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Manny's slam spoils Trout's birthday bash

August 7, 2017

ANAHEIM -- Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings and Manny Machado crushed a tiebreaking grand slam as the Orioles spoiled Michael Trout's big night with a 6-2 win over the Angels in Monday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.Trout, who turned 26 on Monday, doubled for

ANAHEIM -- Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings and Manny Machado crushed a tiebreaking grand slam as the Orioles spoiled Michael Trout's big night with a 6-2 win over the Angels in Monday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.
Trout, who turned 26 on Monday, doubled for his 1,000th career hit in the fourth and homered off the left-field pole to tie the game at 2 in the sixth, but the Orioles quickly reclaimed the lead after Machado hammered his fifth career grand slam off right-hander JC Ramirez in the seventh.

Baltimore (56-56) has now won eight of its last 10 games, climbing back to .500 and pulling within 1 1/2 games of the Royals and Rays for the second American League Wild Card spot.
"When was the last time a below .500 team was in the playoffs?" said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose club shed a losing record for the first time since June 29 with the win. "You just know that you got to play better and you got to win on the road. Those are two good things that happened tonight."
Bundy delivered another quality start for the Orioles, allowing two runs on five hits while walking none. The Angels scored their only runs of the game against him on Kole Calhoun's sacrifice fly in the fourth and Trout's solo home run in the sixth.
"Just showing the slider early and sticking with it," Bundy said of what made him successful. "That was kind of the game plan coming into the game with Welly [catcher Welington Castillo] that we were going to throw quite a bit of sliders to those guys."

Ramirez, who was struck by a broken bat in the fourth but remained in the game, blanked the Orioles through the first four innings before yielding a pair of runs in the fifth. Still, his biggest mistake came two innings later, when he gave up the go-ahead slam and departed with the Angels trailing, 6-2. The 28-year-old right-hander was charged with six runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts over seven innings.
"He just plays hardball and goes after hitters," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made a lot of good pitches tonight. There weren't many that got away from him. The one little slider to Machado was one of those."
Trout finished 2-for-4, but the Angels mustered only three singles outside of his offensive effort. After losing three straight, the Angels (55-58) dropped three games out of a Wild Card spot.

No shutdown inning for JC: The Angels opened the scoring after Trout doubled and scored on Kole Calhoun's sacrifice fly in the fourth, but Ramirez relinquished the lead by yielding two runs in the top of the fifth. After Timothy Beckham singled and Seth Smith walked, Joey Rickard put the Orioles on the board with a bloop single to shallow center field that dropped just out of the reach of a diving Andrelton Simmons. Adam Jones followed by lifting a sacrifice fly to deep center field, plating Smith and giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

Machado's slam: Machado produced the biggest hit of the night, launching a grand slam to left-center field that put the Orioles ahead for good, 6-2.
"I was just trying to get something over the plate. He was running the ball in and using that slider the whole game," Machado said of Ramirez. "He was pitching a hell of a game. Just had a couple mistakes and we were able to take advantage of it."
Smith and Welington Castillo helped set up the slam with consecutive one-out hits, and Ramirez then drilled Jones with an 0-2 fastball to load the bases. Ramirez subsequently left an 0-1 slider over the plate to Machado, who deposited it into the Angels' bullpen in left field for his 21st home run of the season.
"A lot of good things happened tonight, everyone got to see a 1,000th hit and we won the game. It's another milestone." -- Showalter on Trout's achievement
"You obviously want to hear your name with the greats and the Hall of Famers when you do something. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel special to be a part of such good company. For me, it's just going out there and playing. I'm not trying to chase any numbers. We're trying to get to the playoffs, and that's the main goal." -- Trout, on becoming the 10th AL player to reach 1,000 hits before his age-26 season
Trout has now homered on his birthday four times in six seasons, tying Garret Anderson for the most in Angels history.

The Angels and Orioles both took the field before the game and held a moment of silence in honor of Don Baylor, who died on Monday after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. Baylor was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 1967 Draft and went on to play for six teams over his 19-year career in the Majors. He played for the California Angels for six seasons and won the 1979 MVP Award after helping the franchise secure its first playoff appearance.
"Everything that you strive to be as a human being, he was off the charts," said Scioscia, who worked with Baylor when he was the club's hitting coach in 2014 and '15. "He took the time to help young players, took the time to be the role model that he was. We're all blessed to have crossed paths with him and just gotten to know Donnie. He'll continue to inspire us."

Showalter said his club was honored to be asked to take part in the ceremony.
"He was a big part of a lot of good Orioles teams, too. I didn't really know how many teams he had been a part of. He impacted a lot of people's lives, boy. A life well lived. People talk about him reverently as a hitting coach and as a manager."

Orioles:Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, coming off a terrific seven-inning Orioles debut. The righty won after allowing five hits and one walk with three strikeouts over seven scoreless innings Wednesday vs. the Royals. First pitch is set for 10:07 p.m. ET.
Angels:Parker Bridwell, acquired from the Orioles in April for cash considerations, will face his former team Tuesday night, with first pitch at 7:07 p.m. PT. Bridwell allowed four runs over five innings in his last start against the Phillies on Thursday.
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