Garrett Richards Seeks First-Ever Win Over Baltimore

By Jose Serrano

Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The opportunity was there for Erick Aybar. Albert Pujols reached on a 12th-innings single and Josh Hamilton’s double sent Pujols to third, setting the stage for the All-Star shortstop.

Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels, Aybar-who went 0-for-6 last night- shot a momentum killing liner to first base. Moments later, Baltimore’s Manny Machado launched Cory Rasmus’ curveball over the left field wall for his first-ever walk-off home run.

The Orioles’ 7-6 win was their third in four meetings over the Angels this season, each coming by two runs or less. The American League East division leaders win their seventh straight extra-inning affair while the Angels fall 2 ½ games behind Oakland.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards hasn’t been kind to the Angels over the last few years where they have a 6-9 record since 2010. Last week, O’s pitching held the Angels to 2.3 runs per game and nearly swept a three-game series before the Halos scraped together a 3-2 victory.

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  • Garrett Richards takes the mound tonight hoping to garner momentum for the Angels, who next head to Tampa Bay.

    Pitching Matchup – Garrett Richards (11-3, 2.62 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (4-3, 3.67 ERA)

    Richards is looking for his first win since July 11. They young right-hander hasn’t pitched badly, yielding five runs over 14 innings for a 3.21 ERA; he’s just faced former Cy Young winners Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer.

    Despite his 0-1 mark and 9.00 ERA, Richards has only surrendered one run through 3 1/3 innings at Oriole Park. A solid outing averts the Angels’ fourth-straight series loss to Baltimore.

    His only Angel Stadium appearance against the birds came in 2012, lasting just 4 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs.

    Kevin Gausman’s first-ever start against the Angels comes days after limiting Seattle to one run. He induced a season-high 10 ground balls and shut out the Mariners through the first six innings. It was the third time this month Gausman’s only given up one run.

    The 23-year-old righty hasn’t fared well at home this year, compiling a 4.33 ERA in 27 innings. He’s given up about the same number of hits, but runs allowed are nearly doubled at Camden Yards (13 at home, seven on the road.)

    Walk offs:

    1. The Angels haven’t won a series in Baltimore since sweeping a two-game set in June 2012.
    2. Mike Trout is 5-for-30 with one home run and two RBIs since July 21, dropping his batting average to .302.
    3. Ryan Flaherty is 3-for-4 with a home run against Richards.

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