Angels beat Orioles, hand Matusz 12th loss in row
Friday, April 20, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Howie Kendrick had three hits and three RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Friday night to end a three-game losing streak and hand Brian Matusz his 12th straight loss.
Jerome Williams (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking one. Jordan Walden converted the first ninth-inning save situation by the Angels this season, walking one of his four batters.
The victory pulled the Angels (5-9) within 612 games of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, who were rained out in Detroit. The largest deficit the Angels have overcome to win any of their eight division titles was in 2004, when they were six games off the pace on July 21.