Wilson, Pujols Lead Angels Past Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) –– Albert Pujols homered in his Camden Yards debut, C.J. Wilson allowed one run in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels had a season-high 17 hits in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo and John Hester also connected for the Angels, who have won 12 of 16 overall and 12 of their last 13 road games. The four home runs were a season high.
Pujols doubled and hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Brian Matusz. Pujols has now homered in 33 ballparks off 282 different pitchers.
Wilson (9-4) gave up six hits, struck out two and walked two to improve to 5-0 in seven starts since May 18. The left-hander has a 1.30 ERA over that span.
Steve Pearce and Wilson Betemit homered for the Orioles, who have lost five of seven. Baltimore has scored a total of 11 runs over those seven games. The Orioles went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and are 2 for 41 in that situation over their last eight games.
Matusz (5-9) allowed five runs and a career-high 13 hits in five-plus innings. He has lost four straight starts, and on each occasion failed to get out of the sixth inning.
Pujols hit his team-high 18th double with two outs in the first inning but was stranded. In the second, Los Angeles had runners at second and third with two outs before Hester hit a fly ball to the warning track in left.
The Angels broke through in the third, going up 1-0 when Mike Trout led off with a double and scored on a single by Torii Hunter.
In the Los Angeles fourth, Erick Aybar inexplicably tried to score from first on a two-out single to center by Hester and didn’t get near the plate before being tagged out by Matt Wieters.
After going hitless over the first three innings, Baltimore used two singles and a stolen base to put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth. The next two batters, however, failed to hit the ball out of the infield.
In the fifth, Pujols homered into the inviting left-field seats after Hunter singled. Pearce connected in the bottom half, the first homer off Wilson in eight starts since May 12, but Baltimore couldn’t add on after getting runners to second and third with one out.
Bourjos chased Matusz in the sixth with a two-run drive, and Trumbo hit a shot in the seventh off Tommy Hunter that traveled an estimated 448 feet.
Hester homered off Kevin Gregg in the eighth, and Betemit connected with a man on against Jason Isringhausen in the bottom half.
NOTES: Pujols has 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 38 games since May 15. … Hester finished with a career-best three hits. Howie Kendrick also had three hits. … Jones stole third base in the fourth inning, Baltimore’s first steal in 18 games since June 5. … In the series finale Wednesday, the Angels will send Jered Weaver (7-1) to the mound and the Orioles will start Jason Hammel, who’s 4-0 at home and 8-2 overall. … LA is 35-19 since a 6-14 start. … Aybar extended his hitting streak to 11 games.