BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles staggered to their 19th consecutive loss Tuesday night, allowing 19 hits and falling behind the Los Angeles Angels by 11 runs early in a 14-8 rout.
Baltimore trailed 5-1 in the second inning, 8-1 in the third and 13-2 in the fourth while limping to another lopsided defeat in the major leagues’ longest skid since Kansas City dropped 19 straight in 2005.
The Orioles have yielded at least eight runs in 12 games during the streak and been outscored 163-55. Winless since Aug. 2, Baltimore now stands just two losses short of matching the franchise record for successive defeats (set in 1988) and is within striking distance of the modern-day record of 23 in a row, held by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.
After Ryan Mountcastle homered in the first inning for a 1-0 lead, things soured quickly for Baltimore. No. 8 hitter Jo Adell tripled in two runs off rookie Spenser Watkins (2-6) and Juan Lagares followed with a two-run homer.
Adell added a two-run single in the third, and Lagares contributed an RBI single in a five-run fourth.
Every Los Angeles starter got a hit, the last being Shohei Ohtani with an eighth-inning single. The Angels went 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
Mountcastle had two solo shots for the Orioles, Anthony Santander went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs and Ramón Urias drove in three runs.
Pitching against his former team for the first time since being traded in December 2019, Angels starter Dylan Bundy couldn’t find the strike zone and was pulled after facing just nine batters. The Orioles’ 2011 first-round pick walked three, hit a batter and gave up a home run but was charged with only one run after Junior Guerra (4-2) got two straight outs with the bases loaded.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Bundy wasn’t the only player facing his former team. Orioles second baseman Jahmai Jones was drafted out of high school by the Angels in 2015 and played two games for them last year before being traded to Baltimore for Alex Cobb. Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Jones made his debut with the Orioles, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and an error against a team he knew well.
“I’ve made relationships over there,” Jones said beforehand. “They saw me as a 17-year-old kid and now they’re seeing me across the field playing for the Orioles. It will definitely be fun.”
Angels: Nine-time All-Star OF Mike Trout is making progress his bid to return from a right calf strain that’s kept him sidelined since May 18. “He’s actually coming through these workouts a little bit better, but he’s not ready,” manager Joe Maddon said. … OF Justin Upton was kept out with soreness in his calf.
Orioles: SS Jorge Mateo left early with lower back discomfort. … It’s been a rocky summer for RH reliever Hunter Harvey, whose nine appearances were sandwiched between stints on the injured list. Out with a back strain since July 3, Harvey threw an inning for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday night and will have to pitch again — and maybe again — before ending his rehab assignment. “We will reassess after his next outing,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Angels: Two-way star Ohtani (8-1, 2.79 ERA) makes his first career start against the Orioles on Wednesday night. He’s won seven straight decisions, including each of his last four starts.
Orioles: It’s likely going to be a bullpen game for Baltimore, as Hyde said he wouldn’t name his starting pitcher for Wednesday until after he watched Tuesday’s game play out.
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