Walk-Off Single By Izturis Completes Orioles Sweep Of Angels

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Baltimore Sweeps Angels On Walk-Off Hit, 5-4

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Cesar Izturis' single in the bottom of the ninth drove in the game-winning run, as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Angels, 5-4, to complete a three-game sweep at Camden Yards.

Francisco Rodriguez (0-3) started on the mound for Los Angeles in the ninth. Matt Wieters led off with a double into the gap in left-center field, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Izturis' base hit up the middle to give the Orioles their first sweep of the Angels since taking four consecutive meetings in Anaheim from July 17-20, 2003.

Nick Markakis hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have yet to lose under new manager Buck Showalter. Brian Roberts and Felix Pie had an RBI apiece in the victory.

Jake Arrieta was solid in the start, allowing two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings. Jason Berken (3-2) got the win despite giving up one run on two hits in 1 1/3 frames.

Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer for the Angels, who have dropped 11 of their last 14 games. Bobby Abreu knocked in the other run.

Dan Haren, making his third start for LA, allowed four runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Trailing 4-0, Los Angeles plated four runs in the eighth to tie the game. Pinch-hitter Reggie Willits singled and moved to second on Erick Aybar's one- out walk. Runners were on the corners after Maicer Izturis grounded into a fielder's choice. Mike Gonzalez then took over for Arrieta on the mound. He faced just one batter, though, giving up an RBI single to Abreu. Berken came in from the bullpen and offered up a three-run homer to Hunter.

Berken worked around a one-out single in the top of the ninth.

Arrieta retired the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a two-out double to Alberto Callaspo in the fifth. Howie Kendrick flied out to end the frame.

Los Angeles put two men on base in the top of the sixth. With one out, Peter Bourjos walked and Aybar reached first on second baseman Roberts' fielding error. Arrieta, though, retired the next two batters to keep LA off the board.

Baltimore finally gave Arrieta some run support in the home sixth. Markakis led off the inning with a homer over the wall in right-center field. Adam Jones hit a double later in the frame and crossed the plate on Pie's single to make it 2-0.

The O's added two more runs in the seventh to go ahead by four. Corey Patterson led off with a single and scored on Roberts' double to right. Roberts advanced to third on Hunter's fielding error. Kevin Jepsen took over on the mound and Markakis greeted him with an RBI single.

The Angels won eight of 10 bouts with the Orioles last season, including five of six tests held at Camden Yards...Orioles third baseman Josh Bell (left hamstring) missed the game...Baltimore placed pitcher David Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. To take his spot on the roster, the team has recalled righty Armando Gabino from Triple-A Norfolk...Cesar Izturis is one hits away from 1,000 in his career...Baltimore's Luke Scott had homered in three consecutive games...Kendrick extended his hitting streak to eight games thanks to a 1-for-4 contest.

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Tonight's Angels-Orioles Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups in Baltimore, from Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

Angels
Aybar SS
Izturis 2B
Abreu LF
Hunter RF
Matsui DH
Callaspo 3B
Kendrick 1B
Mathis C
Bourjos CF
Haren P

Orioles
Roberts 2B
Markakis RF
Wigginton 3B
Scott 1B
Jones CF
Pie LF
Wieters C
Patterson DH
Izturis SS
Arrieta P

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Angels Seek To Salvage One Game In Baltimore

(Sports Network) - The hiring of Buck Showalter appears to have had an immediate impact on the Baltimore Orioles, who'll be trying to achieve a sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when the two teams conclude a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards.

The Orioles have won their first two contests since Showalter took over as the team's manager, following up a 6-3 triumph in Tuesday's opener of this set with last night's 9-7 decision. With a victory tonight, Baltimore will have its first series sweep of the Angels since taking four consecutive meetings in Anaheim from July 17-20, 2003.

Baltimore roared out to a 9-1 lead after four innings of Wednesday's tilt, then held off a late comeback attempt by the Angels to prevail. Felix Pie led the O's offensive outburst by going 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Adam Jones also had three hits and scored three times in the win. Luke Scott added a two- run homer for the Orioles, with Ty Wigginton contributing two hits and a pair of RBI.

"Everybody is swinging the bat great," said Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. "It's certainly something that we're all excited about."

Baltimore starter Brian Matusz (4-11) did his part as well, with the rookie holding the Angels to one run over the first six innings en route to the win.

The Angels did make things interesting against the Orioles bullpen, however, scoring five times in the top of the seventh and once more in the ninth before Alfredo Simon got the final three outs to notch his 16th save.

Torii Hunter doubled home Anaheim's final run to cap off a 4-for-5 night, while Maicer Izturis delivered a two-RBI double during the Angels' big seventh inning. Erick Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Mike Napoli all ended 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Halos, who couldn't overcome a forgettable showing from starter Ervin Santana.

The Orioles ripped Santana (10-8) for nine runs and 12 hits before the right- hander was removed after only 3 2/3 innings.

"The bats woke up a little bit late," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "For Ervin, I think his fastball command wasn't quite there."

The loss was the Angels' 10th in their last 13 outings and dropped the three- time defending American League champions to one game under .500 (54-55) for the season.

The Angels have also lost in each of Dan Haren's first two starts since the former Arizona ace was acquired from the Diamondbacks on July 25. The standout right-hander, who draws the assignment for tonight's finale, certainly pitched well enough to win in his last time out, however, tossing a complete-game five-hitter with six strikeouts in a tough-luck 2-1 setback to Texas last Saturday.

Haren's Angels debut was cut short after 4 2/3 innings when he was struck in his right forearm by a line drive from Boston's Kevin Youkilis on July 26. He had racked up eight strikeouts before exiting, but was reached for a pair of runs in Anaheim's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox.

The three-time All-Star, who was 7-8 with a 4.60 earned run average in 21 starts prior to the trade, does own a 4-2 lifetime record and a 3.30 ERA over seven career starts against the Orioles, whom he hasn't faced since 2007. Haren has excellent career numbers at Camden Yards as well, having posted a 3-0 mark and a 1.67 ERA in four previous appearances at the venue.

Rookie Jake Arrieta will try to pitch Baltimore to the sweep and end a string of shaky individual performances when he takes the mound this evening. The well-regarded right-hander has allowed 13 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three starts, taking a loss in one and a no-decision in the two others.

Arrieta has also walked 13 batters during that span and issued five free passes in last Friday's start at Kansas City. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings that night and surrendered three runs while not factoring in the final outcome of his team's 7-5 loss.

Since being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk in mid-June, Arrieta has gone 3-3 with a 5.47 ERA in 10 starts. The 24-year-old has an subpar 7.36 ERA over his first five tilts at Camden Yards, however.

The Angels won eight of 10 bouts with the Orioles last season, including five of six tests held at Camden Yards, and had won three in a row as the visitor in this series before Tuesday's loss.

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