Team chemistry, strong pitching and good offense keep the Baltimore Orioles hot as they win 4-3 against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. For the second time in 24 hours, the os (60-46) take an early lead with Jones's home run. With a runner on first, the fastball from Garret Richards and the center fielder blasts his 21st home run of the MLB season with 11 of those runs coming in the first frame.
David Lough and Ryan Flaherty's scored two more runs in the fourth inning off Richards (11-4) to not fall behind once in the game. While the hitters got the loudest noise, another important detail from this game is the duel between the rookie (Gausman) and the potential American League Cy Young Award candidate (Richards)
Right-handed rookie Kevin Gausman made his 15th career start and 10th of the season, retiring the first 14 batters in the lineup. Tonight's game also gave Gausman three straight walks and a several misses on close pitches.'
Los Angeles catcher Chris Iannetta cracked a 97-mph, fast ball for a two-run single. This minor dent postponed hopes of a no hitter tonight, but not the victory.Statistics are surrounding this ball-club lately as they are 7-since coming off the All-Star break; finding ways to win close games and in extra innings. Most importantly the Orioles are 14 games over.500 with the Toronto Blue Jays (59-50) just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL East.
Darren O' Day comes in for the save, striking out Mike Trout, as well as Zach Britton with his 21st save of the season.
The Orioles have won four out of five games against the Angels this baseball season; all being close games by two runs or fewer.
The O's look for the sweep tomorrow as they take on the Angels in Camden Yards at 7:05pm.