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Orioles grab early lead, power past Angels in 9-3 win

Posted at 10:28 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 01:35:06-04

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Asher Wojciechowski pitched seven strong innings and Renato Núñez and Trey Mancini homered for the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Núñez hit a three-run homer, his 25th of the season, in a six-run second inning for the Orioles, who had a rare 7-0 lead. Mancini hit a two-run homer, his 24th, in the ninth to pad the final margin.

The 30-year-old Wojciechowski (2-3) allowed three hits on two runs and struck out six. He retired the first 11 batters he faced. Shohei Ohtani had the first hit of the game with a triple to the right-field corner with two outs in the fourth inning.

Wojciechowski was acquired in a trade from Cleveland in July but was in Triple-A Columbus all season before the trade.

The Orioles (34-69) earned at least a split of the four-game series by winning the first two games of the series.

Anthony Santander had three hits, three RBIs and one run scored.

After a six-hour, 19-minute, 16-inning game the night before, both teams had a tired bullpen. The Angels recalled Nick Tropeano from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his first start of the season and third appearance. The right-hander struggled with his command and hit the first batter of the game. In the second inning, he allowed six runs on three hits, including the home run by Núñez.

Tropeano (0-1) settled after that, pitching three more innings, and didn’t allow another run. The Angels had several relief pitchers who had thrown three consecutive days and they used 10 pitchers the day before.

Tropeano allowed seven earned runs on six hits in five innings on 103 pitches. He also waked three.

Rookie Matt Thaiss hit a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning to get the Angels on the board, and Justin Upton hit a solo home run in the ninth.

The Angels had five hits, all for extra bases.


Players and coaches hoped to sleep in Friday after the marathon game the Orioles won in 16 innings. However, some of the Orioles players were woken up in the morning by a fire alarm at the team hotel. Manager Brandon Hyde was not among those with an unwanted wakeup call. “I woke up about noon,” Hyde said.


Orioles: LHP John Means (strained left biceps) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 25. Brandon Hyde said he expects he’ll miss just one start … RHP Nate Karns (right forearm strain) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and designated for assignment.

Angels: C Jonathan Lucroy (broken nose, concussion) will start a rehab assignment with the Single-A Inland 66ers on Saturday … Noe Ramirez (illness) was available to pitch Friday but didn’t. He was sick Thursday and wasn’t at Angel Stadium. He believed he had food poisoning.


Orioles: RHP Aaron Brooks (0-1, 6.00 ERA) has seen the Orioles win two of his three starts since being claimed off waivers by Oakland. Brooks gave up six earned runs in a loss to Arizona in his last start on Monday.

Angels: TBD.


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