ANAHEIM, CALIF. — For the second time in as many days, a struggling starter pitcher improbably held the Orioles down in Anaheim. As Sunday's game played out, there were no ninth-inning heroics to save them. It was long out of reach by then.
Ubaldo Jimenez was shelled in the third inning as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim salvaged the final game of the weekend series with a 10-2 win Sunday at Angel Stadium.
A night after managing just three hits off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker and needing Matt Wieters' ninth-inning home run to win 3-1 and clinch a series victory, the Orioles scraped together just five hits off veteran Jered Weaver on Sunday.
Featuring a fastball that rarely climbed above 84 mph and a 5.76 ERA entering the game, Weaver held the Orioles scoreless through six innings before the offense finally showed life with a single by Nolan Reimold and Jonathan Schoop's eighth home run of the season in the seventh.
"We didn't make any adjustments to what Weaver was doing," manager Buck Showalter said. "Tough to see the ball out of those rocks today [in center field] and he was working with a, you know, generous strikezone."
It would have taken a lot more to overcome the deficit Jimenez dug for the Orioles. The struggling right-hander allowed a run in the second before the Angels kept stinging balls into various outfield vacancies in the third.
By the time shortstop Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop ended the inning on a high-difficulty double play, Jimenez had seen five runs score on two doubles, two singles, a walk, and an error. The Orioles trailed 6-0 after three.
"We didn't help matters some," Showalter said. "We had a double play ball and about three or four that flares that fell in there. Just got away from him. The baseball gods, after two good games kind of some things fell in our favor it was just the opposite today."
Jimenez remained in the game until the sixth inning, when reliever Dylan Bundy took over. Bundy got out of that inning, but allowed four runs in the seventh to end any ideas of a comeback. Vance Worley rebounded from walking the only two batters he faced Saturday for a scoreless eighth.
The Orioles' productive seventh inning was preceded by large stretches of futility, featuring four strikeouts looking, two more swinging.
Jimenez hurting: May has been a bad month for Jimenez, whose day finished with six earned runs on eight hits and three walks on his ledger. He has now allowed 24 earned runs on 38 hits in 27 1/3 innings this month, with 16 walks and 18 strikeouts in that span. He has a 7.81 ERA in May, bringing his season mark to 6.04, with a 1.82 WHIP.
Out at home again: Jimenez' third inning could have been worse if not for a bizarre trend continuing for the Angels. For the third straight game, they ran into an out at home plate on a ground ball to an Orioles fielder. Second baseman Johnny Giavotella was thrown out at home for the second out of the third inning Sunday on a ground ball to first baseman Chris Davis.
Machado repeats rare feat: Saturday was the first time in the career of the slumping Machado that the same pitcher had struck him out three times in one game, with Shoemaker achieving that feat. Machado improbably repeated that Sunday, striking out three times against Weaver en route to an 0-for-4 on the day. He is four for his last 36, with a dozen strikeouts during that time.