Orioles' Jason Hammel has early exit against Angels

The Baltimore Sun

Jason Hammel's bid to become an All-Star for the first time in his career took a big hit Wednesday night.

The Orioles right-hander struggled through his worst outing of the year, lasting just 3 1/3 innings (his shortest outing of the season) and tying a career-high with eight runs allowed.

Hammel entered the night having not allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings of work and yielded just six hits over his last two outings, one of them a complete-game, one-hit shutout at Atlanta on June 16.

Until tonight, Hammel hadn't allowed more than four earned runs in a game this season. He was especially good at Camden Yards, going 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA.

Hammel (8-2) opened the night with the AL's sixth-best ERA (2.61), but after tonight's game it ballooned to 3.29 and he's out of the top 10.

Hammel didn't get hit extremely hard tonight. Six of the eight hits against him were singles, but the Angels pieced together a sixth-run fourth inning that Hammel wouldn't survive. His three walks didn't help either.

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