“You always want to finish what you started,” Hammel said. “When you can't even get an out there, that's a pretty pivotal point in the game. Putting the bullpen in the position that I put them in, it's hard not to watch four runs come in when people are on. They shouldn't have been on in the first place.”
Davis hit his majors-leading 21st homer of the season in the fourth inning, a mammoth solo shot that landed just in front of the batter’s eye in center field. The home run, his first in 10 days, snapped a string of eight games without an RBI and gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead against Angels starter Jerome Williams (5-2).
Jones added a solo homer in the sixth, taking an 0-1 cutter into the left-field stands for his 14th homer of the season and his second of the series.
The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. McLouth led of the inning with a single, and Manny Machado followed with his majors-leading 28th double of the season. Both runners scored on ground outs by Nick Markakis and Jones.
Conger put the Angels (28-38) on the board on the third, blasting a 2-0 delivery from Hammel over the right-field fence and on to Eutaw Street. Conger’s blast was the 69th homer to reach Eutaw Street in the history of Camden Yards, the first by an Angel since Lee Stevens on May 23, 1992, the second month of the ballpark’s existence.
After Wednesday’s game, the Orioles had to take solace in the fact that they took two of three from the Angels.
“We played well today; I didn’t think we played bad,” Davis said. “They took advantage of the opportunity to score runs late in the game, and that was huge for them. I think everybody was dragging a little bit today just because it was an early start. But yeah, I mean, we beat their ace [Jered Weaver] and beat a pretty good pitcher in [Jason] Vargas.”