Albert Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Angels beat the Orioles 1-0 Thursday night to avert a three-game series sweep.
Albert Pujols hits the game winning one RBI single in the thirteenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles.
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By Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A frustrating night for Albert Pujols had a delightful ending.
Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday to avert a three-game sweep.
Pujols grounded into double plays in each of his first two at-bats. In the 11th, the 34-year-old slugger hit a scorcher down the third-base line that Manny Machado snared in the top of the webbing before throwing to first from foul ground to beat Pujols by a step.
Then came the 13th.
Kole Calhoun drew a leadoff walk from Ryan Webb (3-2) and Mike Trout singled before Pujols singled through the drawn-in infield.
"Albert hit the ball hard every time up except one popup but had nothing really to show for it until he lined that single to center," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's what Albert is about. He keeps playing. Machado is a magician out there, took a couple of hits away from him."
Angels: Left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has been sidelined since July 10 with a sprained right ankle, is expected to return Saturday to start at Tampa Bay.
Orioles: First baseman Chris Davis (stomach virus) missed a third straight start but entered as the designated hitter in the ninth. He struck out and walked. Left-hander T.J. McFarland returned from bereavement leave and righty Preston Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Angels: Matt Shoemaker, who went 3-1 in July, seeks to extend that run into a new month Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Tampa Bay.
Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (11-3) faces the Mariners, who send Roenis Elias (8-8) to the mound Friday night to start a three-game series. Baltimore took three of four from Seattle last week.
After Jones was picked off first base in the 11th, the Orioles called for a replay.
The call stood up.
"Safe. He never tagged him," Showalter said. "I don't know what they're looking at. I think we lead the league in stands. A paranoid man would worry more about it, an alert man would wonder about it. I do."