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Wells Homers Again, But Angels Offense Sputters In 3-2 Loss To Orioles

The Angels couldn't score after the first inning off Brad Bergesen, and had their three-game winning streak snapped Saturday night by the Orioles with a 3-2 loss at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The win was just Bergesen's second on the season, and marked only the second time Baltimore has won in his 19 appearances this season.

Vernon Wells homered in the first inning, a two-run shot off Bergesen, to give open the scoring. It was the 12th home run for Wells in his last 33 games, a span in which he has driven in 28 runs. The Angels threatened, putting runners on base in five of the next six innings, but were unable to score again. Alberto Callaspo doubled with two outs in the ninth inning to put the tying run in scoring position, but Kevin Gregg struck out Howie Kendrick to end the game.

Joel Pineiro couldn't make those two runs hold up, as he lasted just 5 1/3 innings. Baltimore left runners on base in the second and third innings, then after Adam Jones hit a leadoff blast in the fourth inning, the Orioles got two more singles but failed to score. Baltimore broke through with three singles and a sacrifice fly for two runs in the fifth to grab the lead, and Pineiro was pulled after allowing a one-out double to Nolan Reimold in the sixth inning. Pineiro allowed three runs on 11 hits in his 5 1/3 innings, and was just the sixth pitcher this season to throw at least five innings and not record a single walk or strikeout.

Peter Bourjos went hitless in three at-bats in his first game back off the disabled list. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first game back off the DL, striking out two. Tyler Chatwood and Jeremy Guthrie face off in the series finale on Sunday morning.

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