Had the Orioles failed to score in the sixth – or if the Orioles failed to get their fair at bat in the sixth without scoring -- the game could have been suspended as a tie and resumed Tuesday.
Pitching through the elements, Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia continued his dominance of the Angels, winning his seventh straight decision against Los Angeles. Despite allowing two homers — and six in his last two starts — the 36-year-old Garcia held the Angels to two runs on five hits over six innings and improved his record against Los Angeles to 17-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 30 career starts, with his team winning 24 of those starts.
Once the storms receded, West surveyed the field and decided to try to resume play.
“We’ve done this before,” West said. “What did the (grounds crew) say? He said, ‘I need an hour.’ And I said, ‘You have 40 minutes.’”
After play resumed — following a impressive grounds crew mop-up job that included removing about three inches of standing water from the right-field corner -- right-hander Tommy Hunter took over for Garcia and despite allowing a run and walking two, he stranded the bases loaded, getting a strikeout of Albert Pujols and getting Mark Trumbo to ground out to second. Ryan Flaherty made a nice play to snag Trumbo's ball up the middle and throw across his body to throw out Trumbo and end the inning.
Darren O'Day tossed a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson retired the Angels in order in the ninth for his 22nd save of the season.
Before the delay, Adam Jones hit his second homer in as many days, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead with one out in the fourth inning. Jones turned on a 78-mph changeup from Weaver on a 1-0 count. Jones' homer came after Markakis drew a one-out walk on seven pitches.
The Angels went up early on Mike Trout’s opposite-field homer onto the flag court in right field in the third inning. Trout’s 11th homer of the season came on an 87-mph slider.
Steady showers were off and on throughout the game until it became a downpour in the fifth inning, when Hamilton led off the inning with a solo shot through the storm that landed in the right-field flag court.