ANAHEIM -- Chris Davis' two-run home run in the seventh inning carried the first-place Orioles on Friday night as they defeated the Angels, 9-4, at Angel Stadium.After the Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, Davis knocked his home run off Angels
ANAHEIM -- Chris Davis' two-run home run in the seventh inning carried the first-place Orioles on Friday night as they defeated the Angels, 9-4, at Angel Stadium.
After the Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, Davis knocked his home run off Angels reliever Jose Alvarez just over the glove of left fielder Rafael Ortega. It gave the Orioles the lead for good.
The Orioles received pop early and often against Angels pitcher Hector Santiago, as right fielder Joey Rickard and shortstop Manny Machado opened the game with back-to-back home runs, and designated hitter Mark Trumbo launched a two-run blast before Santiago was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning. More >
"That's the type of game we're capable of playing," Trumbo said. "It's obviously the start of a long road trip, but that's a good sign."
Angels relievers were tasked with 6 1/3 innings of work after Santiago's ejection, as the dam finally broke for five runs combined over the last three innings to allow Baltimore to take and then extend the lead. More >
"Unfortunately, they got us late," Scioscia said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Homer happy: The Orioles scored their first six runs via four homers, capped by Davis' go-ahead, two-run shot in the seventh inning. It was the 10th homer of the year for Davis and it snapped an 0-for-10 skid. He leads the Majors with 169 homers since the start of the 2012 season. Davis' blast also made up for a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth, when his throw to second base hit Johnny Giavotella as the O's tried to turn a potential inning-ending double play.
"Chris hitting a left-handed pitcher the other way is pretty impressive," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He had two walks on the night. I love the way he's played on both sides of the ball."
Middle innings magic: On Friday, the Angels scored three runs in the sixth inning to climb out of a 4-1 hole and tie the game. The Angels loaded the bases with nobody out, scoring on a Giavotella single, a Carlos Perez sacrifice fly and a Gregorio Petit bloop single to knot things up.
"Any time you see a pitcher more than once, you get a feel for what they want to do, a feel for how their ball is moving," Giavotella said.
Quick strike: The Orioles flexed their muscle early as Rickard and Machado blasted consecutive home runs off Santiago to open the game. Rickard sent the second pitch he saw over the fence in left-center for his first career leadoff homer. Machado followed with a shot to right-center, the eighth time this season the O's have hit back-to-back homers.
"It was something special," said Rickard, who had several family members from Northern California and Las Vegas in attendance. "I'm glad I can give them what they came for. I didn't realize it would be that soon, but I'm happy the way things turned out." More >
Tough spot: For the second consecutive night, the Angels bullpen was forced to carry the load. After 4 2/3 hitless innings Thursday, it took 2 2/3 innings before Scioscia was forced to go to them again. Santiago was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing balls and strikes, departing after giving up four runs on three hits, all of which were homers.
"You have to do more than what Hector did to get thrown out of a ballgame. You have to do more than what Hector did to get thrown out of a ball game, and that's a joke." -- Scioscia, on Santiago's ejection in the third inning
"It's a lot of fun obviously. I think it can create some confidence for you, watching guys go up there and do it before you. Watching both Rick and Manny go up there and hammer balls, it's a good start." -- Trumbo, on the Orioles' back-to-back homers to begin the game
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The Orioles hit at least three homers in a game for the ninth time this season. They are 8-1 in those such games.
UNDER FURTHER REVIEW
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun hit a 90 mph fastball off of Orioles right-hander Mike Wright and knocked it near the bleachers in right field in the first inning. A fan hit it, knocking it back into play as Calhoun slid in for a double. The play was reviewed to see if there was fan interference or a home run. The play was overturned, ruling that while the ball did not go over the fence there was fan interference. Calhoun was awarded a ground-rule double.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout is an expert in marketing. On the same night that the Angels were honoring him with a figurine of him robbing a home run, Trout reached over the wall to rob Rickard of a second-inning homer.
"I [thought I had it], just knowing the elements here, that's the part of the field that the ball tends to fly out of," Rickard said. "That being said, I thought I got enough of it. But they thought otherwise."
Orioles:Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) seeks his first win of the season in his sixth start as the Orioles play the second game of their nine-game, 10-day road trip. The O' have played 15 road games this year, the fewest in MLB, and are 8-7. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.
Home team:Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49 ERA) has been building himself back up in his first two outings since returning to the Major Leagues, including a solid performance in a road win Monday against the Dodgers by giving up three runs over five innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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*Austin Laymance * is a reporter for MLB.com .
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com.