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Bundy gives up 3 homers as O's fall to Angels

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ANAHEIM -- It was an anomaly, it stood to reason, after Dylan Bundy's last outing. The righty uncharacteristically had allowed a career-high eight runs (seven earned) to Tampa Bay, including a pair of homers after allowing just one long ball over his first five starts.

But after watching the Orioles' ace surrender three more homers and seven runs (five earned) in Wednesday's 10-7 loss to the Angels, it is becoming less outlier and more disturbing trend. And for a last-place Baltimore club that is fighting to turn things around, Bundy's 4 1/3-inning outing is the latest concern.

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ANAHEIM -- It was an anomaly, it stood to reason, after Dylan Bundy's last outing. The righty uncharacteristically had allowed a career-high eight runs (seven earned) to Tampa Bay, including a pair of homers after allowing just one long ball over his first five starts.

But after watching the Orioles' ace surrender three more homers and seven runs (five earned) in Wednesday's 10-7 loss to the Angels, it is becoming less outlier and more disturbing trend. And for a last-place Baltimore club that is fighting to turn things around, Bundy's 4 1/3-inning outing is the latest concern.

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"If I'm [behind in the count] 2-0, then I leave the third one out over the middle of the plate and high and then yeah, that's a pretty easy pitch to hit out of the ballpark," said Bundy, who has allowed 12 earned runs in his past two starts after allowing five earned runs total in his first five games. "You've either got to work ahead or make better pitches behind in the count, and I'm not doing either right now."

Video: BAL@LAA: Peterson rips a bases-clearing triple in 9th

The Orioles' offense, which broke out for a five-run ninth inning to make things more respectable, couldn't do enough to dig out of the early hole. Held to one run through the the first seven innings, the O's mounted a late rally that came up short for the second successive night.

"It's not a good feeling. We know what we are capable of," first baseman Chris Davis said of an Orioles team that is 8-22, tied for the second-worst record in the Majors. "We know the potential of the team, and we are not playing up to that potential right now. But if you hang your head and start feeling bad for yourself, you're just going to get buried even more."

Bundy had been unflappable though much of the Orioles' early season struggles, but that's no longer the case. The Angels jumped on him right away with first-inning homers from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols and a big three-run shot by Justin Upton in the fifth.

Video: BAL@LAA: Upton belts a 3-run homer to deep left

"He's elevating the ball. In those successful outings, he was driving the ball down and away," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy, who tied a career-high with three homers allowed. "That's still his bread and butter. He's trying. He'll figure it out, but when you see a couple in a row like that from a good pitcher, you're always concerned it's something else."

Bundy saw things exacerbated when the defense floundered in the fourth. That frame started when Shohei Ohtani's ground ball hit off of Davis' glove for a one-out baserunner. Left fielder Trey Mancini couldn't reel in Andrelton Simmons' sinking liner on a diving attempt, and shortstop Manny Machado's relay throw to home skipped over catcher Caleb Joseph to allow Ohtani to score easily. Simmons moved to third on the throw and scored on Zack Cozart's groundout.

Orioles reliever Mike Wright allowed two runs in the sixth, and Pedro Araujo surrendered a solo homer to Martin Maldonado in the eighth.

Video: BAL@LAA: Maldonado cranks a solo home run to left

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
No early offense for O's: The Orioles put runners on the corners in the fifth inning with no outs, but Mancini struck out and Angels starter Andrew Heaney got a double-play ball from Craig Gentry to keep Baltimore from closing the gap. Heaney went six innings and allowed one run on five hits.

"Yeah, we had some opportunities," Showalter said. "Ended up scoring seven. They probably would have pitched [the ninth] differently if the game had be closer, but you would have liked to push one across [in the fifth]. Keep us in the game.

"We seem to string them together pretty good towards the end. It's the in-between that's been a challenge for us."

Video: BAL@LAA: Heaney induces a clutch 5-4-3 double play

HE SAID IT
"I think a lot of it has to go into, really, the approach. That is really all I can think of right now. Not trying to do too much with one swing or with one pitch. But just going up there, I felt like we kind of singled them to death in that last inning. That has to be our approach day in and day out. We've relied on the home run in the past way too often, and we've done it for way too long." -- Davis

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Engelb Vielma recorded his first Major League hit with a single to center field in the fifth inning.

Video: BAL@LAA: Vielma singles to right for his 1st MLB hit

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Cozart's ground ball down the first-base line was snagged by a diving Davis. As both approached the bag, Cozart slid and Davis dove headfirst, the latter stretching out to tag the base with the ball. Cozart was called out on an extremely close play. The Angels challenged, but the call would stand after review.

Video: BAL@LAA: Davis' diving play stands after review

UP NEXT
Baltimore will send Chris Tillman to the hill in Thursday's 10:07 p.m. ET series finale against the Angels. Tillman will try for his second straight win after he allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings vs. Detroit on Friday. He hasn't won consecutive starts since July 16-21, 2016. Jaime Barria will get the ball for the Halos.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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