“Three or four years ago, [Hammel] may not have been able to get through that [first inning],” Showalter said. “That was a mental challenge. We got down 3-1 and he gave us some zeros after that.”

With the tying run on second with two outs in the sixth, Hammel ended the inning by striking out Trout looking with a nasty curveball on his 107th and final pitch of the afternoon. He allowed four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

“One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you grind it out with a good-hitting ballclub, you’re going to have the chance to come out with a W,” said Hammel, who earned his first career win over the Angels in his fifth career appearance (fourth start) against them. “That’s what these guys do for me.”

The Orioles bullpen closed out the club’s 107th straight win when leading after seven innings of work. Left-hander Brian Matusz struck out Josh Hamilton to open the seventh and Pedro Strop overcame a walk to the first batter he faced that inning and a balk to hold the Angels scoreless.

Darren O’Day came in for Troy Patton with runners at second and third with two outs in the eighth and induced Trout into a weak nubber to the right of the mound that Davis fielded and tossed to O’Day covering at first just in time to get the speedy Trout.

O’Day, who earned his first save of the season, allowed a leadoff double to Josh Hamilton in the ninth, but retired the next three Angels batters to close out the game and get the Orioles on their cross-country flight back to Baltimore that wasn’t expected to arrive until 3 a.m. local time Monday morning.

But behind the blood-shot eyes will be a sense of satisfaction from playing well out west.

“It’s huge for us,” Machado said. “To come out with a winning record [on the road trip] just makes it that much easier to go home and get the next series going. It just helps us out. We played great defense. We were hitting with runners in scoring position. Our pitching did very well this whole road trip. That definitely does help us.”

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