BALTIMORE — After winning the first two games of this week’s home series against the Los Angeles Angels, the Baltimore Orioles had the chance Wednesday afternoon to sweep the Angels for the first-time since 2010.
But despite taking a two-run lead into the seventh inning, the Orioles couldn’t complete the sweep, falling 9-5. It marked the fifth time this season the Orioles had a chance to sweep a three- or four-game series but couldn’t win the final game.
With Baltimore leading 4-2 in the seventh, reliever Pedro Strop allowed a three-run triple to No. 9 hitter Erick Aybar that sparked a six-run inning and quickly changed the momentum of the game.
Strop, activated from the disabled list Saturday, inherited two baserunners with no outs in the seventh. His first batter, Hank Conger, wound up with an infield single on a comebacker that Strop got a glove on but couldn’t corral.
That brought Aybar to the plate with the bases loaded. With a 2-1 count, he laced a 96-mph fastball into the gap in right-center, plating three runs. Three batters later, Strop left an 0-2 change-up over the plate to Albert Pujols, who clubbed it into the left-field seats for his 11th home run and an 8-4 lead.
In the fourth inning, Chris Davis hit his majors-leading 21st homer of the season, a mammoth solo shot that gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead.
Conger put the Angels on the board on the third, blasting a 2-0 delivery from Jason Hammel over the right-field fence and on to Eutaw Street. Conger’s blast was the 69th homer to hit Eutaw Street in the history of Camden Yards and the first by an Angels player since Lee Stevens on May 23, 1992.
— Baltimore Sun