The Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels on a skid for their first 8-game single-season winning streak since 2005

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels on a skid for their first 8-game single-season winning streak since 2005

BALTIMORE — Quite unexpectedly and for the first time in years, the Baltimore Orioles had a week filled with wins, cheering fans, hugs and high fives.

The Orioles earned their eighth straight victory Sunday, using back-to-back innings of four runs and three RBIs from Ramón Urías to beat the road-weary Los Angeles Angels 9-5.

Baltimore fell behind 2-0 before coming back strong to complete a 7-0 homestand and its first four-game sweep against the Angels since 2003. The Orioles had not won eight straight games in a season since April 22 as of May 1, 2005, however they have won 12 in a row over two seasons in late 2015 and early 2016.

It’s been quite an exhilarating time for a rebuilding team that has lost more than 100 games in three of the past four years, barring the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

“I’ve been waiting for a week like this for a long time, most of my career,” said designated hitter Trey Mancini, who broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016. “It’s something I certainly don’t take for granted. We’re just having a great time here, playing so well as a team.”

Urías scored a two-run single on a four-run fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 8-2. That put the Orioles (43-44) on track to move into a .500 game for the first time since starting 0-1.

“You know, I had higher hopes for us this year as a team, but I don’t think I could have imagined team camaraderie being what it is,” Mancini said. “It’s just that everything is very well aligned for us.”

Monte Harrison and Max Stassi homered for the sinking Angels, who are now in their worst 11 games of the season under .500 at 38-49 after a 1-8 swing that started in Houston and Miami.

It was a particularly sloppy performance from Los Angeles. During Baltimore’s four-point fifth, not only was there a field error and a disallowance, but one run was scored on a passed fly ball and another on a wild throw.

“It’s just frustrating. We didn’t play a good defensive game in a few places,” caretaker manager Phil Nevin said. “We have to keep grinding. I know what it’s like right now and I know where we are. We’ve got a lot of good players. We’re a team that has to play crisp, clean baseball and we haven’t. done today.”

Austin Voth (1-1) pitched five innings for his first victory with the Orioles since being claimed off waivers from Washington on June 7. a.

“In 2019 we had great chemistry and guys who got together and joked and played well,” he said. “I’m starting to see that here.”

Harrison gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the third with his second career home run, a two-run drive to the right. After celebrating his first long ball since August 2020 with the Marlins, he had to wait for a video replay as the Orioles wondered if he had actually touched first base.

Los Angeles starter Jose Suarez (1-3) retired his first 10 batters before walking two and hitting another in the fourth. The southpaw gave up an RBI double to Ryan Mountcastle, a two-run single to Urías and was waived after Rougned Odor scored a single in a run.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: OF Austin Hays had the day off to rest his sore right wrist, which hasn’t been 100 percent since being hit by a pitch Monday against Texas. … RHP Travis Lakins (right elbow inflammation) transferred to IL 60 days.

NEXT

Angels: After a day off, Los Angeles and RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-7, 3.84 ERA) will face the visiting Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Orioles: After taking the day off Monday, Baltimore sends RHP Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.50) to the mound Tuesday night in Game 1 of a two-game series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

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