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Angels hit four homers in 7-3 victory over Orioles



Albert Pujols homered in his Camden Yards debut, and C.J. Wilson allowed one run in seven innings as the Los Angeles Angels had a season-high 17 hits in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo and John Hester also connected for the Angels, who have won 12 of 16 overall and 12 of their past 13 road games. The four home runs were a season high.

Pujols doubled and hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Brian Matusz (5-9). Pujols has now homered in 33 ballparks off 282 different pitchers.

Wilson (9-4) gave up six hits and improved to 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in seven starts since May 18.

Steve Pearce and Wilson Betemit homered for the Orioles, who have lost five of seven. Baltimore have totaled 11 runs over those seven games. The Orioles went one for eight with runners in scoring position and are two for 41 in that situation over their last eight games.


In New York, Phil Hughes bounced back from a rough outing to pitch eight scoreless innings and Alex Rodriguez hit a long home run as New York downed Cleveland.

Hughes (8-6) gave up six hits and a walk to win for the fifth time in six decisions. He lasted only 4-1/3 innings in his previous start.

Curtis Granderson had a two-run single and Chris Stewart added an RBI hit against Justin Masterson (4-7) in the second.

The Indians, losers of four straight, scored four runs against Cory Wade in the ninth on Johnny Damon’s RBI single and Jose Lopez’s three-run homer.

Rodriguez’s homer in the seventh off Tony Sipp was No. 642 of his career and it helped the Yankees to their fourth straight win and 14th in 17 games.


In Arlington, Texas, Yu Darvish struck out 10 in seven innings to lead Texas over Detroit and win his seventh consecutive start at Rangers Ballpark.

Darvish (10-4) recovered from a shaky start to post his fourth double-figure strikeout game, while joining teammate Matt Harrison and Tampa Bay’s David Price as the AL’s only 10-game winners. The Japanese pitcher is the first major leaguer since 1995 to win his first seven career home starts.

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton homered in the seventh. It was his 24th of the season to match Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the major league lead. Hamilton has a big league-best 67 RBIs.

Tigers starter Drew Smyly (2-3) allowed six runs over 4-2/3 innings in his return from injury.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

‧ Royals 8, Rays 2

‧ White Sox 3, Twins 2

‧ Mariners 3, Athletics 2



San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless innings to outduel Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw for the second time this season, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-0 on Tuesday, cutting the gap between the National League West’s top teams to just one game.

Vogelsong (7-3) followed Barry Zito’s seven innings in an 8-0 win in the series opener on Monday with his own gem, marking only the second time the Dodgers had been blanked in consecutive games in San Francisco — the other was in 1987.

Melky Cabrera’s leadoff homer in the fourth snapped Kershaw’s streak of 35-2/3 consecutive innings in San Francisco without allowing an earned run. Pablo Sandoval added an RBI single for the Giants, who have not been this close to first place since after the first day of the season.

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