BALTIMORE (AP) –– Torii Hunter homered and scored four runs, Jered Weaver pitched into the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-1 Wednesday night for a two-game sweep.
One night after reaching season highs in homers and hits, the Angels set a season mark for runs in their most lopsided victory of 2012. Los Angeles totaled 20 runs and 33 hits during its sixth straight series win.
Kendrys Morales had three hits and four RBIs, and Mike Trout had four hits and scored three runs for the Angels, who have won 13 of their last 17 games overall and 13 of 14 on the road. Alberto Callaspo had two hits in a six-run fourth that made it 9-1.
Making his second start since spending three weeks on the disabled list with a lower back strain, Weaver (8-1) scattered six hits over 6 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
The right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.31 and became the seventh pitcher in club history to win 90 games. The two-time All-Star is 90-48 in six-plus seasons.
Orioles starter Jason Hammel (8-3) began the game with a streak of 19 straight innings without allowing an earned run, but he never made it to 20. The right-hander gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. His ERA ballooned from 2.61 to 3.29.
Wilson Betemit had three hits for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore has scored only 12 runs during that slide.
Los Angeles set the tone in the first inning when Hunter hit a solo shot into the left-field seats, the first home run off Hammel in five starts since May 30.
In the bottom half, Trout made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall to rob J.J. Hardy of a homer (Watch Catch Here). Chris Davis followed with a two-out single to end an 0-for-29 drought and Adam Jones hit an RBI double.
Los Angeles went up 3-1 in the third. Hammel retired the first two batters, then gave up a single and two walks to load the bases for Morales, who grounded a two-run single up the middle.
The Angels’ six-run fourth was their most prolific inning of the season. The uprising was fueled by two errors and featured RBI singles by Howie Kendrick, Trout, Hunter and Morales.
Los Angeles made it 11-1 in the fifth, scoring two runs on a two-out error by second baseman Brian Roberts. In the seventh, Peter Bourjos doubled in a run and scored on a single by Morales.
NOTES: Orioles DH Nick Johnson left the game with an injured right wrist. … Angels first baseman Albert Pujols walked three times before being replaced in the sixth inning. … The Orioles activated RHP Matt Lindstrom (finger) from the 15-day DL and optioned utility player Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk. … The Angels continue their nine-game road trip Thursday night in Toronto, where they will play a four-game series. Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against Cleveland. … Angels SS Erick Aybar had his 11-game hitting streak snapped. … Morales increased his career average against Baltimore to .386 (27 for 70), the best against any AL club.