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Baltimore Takes Opener, 3-1 Over Angels

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Brad Bergesen tossed eight solid innings, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Angels, 3-1, in the opener of a three- game set.

Bergesen (6-9) gave up one run on four hits to win his third straight decision. The right-hander also struck out four batters and walked zero. Koji Uehara recorded his third save.

Nick Markakis, Corey Patterson and Luke Scott each had an RBI for the Orioles, who had lost three of four coming in.

Trevor Bell (1-4) was solid in seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits to suffer the hard-luck loss. He also fanned three batters and walked one for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of five.

The Orioles scored a run in the top of the first when Brian Roberts led off with a double, stole third and scored on Markakis’ single to left.

The Angels responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the first. Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo singled to put men on the corners with one out. After Torii Hunter popped out, Kendrick crossed the plate on a balk.

Baltimore plated a run in the sixth to take the lead back. Josh Bell singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on Markakis’ groundout, and scored on Scott’s base hit.

The O’s added another run in the eighth to make it a 3-1 game. Francisco Rodriguez gave up consecutive singles to Cesar Izturis and Bell before Izturis raced home when Patterson grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Uehara gave up a two-out single to Callaspo in the ninth. A wild pitch allowed Callaspo to advance two bases but Hunter flied out to end the game.

The O’s were without outfielder Adam Jones (left shoulder)…The Minnesota Twins acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels in exchange for cash or a player to be named later…The Orioles reinstated pitcher Jim Johnson from the 60-day disabled list and transferred pitcher Jason Berken to the 60-day disabled list…Bergesen improved to 3-5 in 10 road starts this season…Roberts left the game with a left hip strain.