Mike Wright allowed four hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings of his major league debut, and the Baltimore Orioles broke open a tight game with two eighth-inning runs en route to a 3-0 victory over the Angels in Camden Yards on Sunday.
Manny Machado sparked Baltimore’s eighth-inning rally with a two-out single to center off Angels starter Garrett Richards. Right-hander Mike Morin replaced Richards and gave up an infield single to Jimmy Paredes.
Adam Jones followed with a double to left-center field to score both runners for a 3-0 lead. The Angels threatened off closer Zach Britton in the ninth, as Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar singled with two outs.
But Britton struck out Johnny Giavotella with a 96-mph fastball, as the Orioles snapped the Angels’ five-game win streak and handed them their third shutout of the season.
Richards was superb, allowing two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one, but Wright was even better, striking out six and walking none.
Jones also sparked Baltimore’s fourth-inning rally with a dribbler to third for an infield single. Delmon Young followed with a ground-ball single to center field, advancing Jones to third.
Richards struck out Chris Davis with a nasty curve, but his 1-and-0 breaking ball to Steve Pearce bounced in front of Carlos Perez and caromed off the catcher and to the backstop for a wild pitch, allowing Jones to score easily for a 1-0 lead.
Wright, a 6-foot-6 right-hander who was a third-round pick out of East Carolina University in 2011, retired the first nine Angels batters, striking out Mike Trout with a 98-mph fastball in the first, David Freese with a 97-mph fastball in the second and Marc Krauss with a 97-mph fastball in the third.
Kole Calhoun led off the fourth with a single to center and took third on Pujols’ one-out double to left, but he was tagged out in a rundown between third and home after running on contact on Aybar’s slow roller to third. Giavotella struck out to end the inning.
Aybar singled with one out in the seventh, giving the Angels a prime hit-and-run opportunity with Giavotella, who has executed several successful hit-and-run plays in recent weeks. But Aybar did not break for second on any of Wright’s three pitches to Giavotella, who grounded into an inning-ending double play.