Angels fall to Orioles after 2-hour rain delay

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rain was intensifying,

and the Baltimore Orioles knew it wouldn’t be long before umpires

called for a tarp to cover the sloppy field.

So, down by a run in the sixth inning,

the Orioles switched to beat-the-rain mode and used the elements to

their advantage in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday

night.

The teams played for 2 hours, 23 minutes

and endured a rain delay that lasted 2:14. Immediately before that

stoppage, Baltimore made the plays that won the game.

With the score tied at 2 in the bottom

of the sixth and the grounds crew poised to leap into action, Nate

McLouth led off with a bunt off Jered Weaver (1-2) and promptly stole

second.

“I figured I had a good chance of laying

one down there, and with the soaking wet field, that certainly helped,”

McLouth said. “When I got on there, it was wet, but I wanted to try to

get in scoring position as quick as I could. It’s tough to receive a

ball and throw in those conditions, too. So I took that chance, and it

ended up working out.”

Manny Machado followed with an

opposite-field single to right, and when the ball got past Josh

Hamilton, McLouth came home with the go-ahead run. Machado took third on

a single by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly to make it

4-2.

After Chris Davis hit a swishing

grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar for a force at second base, umpire Joe

West finally halted play.

“It wasn’t raining too hard to play

when we stopped,” West said. “The field was getting unplayable. And

that’s why we stopped.”

Too late for Weaver.

“That’s some of the toughest weather

I’ve ever had to pitch in in a little while,” the right-hander said.

“It’s kind of a guessing game. You don’t know whether they’re going to

stop it or going to call it. At the same time, both teams have to pitch

through it and hit through it. It was a little messy out there, but no

excuses. They were able to get a couple in that sixth inning and that

was the difference in the game.”

Los Angeles had tied it in the top of

the sixth on a home run by Hamilton. Mike Trout also homered for the

Angels, who have lost three straight to fall 10 games under .500

(27-37).

Making his fifth start since his

recovery from a broken left elbow, Weaver gave up four runs and six hits

in 5 2-3 innings. He was 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his previous four

starts against Baltimore.

“For the most part, it wasn’t too bad,”

he said. “But there were some times you’d throw a pitch and get it back

and the ball was already wet. It didn’t even have to hit the infield.”

Jones homered and drove in three runs to help the Orioles improve to 4-1 against the Angels this season.

“The sixth inning was big because they

tied it in the top half,” Jones said. “For us to fight and get two runs

off Weaver in that situation was very important, especially with what

happened with the rain.”

Los Angeles closed to 4-3 in the

seventh on Hamilton’s RBI grounder off Tommy Hunter, but Darren O’Day

worked a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for

his 22nd save.

Freddy Garcia (3-3) allowed two runs,

six hits and a walk over six innings for the Orioles. The 36-year-old

improved to 17-3 lifetime against the Angels, 7-0 since the start of the

2005 season.

Trout put the Angels up 1-0 in the

third inning with his 11th home run, the first in 72 at-bats since May

23. He didn’t hit No. 11 last year until July 6.

Weaver retired 10 of the first 11

batters he faced before Markakis drew a one-out walk in the fourth and

Jones followed with his second homer in two games.

In the sixth, however, Hamilton tied it

with a drive over the right field scoreboard. It was his ninth homer of

the season, the first in 13 games.

NOTES:

The Angels activated Peter Bourjos (hamstring) from the 15-day DL and

designated INF Chris Nelson for assignment. … Orioles 2B Brian Roberts

(hamstring) is working out with the team and hopes to return soon. “I

don’t think we have a timeframe, but we’re certainly in the

homestretch,” he said. Also, OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring) could begin a

rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week, manager Buck Showalter

said. … Baltimore 2B Alexi Casilla jammed his index finger Sunday

and did not play Monday. … Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) starts for Baltimore

on Tuesday. The Angels will start Jason Vargas, who blanked the Orioles

in Anaheim on May 3. … Trout has seven career HRs against Baltimore,

tied for his most against any club (also Texas).