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As Kris Benson finished getting dressed at his locker, he fired his towel toward a shopping cart in the middle of the clubhouse and overshot his target by a few feet.

"That had some carry on it," he said.

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So did everything else he threw.

Benson kept leaving the ball up and over the plate, and the Angels reached him for four runs and nine hits in five innings.

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"It's just a matter of making an adjustment before my next start," he said.

Benson said he was surprised that manager Sam Perlozzo removed him after 80 pitches. Sendy Rleal allowed one run in relief, and the Angels tagged on four more against Tim Byrdak.

"I didn't think he had his good stuff today," Perlozzo said. "He was getting the ball up. I thought it was just a matter of time for him."

Chris Britton pitched a scoreless ninth, getting a called third strike on Darin Erstad on a 91 mph fastball.

As for the home run that wasn't, Perlozzo basically laid the blame on both players. Miguel Tejada shouldn't have retreated to first, especially with Darin Erstad sprawled on the ground, and Javy Lopez shouldn't have passed Tejada.

"It was just a botched play," Perlozzo said.

Second base umpire Gerry Davis told Perlozzo that third base umpire Brian Gorman signaled for a  home run, but the Orioles never saw it.

Byrdak's ERA is 18.00, and he's leaving the ball over the plate, without any movement, after pounding the outside corner in spring training. He's also unable to consistantly get his breaking ball over for strikes.

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