BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine games.
Gausman (5-3) retired the first 14 batters he faced. The rookie allowed three runs and three walks in his first career start against the Angels.
Darren O’Day struck out two in a perfect eighth and Zach Britton gave up a single in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
The victory lifted the AL East-leading Orioles to 14 games over .500 (60-46) for the first time July 22, 2013.
Garrett Richards (11-4) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. It was his second straight defeat following a seven-game winning streak.
Jones put the Orioles up 2-0 with a two-run homer, his second in two nights. It was his 21st of the season and 11th in the first inning.
In the Baltimore fourth, David Lough picked up his first RBI since June 7 with a double and scored on a single by Ryan Flaherty.
Gausman got some early help from his defense. Right fielder Nick Markakis made a sprawling catch in the third and third baseman Manny Machado snared a grounder down the line and staggered deep into foul territory before throwing out Albert Pujols in the fourth.
The Angels’ first hit was a two-run single by Chris Iannetta in the fifth inning after Gausman walked the bases loaded. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double.
Angels: Left-hander C.J. Wilson (right ankle sprain) threw in the Camden Yards bullpen and remains on course for a possible return from the 15-day DL this weekend.
Orioles: First baseman Chris Davis missed a second straight game with a stomach virus. … Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (right ankle sprain) will likely make his final rehabilitative start Sunday or Monday for Triple-A Norfolk. After his rehab start for Class A Aberdeen on Tuesday, he paid for a post-game spread of steak and lobster.
Angels: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (5-5, 4.49 ERA) will make his first career start against the Orioles on Thursday night. Skaggs has not walked more than one batter in each of five starts since coming off the disabled list July 2 with a right hamstring strain.
Orioles: Bud Norris seeks to continue his mastery of the Angels. In three career starts against LA, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA.