Brian Matusz picked up just his second win since April 18 and the O’s scored nine runs in the first four innings in a 9-7 win over the Angels Wednesday night as they are now 2-0 for new manager Buck Showalter.
Felix Pie, who had just one RBI over his past 18 games, had three hits, including a triple and 3 RBI. Luke Scott hit his 20th homer, a two-run shot and Adam Jones went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Ty Wigginton added a two-run single. Scott has homered in three straight games.
The O’s took a 9-1 lead to the 7th, when LA scored five vs. Matt Albers and David Hernandez.
Brian Roberts was hit with a thrown ball in the first inning and left in the sixth with a left shin contusion. Hernandez left when he suffered a left ankle sprain on a play at the plate.
Matusz had allowed 18 runs and 19 hits over 13 innings in his previous four starts. But tonight, he pitched out of two early jams and allowed just one run over six innings, improving to 4-11, 5.26.
The Angels were just one for 10 against him when batting with runners in scoring position.
The O’s scored three in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and five in the 4th vs. LA’s Ervin Santana, who had his shortest start of the year. He gave season highs in hits (12) and runs (9) over 3 2/3 innings.
Santana, a ten-game winner, went 2-2, 2.89 in July and entered tonight with the third-best road ERA in the AL at 2.73.
The Angels, who have now lost 10 of 13 games, fall under the .500 mark at 54-55.
The O’s, who are now 20-33 at home, are also 2-0 vs. the Angels after going 2-8 vs. the team last season.