Orioles 4, Angels 3
KEY MOMENT: The Angels rallied for three runs with two outs in the fifth inning, Chris Iannetta hitting a two-run single to center and Kole Calhoun smacking an RBI double to right, to pull to within 4-3, and they had their best hitter up with runners on second and third. But Mike Trout couldn't check his swing on Kevin Gausman's nasty split-fingered fastball in the dirt and struck out.
AT THE PLATE: Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the first, his 21st of the season and fourth in five games against the Angels this season. David Lough (double) and Caleb Joseph (single) knocked in runs with soft, two-out, opposite-field hits off Angels starter Garrett Richards in the fourth. "I'll be honest with you," Richards said, "I think they got just enough of those pitches to keep them fair."
ON THE MOUND: Richards allowed nine runs in 70 innings of nine starts from June 4 to July 19 but has allowed eight runs in 13 innings in his last two starts, losses to Detroit last Thursday and Baltimore on Wednesday night. Gausman, the fourth overall pick of the 2012 draft out of Louisiana State, retired the first 14 batters before walking three straight with two outs in the fifth. Iannetta and Calhoun came through with hits, but that was all the Angels could muster off Gausman. "He's got electric stuff," Calhoun said of the 23-year-old right-hander.
IN THE FIELD: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis made a diving catch of Iannetta's third-inning drive to the gap. Third baseman Manny Machado back-handed Albert Pujols' fourth-inning shot down the line and, with his momentum carrying him into foul territory, made the long throw to first. Trout made a nice leaping grab of Markakis' fifth-inning drive at the center-field wall.
REHAB REPORT: C.J. Wilson, out since July 10 because of a right-ankle sprain, completed a bullpen workout Wednesday and is on track to return Saturday. That will probably push Hector Santiago, who has allowed one earned run and five hits in 10 1/3 innings of his last two starts, to the bullpen or to triple A to remain stretched out as a starter.
UP NEXT: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (5-5, 4.49 ERA) will oppose Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris (8-7, 3.94 ERA) at Camden Yards on Thursday at 4 p.m. PDT. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 710, 830, 1330Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times