Nick Markakis singled with two outs, and Jones followed with a shot to center field that almost hit the batter’s eye. Estimated distance: 446 feet.
Jones has homered in back-to-back games, raising his total to 18. He leads the club with 60 RBIs.
Angels starter Tyler Chatwood hadn’t allowed a home run in his last six starts. He won’t forget this one.
Chatwood has never gone through a major league start without walking at least one batter, but the Orioles haven’t worked him for a free pass today. Chatwood began the day with 53 walks and 51 strikeouts 98 2/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie is giving the Orioles their sixth quality start in the last eight games. Mark Worrell is warming in the bullpen.
Update: Guthrie is charged with three runs and six hits in seven innings, with four walks and one strikeout. He threw 109 pitches, 66 for strikes.
The rotation has produced six quality starts in the last eight games. Starters have completed seven innings five times in the last 36 games, and Guthrie has done it three times.
The Orioles almost had the potential tying run on first base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but umpire Lance Barrett blew the call on Matt Wieters, whose foot came down on the bag while Chatwood was still trying to pick up the ball.
The game soon fell apart for the Orioles.
Rookie Mike Trout hit his first major league home run in the top of the eighth, a three-run shot off Mark Worrell. Estimated distance: 398 feet. Torii Hunter added a two-run shot. Estimated distance: 370 feet.
Angels 8, Orioles 2.
Troy Patton replaced Worrell, whose ERA jumped to 36.00. Worrell is charged with five runs and four hits, with one walk.
Could he be involved in one of the roster moves on Tuesday?
By the way, Eddie Bane was the Angels’ scouting director who signed Trout and Chatwood, among others. He’s the Tigers’ scout who’s here today to watch Guthrie.