BALTIMORE - The Angels left town with a pair of impressive wins.
The Orioles can only hope they took their bats with them.
Of course, at the rate they're swinging these days they might want to ask for a little help.
Baltimore's invisible offense was back at it Wednesday night. Only this time the starting pitching, which has been solid during most of the hitting slump, didn't cooperate.
Los Angeles battered the Birds 13-1 in front of 18,055 at Camden Yards and sent them to their sixth loss in eight games.
The Angels (42-33) scored six runs on seven hits and two errors in the fourth, and got 11 men to the plate to chase Jason Hammel and send him to his worst outing of the year. Hammel (8-3) tied a career high with eight runs allowed and his ERA rose from 2.61 to to 3.29. He lasted only 3 1-3 innings and surrendered eight hits, and said things just didn't feel right from the start.
"They're a good contact-hitting ballclub," Hammel said. "They've got their boppers, too, but it was more or less me getting behind, or trying to do too much. Overall, I didn't set the tone very well."
Los Angeles has won four of five games against the Orioles and Tuesday the Angels relied on Mike Trout and Torii Hunter, their top two batters in the lineup who combined to go 7 for 11 with seven runs and three RBIs. Hunter smacked a solo home run in the first that ended Hammel's run of 19 innings without giving up an earned run.
Kendrys Morales added three hits and four RBIs for the Angels, who were 8 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Baltimore's offensive struggles, meanwhile, dragged on. The Orioles were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, which ran their current slide to 2 for 47.
Baltimore allowed 18 earned runs and 33 hits in the two games against the Angels, who compounded things by throwing C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver. Wilson won Tuesday and Weaver added a victory on Wednesday, going 6 2-3 innings and striking out six. Weaver improved to 8-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.31.
"I'm not going to get into that 'woe is me,'" Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll regroup and be ready to play [today]. We haven't had many of these. We had a couple tough games here and I know our guys will respond."
Matt Wieters tried to pick off Trout at third base during the fourth inning, but Wilson Betemit couldn't handle the throw and Trout scored. Betemit and Adam Jones were charged with errors in the frame, and that's where the game got away from the Orioles (41-33).
It turned into the most lopsided loss of the season.
Jones had a RBI double in the first, which scored Davis from first base after he singled and snapped an 0-for-29 skid.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, mired in a 3-for-37 slump, looked like he was about to break out of it in his first at-bat. Hardy sent a Weaver pitch to deep right-center in the first inning, but Trout raced back, leaped at the wall and snared the ball before it went out for a home run.
Trout, the Angels' prized rookie outfielder and the AL's leader in batting average at .344, wowed the fans with his sparkling play and tied a career high with four hits.
Hardy made solid contact twice but went 1 for 4 and is 3 for 21 on the current homestand.
"I feel like things are kind of looking up because those are two of the better swings I've had in the last couple of weeks," Hardy said. "I'm OK with it because they're better swings than what I've been doing."
Cleveland comes to town for a four-game series that runs through Sunday. At this point, the Orioles will take anybody but Los Angeles.
The Halos have won 24 of their last 32 games and lead the majors with a 36-19 record since April 28. The Angels are 16-7 in June and 13-1 in their last 14 road games.
"It's always frustrating," Hardy said. "Whenever we got runners in scoring position, we always want to get them in. Just hasn't been going our way lately."
NOTE: Nick Johnson left Wednesday's game after one at-bat with some pain in his right wrist. Johnson, who was the designated hitter, has had problems with his right wrist in the past but said there wasn't any swelling so he'll wait and see how things feel in a few days.