The Los Angeles Angels had their playoff hopes take a hit on Friday night, as they were drubbed 8-3 by the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Shortstop J.J. Hardy had two hits and three runs batted in for the Orioles, who also had home runs by Mark Reynolds and Nolan Reimold. All made for a long night for Dan Haren.
Haren gave up a pair of runs in the third inning, and was hit harder in the fifth inning. Reynolds homered, and Hardy drove in a pair with a double, his 26th of the season. Baltimore chased Haren in the sixth inning with three more runs, the final blow coming on Reimold's two-run home run off Tyler Chatwood, who came in for relief.
Former Texas Ranger Tommy Hunter helped his old team on Friday, pitching seven scoreless innings for the win in Baltimore. The Angels are now four games behind Texas in the American League West with 12 games remaining. The Rangers play in Seattle Friday night in the Pacific Northwest.
Catcher Hank Conger hit a two-run home run off Kevin Gregg in the ninth inning to prevent the shutout. Ervin Santana starts Saturday night, against Zach Britton for Baltimore.
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