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Orioles snap seven-game losing streak with 8-2 win over the Angels

Kevin Gausman pitched a gem as the Orioles avoid being swept by the Angels

July 01, 2018 - 4:33 pm

After a rough showing in the month of June, the Baltimore Orioles started July off with a bang. Baltimore avoided being swept by the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday as they won 8-2. This victory also represents their first win over an AL team since May 25th. 

In an offensive explosion, the Orioles recorded 8 runs, including four home runs in Sunday's victory. Four bombs in one game not only ties their season-high, but it is just the fourth time that they have accomplished this feat this season. Baltimore poured it on in the fourth inning, where they recorded six runs. It started with Adam Jones reaching on an infield single when there was a miscommunication by the Angels. The ball fell in between first and second, but it should have been caught. With Jones on first, Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. The Orioles did not stop there. The next batter, Mark Trumbo, hit a solo home run to extend their lead. Chance Sisco was walked after a Chris Davis double and a Trey Mancini strikeout. With runners on first and second, Steve Wilkerson doubled to deep center, which brought Davis home and Sisco to third. Jace Peterson struck out with runners on second and third, Tim Beckham recorded an RBI single to extend the lead to five. Jones ended the inning with a strikeout. In the next inning, Trumbo and Mancini both recorded solo home runs to extend the lead the 7. 

For a struggling offense, eight runs are fairly impressive. Not only were the bats hot, but Baltimore received a quality start from Kevin Gausman, who went eight innings. He only allowed six hits and two runs. Although he only recorded two strikeouts, Gausman was surgical. He found great success with multiple pitches and he was constantly ahead of the batters. It was not a perfect start to the game for Gausman as he allowed two hits in the first inning that led to a run being scored. In the eighth inning, he did allow a solo homer as Kole Calhoun hit one to deep center. After the first inning, Gausman was magnificent. 

Miguel Castro entered in the ninth to relieve Gausman. Castro fanned two and hit one batter en route to finishing the game. After struggling in his last appearance, Castro bounced back in a big way. Certainly, there was less pressure as he had a six-run lead, but it was still a dominant showing from their relief pitcher. 

The Orioles improved to 24-59 as they register their first win of the season against the AL West. Baltimore has Monday off as they prepare for a two-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Alex Cobb is set to take the mound on Tuesday against  Zach Eflin.

Quick hits:

Colby Rasmus (illness) and Jonathan Schoop both entered the game in the ninth inning, despite not starting. Schoop is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies. Manager Buck Showalter did state in his post-game press-conference that Schoop entered the game for Wilkerson because he had "symptoms of an oblique injury".

Mark Trumbo hit two home runs in Sunday's victory over the Angels, which is only the 13th time in his career he has hit multiple home runs in the same game

Chris Davis finished the game one for four, with one strikeout.

Tim Beckham finished one for four, with two RBIs and one strikeout. Since returning to the lineup, Beckham is seven for 23 with four strikeouts.