ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 04: Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points towards the sky after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 4, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Tigers 5-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ervin Santana Flirts With No-Hitter As Vernon Wells, Angels Slam Orioles 6-1

Ervin Santana took a one-hitter into the 8th and Vernon Wells hits the first Angels' grand slam of the season.

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Ervin Santana Flirts With No-Hitter As Vernon Wells, Angels Slam Orioles 6-1

In the first game of their 10-game road trip, the Angels got a brilliant pitching performance by Ervin Santana and some timely, bases loaded hitting from Vernon Wells as the Angels beat the Orioles 6-1.

Santana (5-8) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a one-out double to #9 hitter Blake Davis. Santana then retired the next 6 batters before giving up a walk, an infield single and a run-scoring base hit to JJ Hardy that cut the Angels lead to 2-1.

Hisanori Takahashi relieved Santana and induce Nick Markakis into an inning ending groundout. Takahashi pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn his first American League save.

The Angels’ 6-1 win is the first against Baltimore since August 17, 2009 and the third straight since losing three-in-a-row earlier in the week.

The Angels broke the 0-0 tie in the 7th with doubles by Mike Trout, Maicer Izturis and Torii Hunter to take a 2-0 lead. However, the big blow of the night came off of the bat of Vernon Wells in the ninth. After two walks and an error loaded the bases, Wells blasted a Kevin Gregg pitch to straight-away center field for the first Angel grand slam of the season.

Santana allowed 3 hits and one run over 7.1 innings, while striking out one and walking one. It was Santana’s 7th consecutive start in which he has allowed 3 runs or less, yet he only has two wins to show for it.

Wells ended the night with three hits and 4 RBI in five at-bats. Rookie center fielder Mike Trout had his first multi-hit game of his short career with a single and double in four at-bats.

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Angels Look To Reverse Winless Trend Against Orioles, Open 3-Game Set

Meeting for the first time in 2011, the Angels travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles - a team they did not play well against last season.  The Angels were swept in the six meetings last season, having been out-scored almost 2-to-1.  Angels' pitching allowed 29 runs while the offense managed to score just 15 runs.   Heading into tonight's game, the Orioles have held the Halo club scoreless over the previous 26 innings.

Ervin Santana (4-8, 3.84 ERA) hopes to have a different outcome from the last time he faced the Orioles.  Back on August 4th of last season Santana allowed a career high-tying nine runs while giving up a season-high 12 hits in 3.2 innings.  Overall, he is 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA in ten starts against Baltimore.

The Orioles will send Alfredo Simon (2-2, 4.36 ERA) to the hill.  Tonight's start will be the right-handers first start against Los Angeles, and just his third start of the season.  The troubled starter was recently reinstated from the restricted list after attending a hearing in the Dominican Republic where he is a suspect in his cousin's shooting death.

Who's Hot - Last 14 Days:
Alberto Callaspo - 13 for his last 32 (.406)
Mark Trumbo - 11 for his last 35 (.314), 2 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI

Adam Jones - 12 for his last 37 (.324), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Who's Cold - Last 14 Days:
Bobby Abreu - 4 for his last 31 (.129)
Maicer Izturis - 3 for his last 21 (.143)
Torii Hunter - 6 for his last 37 (.162), 3 HR, 12 K
Jeff Mathis - 2 for his last 15 (.133)
Mike Trout - 4 for his last 30 (.133)

Nolan Reimold - 3 for his last 23 (.130)
JJ Hardy - 8 for his last 42 (.190)

Game time is 4:05 (PDT) and will be show on Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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