BALTIMORE - The Angels stayed hot while Brian Matusz, and the Orioles' offense, did not.
Los Angeles set a season high in hits and pounded Matusz, who labored through his fourth consecutive poor outing, as the Orioles fell 7-3 Tuesday in front of 24,296 at Camden Yards.
The Angels won for the 23rd time in their last 31 games and hold baseball's best record since April 28. They showed why they've been streaking with an impressive offensive display, something the Orioles haven't seen in some time.
Los Angeles collected 17 hits and smacked four home runs, another season high, in the win.
Meanwhile, Matusz allowed a career-high 13 hits and gave up a pair of home runs in five-plus innings, one of which came from Angels slugger Albert Pujols in his Camden Yards debut.
Pujols hit a two-run shot in the fifth, his 12th of the year, and added a double in the first.
Peter Bourjos also went deep for a two-run homer in the sixth and Mark Trumbo launched a solo shot in the seventh that traveled 448 feet to center field. John Hester added a solo homer in the eighth.
Howie Kendrick had three hits and every player in the Halos' lineup had at least one hit.
Meanwhile, the Orioles (41-32) have dropped five of seven and their offense has totaled only 11 runs in that stretch. Over the last eight games, Baltimore is 2 for 41 with runners in scoring position.
Other than Steve Pearce's solo blast in the fifth and a Wilson Betemit two-run home run in the eighth, the Orioles' bats were relatively quiet.
Adam Jones tried to stay positive.
"We keep getting ourselves into position, we just need to hit," said Jones, who went 1 for 5 with a single but was one of the Birds' eight runners left on base. "We had the opportunity to score more runs, and we didn't. But we had the opportunity. We have to bear down, get in scoring position and get that hit."
C.J. Wilson had a little to do with the Orioles' struggles at the plate. The Angels' ace improved to 9-4 and won for the sixth straight time, tossing seven innings and allowing one run. Wilson leads the majors in ERA since Sept. 1, 2011, and lowered his season mark to 2.36, best in the American League.
Los Angeles (41-33) continued to sizzle on the road, winning for the 12th time in 13 games. The Angels are 35-19 since starting the year 6-14.
Matusz (5-8) is 0-4 with an 8.31 ERA since his last win June 2 in Tampa Bay, and said his command was off from the start.
"My stuff wasn't really sharp," he said. "Breaking pitches weren't there. I was relying on locating the fastball and I left a few over the plate and that's what really hurt."
Matusz was only part of the problem for Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose lineup has scored three runs or fewer in nine of its last 10 games. Baltimore has 14 extra-base hits and is batting .096 (5 for 52) with runners in scoring position during the current skid.
"Everybody's looking forward to that opportunity to be the guy, and we're getting people out there," Showalter said. "We just can't deliver it right now like we have and like we will again. To just say somebody's not going to press, that just happens. That's human nature. Sometimes, you compound it. That's been going on since this game started."
Pearce, who went 2 for 4 and has reached base safely in 13 of 16 games with the Orioles, said the mood in the clubhouse hasn't wavered despite the team's offensive woes of late and a matchup tonight against Angels righty Jered Weaver (7-1, 2.40 ERA).
"You've got to just let the game play out," Pearce said. "You try to do too much and bad stuff happens. You let the game play, and try not to stress over those kind of situations. You've just got to let it happen."
NOTES: Adam Jones swiped third base in the fourth for the team's first steal since June 5, a span of 17 games. ... Showalter said right-handed relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom should be activated today from the disabled list. Lindstrom has been shelved since May 11 with a torn ligament in his right middle finger. He was in the clubhouse before the game and said he felt good. ... Right fielder Nick Markakis (right wrist surgery) could start taking swings as early as Friday, but Showalter said he doesn't expect Markakis to be ready to play until after the All-Star break.