ANAHEIM -- Four times on Tuesday, the Orioles walked Michael Trout. In the end, it was the guy after him, Justin Upton, who beat them.Upton delivered the ninth-inning one-out RBI single off Orioles closer Brad Brach to hand the O's a frustrating 3-2 walk-off loss to the Angels.Baltimore -- off
ANAHEIM -- Four times on Tuesday, the Orioles walked Michael Trout. In the end, it was the guy after him, Justin Upton, who beat them.
Upton delivered the ninth-inning one-out RBI single off Orioles closer Brad Brach to hand the O's a frustrating 3-2 walk-off loss to the Angels.
Baltimore -- off to one of the worst starts in franchise history-- entered Tuesday with a little momentum, having won its first home series against Detroit. But any hope of starting a win streak was quashed with Upton's 0-2 single into left field.
"It's extremely frustrating," Brach said of giving up the game-winning hit after the O's had come back to tie it in the ninth. "The team deserves better, and I just got to do a better job. You scratch and claw and get a couple wins like we did this weekend and come back in that game, you got to give your team at least a chance to score runs the next inning."
Brach, who entered after Richard Bleier recorded the first out, didn't retire a batter. He surrendered singles to No. 9 batter Martin Maldonado and Ian Kinsler before Trout -- who was intentionally walked three times prior -- worked a full-count free pass to load the bases for Upton.
"Anytime you get ahead 1-2, especially on Kinsler and Trout, I've had pretty good success against Trout. Just got to throw something near the zone and give myself a chance," said Brach, who suffered the loss and now has a 6.55 ERA. "Don't want the bases loaded there. I think those are the two at-bats [I'd like back]. Got to make a better pitch when I get ahead."
The Orioles, held to just one hit through their first eight innings, had just tied things up on Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian. After Trey Mancini's leadoff single, Manny Machado recorded his second hit of the night, with an RBI double into left field. Adam Jones tied the game at 2, singling up the middle to score Machado.
The defeat, which marks the 12th time in 29 games the Orioles have been held to two runs or fewer, wasted starter Alex Cobb's best effort of the season. The righty, who signed late and missed all of Spring Training, turned in his first quality start in four games, allowing two runs in six-plus innings.
"You see a lot of ground balls, a lot of attacking the zone, a lot of counts in his favor," manager Buck Showalter said of Cobb's outing. "That is the guy who was such a thorn for us when he was with Tampa and healthy."
Cobb, who called trying to right himself the past three starts one of the hardest things he's done in his career, was crisp early. Of the first 13 outs he recorded, 12 came via the ground ball.
"When my delivery is on point pretty good, you're going to see a lot of ground balls. The next step you're going to start seeing is more swings and misses after that. That is kind of the direction when I know I am kind of right," said Cobb, who exited after a leadoff double to Maldonado in the seventh. "The ground balls start happening, and the swings and misses happen. But it does show that I'm moving in the right direction."
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"I think it just feels good to give the team a chance to win. Personally, where I am at on my road to getting fully back and fully comfortable, I would say I'm close. A lot of leaps that I have taken over the past four starts. So, you know, am I fully content and happy with where I'm at? I'm not. But I am happy to walk off the mound knowing the team had a chance." -- Cobb
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