connected in the sixth against Noe Ramirez as the Orioles stopped a four-game losing streak.

Mike Trout hit his ninth home run and walked twice for Los Angeles.

Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani got the day off and Albert Pujols was 0 for 4 as the Angels' DH, lowering his batting average to .217.

Rookie John Means (5-3) allowed one run, four hits and three walks in six innings, throwing a season-high 110 pitches and lowering his ERA from 2.48 to 2.33. The Angels fell to 4-11 against left-handed starters.

''I feel good about it, but I definitely wasn't on,'' Means said. ''Didn't feel great. Didn't feel like my fastball command was there. I was just lucky that I could throw my changeup and slider for strikes.''

In a game that started 2 hours, 42 minutes late because of rain, Canning made his third big league start and gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

''I made some good pitches, but they definitely jumped on mistakes,'' Canning said. ''I liked my curveball a lot. It's something I worked on this week. My slider wasn't very good today.

MOVES

Angels: OF Peter Bourjos, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and was unconditionally released.

RUN DROUGHT

The Angels scored one or no runs in a game for the sixth time this season. They are 1-12 when scoring three or fewer runs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier (shoulder tendinitis) had consecutive one-inning scoreless appearances at Double-A Bowie and is set to join Class A Frederick on Tuesday. ''He came out of the back-to-back feeling good and on track to join us here at some point,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ... Austin Hays (left thumb sprain) completed a stint at extended spring training and will play at Class A Frederick.

UP NEXT

Angels: Tyler Skaggs (3-3, 4.70 ERA) starts the series opener Monday in Minnesota. He allowed eight runs over 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday against Detroit.

Orioles: David Hess (1-4, 5.50 ERA) is to face the New York Yankees on Monday for the second time this season. He lost on April 7 after allowing four runs over five innings.

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  • W: J. Means (5-3)L: G. Canning (1-1)
  • HR: LAA - M. Trout (9), BAL - C. Davis (5), P. Severino (5), D. Smith (8), S. Wilkerson (3)
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M. Trout CF21111201.283.460.5751.0358.0
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A. Pujols DH40000003.217.288.450.7370.0
K. Calhoun RF40000022.232.321.486.807-1.0
K. Smith C30100000.296.397.444.8412.0
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J. Bour 1B40000031.165.270.320.590-1.5
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar SS-2B41200111.261.313.406.7193.5
D. Smith LF41221102.286.333.510.8449.0
T. Mancini RF50100014.318.366.547.9140.5
C. Davis 1B41111121.189.287.379.6666.0
R. Ruiz 3B30100213.244.329.341.6702.5
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H. Alberto 2B40000002.271.283.344.6270.0
R. Martin SS00000000.173.247.259.5060.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Smith (5)
    • HR - M. Trout (9)
    • RBI - M. Trout (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher 2 (2), K. Calhoun 2 (2), J. Bour, T. La Stella
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Smith (8), C. Davis (5), S. Wilkerson (3), P. Severino (5)
    • RBI - D. Smith 2 (27), C. Davis (17), S. Wilkerson (6), P. Severino (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Severino (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith 2 (2), T. Mancini 2 (2), R. Ruiz 3 (3), S. Wilkerson 3 (3), H. Alberto 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Bour
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Ruiz-Alberto-Davis; Alberto-Davis; Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
    • E - H. Alberto (4), P. Severino (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Canning (L, 1-1)4.25444635.651.33-3.0
    N. Ramirez1.12111113.001.11-0.5
    C. Allen1.01001106.001.831.5
    L. Garcia1.01002002.251.440.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Canning (L, 1-1)4.2
    N. Ramirez1.1
    C. Allen1.0
    L. Garcia1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Means (W, 5-3)6.04113412.331.0322.0
    P. Fry1.00000003.310.923.0
    S. Armstrong1.00001006.231.732.0
    M. Givens1.00000202.891.134.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Means (W, 5-3)6.0
    P. Fry1.0
    S. Armstrong1.0
    M. Givens1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Canning (3), N. Ramirez, L. Garcia (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 101-61, N. Ramirez 39-24, C. Allen 17-10, L. Garcia 18-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 4-4, C. Allen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Canning 23, N. Ramirez 7, C. Allen 5, L. Garcia 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Means
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 110-67, P. Fry 12-6, S. Armstrong 9-3, M. Givens 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 5-8, P. Fry 1-2, S. Armstrong 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Means 25, P. Fry 3, S. Armstrong 3, M. Givens 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Fletcher LF40000002.296.343.440.7830.0
    M. Trout CF21111201.283.460.5751.0358.0
    A. Simmons SS30100102.313.333.444.7772.0
    A. Pujols DH40000003.217.288.450.7370.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000022.232.321.486.807-1.0
    K. Smith C30100000.296.397.444.8412.0
    a- B. Goodwin PH10000000.304.377.487.8640.0
    J. Bour 1B40000031.165.270.320.590-1.5
    Z. Cozart 3B20100100.136.189.160.3492.0
    T. La Stella 2B20000011.255.354.551.905-0.5
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    • a-popped out for Smith in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS-2B41200111.261.313.406.7193.5
    D. Smith LF41221102.286.333.510.8449.0
    T. Mancini RF50100014.318.366.547.9140.5
    C. Davis 1B41111121.189.287.379.6666.0
    R. Ruiz 3B30100213.244.329.341.6702.5
    S. Wilkerson CF31111103.271.295.475.7707.0
    R. Nunez DH40000032.221.261.379.641-1.5
    H. Alberto 2B40000002.271.283.344.6270.0
    R. Martin SS00000000.173.247.259.5060.0
    P. Severino C21111200.246.333.525.8588.0
    J. Means P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    P. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    M. Givens P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Smith (5)
      • HR - M. Trout (9)
      • RBI - M. Trout (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher 2 (2), K. Calhoun 2 (2), J. Bour, T. La Stella
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Smith (8), C. Davis (5), S. Wilkerson (3), P. Severino (5)
      • RBI - D. Smith 2 (27), C. Davis (17), S. Wilkerson (6), P. Severino (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Severino (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith 2 (2), T. Mancini 2 (2), R. Ruiz 3 (3), S. Wilkerson 3 (3), H. Alberto 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Bour
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Ruiz-Alberto-Davis; Alberto-Davis; Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
      • E - H. Alberto (4), P. Severino (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Canning (L, 1-1)4.25444635.651.33-3.0
      N. Ramirez1.12111113.001.11-0.5
      C. Allen1.01001106.001.831.5
      L. Garcia1.01002002.251.440.0
      Total8.0955884---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Canning (L, 1-1)4.2
      N. Ramirez1.1
      C. Allen1.0
      L. Garcia1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (W, 5-3)6.04113412.331.0322.0
      P. Fry1.00000003.310.923.0
      S. Armstrong1.00001006.231.732.0
      M. Givens1.00000202.891.134.0
      Total9.0411461---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (W, 5-3)6.0
      P. Fry1.0
      S. Armstrong1.0
      M. Givens1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Canning (3), N. Ramirez, L. Garcia (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 101-61, N. Ramirez 39-24, C. Allen 17-10, L. Garcia 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 4-4, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Canning 23, N. Ramirez 7, C. Allen 5, L. Garcia 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Means
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 110-67, P. Fry 12-6, S. Armstrong 9-3, M. Givens 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 5-8, P. Fry 1-2, S. Armstrong 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 25, P. Fry 3, S. Armstrong 3, M. Givens 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Severino homered to left15
      • 3RD INNING
        Smith homered to center, Villar scored14
        Trout homered to center12
      • 2ND INNING
        Wilkerson homered to center02
        Davis homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Shawn Armstrong
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Brian Goodwin hit for Kevan Smith
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin popped out to third
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Bour struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Richie Martin at shortstop
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Paul Fry
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded into double play third to second to first, Trout out at second
        • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Ball, Pujols flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luis Garcia relieved Cody Allen
        • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Severino walked
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar lined out to left
        • D. Smith: Smith singled to right, Severino to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Severino to third, Smith to second on wild pitch, Mancini flied out to shallow right
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • R. Ruiz: Ruiz lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Paul Fry relieved John Means
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart popped out to second
        • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella grounded out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Noe Ramirez
        • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Davis lined out to second
        • R. Ruiz: Ruiz singled to left center
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilkerson walked, Ruiz to second
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Alberto grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Smith doubled to deep center
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto flied out to left
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Severino homered to left
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Villar singled to left
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Villar to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Mancini flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher lined out to left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded into double play second to first, Trout out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Canning Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Griffin Canning
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wilkerson flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith popped out to catcher
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bour lined out to right
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cozart singled to right
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, La Stella struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Canning Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto grounded out to first
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Severino walked
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar singled to right center, Severino to third
        • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Smith flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Trout homered to center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons singled to left
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Simmons out at second
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Canning Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar walked
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith homered to center, Villar scored
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mancini singled to center
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • R. Ruiz: Mancini to second on 1st baseman Bour fielding error, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mancini to third, Ruiz to second on wild pitch, Wilkerson flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith flied out to deep right
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cozart walked
        • T. La Stella: Foul, Ball, La Stella reached on catcher's interference, Cozart to second on catcher Severino fielding error
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher popped bunt out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • G. Canning Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis homered to right
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson homered to center
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher safe at first on 2nd baseman Alberto fielding error
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout reached on fielder's choice to second, Fletcher out at second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Simmons walked
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols fouled out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun popped out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • G. Canning Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to center
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)