The Angels played host to the Baltimore Orioles for game two of their three game series, Saturday night in Anaheim. Matt Shoemaker would toe the slab for the Angels and was opposed by Orioles right hander, Kevin Gausman.
Gausman pitched in and out of trouble as he scattered six hits through his first six innings of work. His counterpart, Shoemaker was perfect through four and two-thirds before allowing a double to Matt Wieters. In the seventh, the Angels would push across a run as Yunel Escobar singled home Gregorio Petit to take a 1-0 lead. Shoemaker would be pulled in the eight with a runner on and one out in the inning.
Shoemaker finished with a career high 12 strikeouts in his seventh and his one-third innings of work. He would be relieved by Fernando Salas, who would strike out Ryan Flaherty and get Joey Rickard to ground out to end the eighth. In the ninth, Joe Smith would come in for a save. After retiring the first two to start the inning, Chris Davis would single to center.
Next batter was Mark Trumbo, who would walk putting runners on first and second for Matt Wieters. Wieters would then hit a three-run home run to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the ninth with the Orioles now leading, they called upon closer Zach Britton to get the final three outs for a win. After a walk to Petit, Britton would retire the next three for the save as the Orioles won 3-1 over the Angels.
The winner pitcher was Brad Brach, who improves to 4-0. The loss is charged to Joe Smith, who falls to 1-3. Zach Britton picks up his 12th save of the year. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon, as Jered Weaver (3-3) for the Angels opposes Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4) for the Orioles.
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