Roundup: Angels’ stop 4-game losing streak

There were tricky hops all around in Baltimore as second baseman Ryan Flaherty couldn’t handle this first-inning single Wednesday.
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There were tricky hops all around in Baltimore as second baseman Ryan Flaherty couldn’t handle this first-inning single Wednesday.

One rousing comeback victory won’t completely turn around a frustrating season for the Los Angeles Angels.

Their 9-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at Camden Yards did, however, make the prospect of taking a cross-country trip home a whole lot more palatable.

Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning that helped the Angels stop a four-game losing streak.


Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits, and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help Los Angeles avert a three-game sweep and put a positive finish on a 2-4 trip that began in Boston.

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‘‘After losing the first two games of the series, we really needed this win,’’ Conger said. ‘‘It’s very uplifting for us to go home with this win.’’

Los Angeles trailed, 4-2, before getting five hits — three for extra bases — and two walks in the seventh against three pitchers.

‘‘Real good at-bats,’’ Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ‘‘Drew some walks, got into some good hitting counts. It was good to see our offense . . . with some clutch hits at the end.’’

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for Baltimore, 0-5 this season when trying to complete a three- or four-game sweep. The Orioles next host the AL East-leading Red Sox in a four-game series beginning Thursday night.


Reds 2, Cubs 1 Mike Leake combined with Aroldis Chapman on a three-hitter and Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run against former teammate Travis Wood in the seventh inning, leading Cincinnati to its record 12th straight win at Wrigley Field.

Leake (6-3) won for the fourth time in five decisions, allowing only Nate Schierholtz’s second-inning home run into the right-field bleachers, his eighth of the season. The Cincinnati starter gave up one run and three hits while striking out six over eight innings.

Wood (5-5) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings, his third loss in four decisions. He fell to 0-3 with a 4.65 ERA in five starts against the Reds, who traded him to the Cubs on Dec. 23, 2011, for reliever Sean Marshall.

Royals 3, Tigers 2 — Lorenzo Cain, who had struck out his first three times, hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth and Eric Hosmer had a winning RBI single in the 10th, helping host Kansas City rally.

Cain struck out against Detroit ace Justin Verlander, who pitched seven scoreless innings.


Nationals 5, Rockies 1 — Ross Ohlendorf, recalled earlier in the day from Triple A Syracuse, pitched six strong innings in his Washington debut, Ian Desmond drove in three runs, and the Nationals won in Denver.

Twins 4, Phillies 3 — Clete Thomas went 4 for 4 with two RBI doubles and came home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Minnesota stuck visiting Philadelphia with its fifth straight loss.

Indians 5, Rangers 2 — Jason Kipnis finished a triple shy of the cycle and Mike Aviles also homered as visiting Cleveland got a series-clinching victory over Texas.

Pirates 12, Giants 8 — Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times and three other players had three hits each as host Pittsburgh set season highs for runs and hits in beating San Francisco.

Mets 5, Cardinals 1 — Dillon Gee had his third straight stellar start — allowing three earned runs over 21 innings in his past three starts — and Lucas Duda hit one of three Mets homers as host New York knocked off St. Louis.

Padres 5, Braves 3 — Edinson Volquez struck out a season-high nine in seven innings as he rebounded from the worst start of his career and led host San Diego to a three-game sweep of NL East-leading Atlanta.

Brewers 10, Marlins 1 — Carlos Gomez had four hits, including two triples, and Jonathan Lucroy drove in four runs to lead Milwaukee in Miami.

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The Blue Jays game in Chicago for Wednesday night was postponed because severe storms were in the forecast.

No makeup date was announced. The Blue Jays aren’t scheduled to play again at U.S. Cellular Field this season. This was the fourth home postponement for the White Sox this season, the most since they had five home games called off in 2008.