Major League Baseball: Angels lose in 10th to Orioles on Pearce's single
Christine Cotter, Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels don't like to see longtime nemesis Freddy Garcia on the mound — no matter what uniform he's wearing.
They couldn't get a hit off the 14-year veteran through the first six innings on Saturday in his Baltimore Orioles debut, although Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer against him in the seventh after Erick Aybar broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single.
Los Angeles tied it with two runs in the eighth against former Angels reliever Darren O'Day, but Garrett Richards gave up an RBI single in the 10th by Steve Pearce and Baltimore won 5-4.
Garcia allowed two runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings after getting staked to a 4-0 lead. Despite the no-decision, the 36-year-old right-hander is 16-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 29 career starts against the Angels — mostly with the Seattle Mariners. He is 8-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 17 starts at Angel Stadium.
"He pitched one hell of a game," Halos starter Tommy Hanson said. "But I'm not thinking about him. I was worried about myself and trying to keep runs off the board. I'm thinking about us and thinking that we're going to get to him every time we go to the plate."
Garcia began spring training with San Diego after signing a minor league contract in January, and was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six Cactus League starts before the Padres released him on March 24. The Orioles signed him three days later and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts.
"I've been waiting for this start and this opportunity and I had to make it happen," Garcia said. "I had to throw strikes against this team because they're pretty good. I was throwing my sinker early and working fast. That was the key. Then I was throwing my other stuff and changing speeds like I always do. I tried to make a good pitch (On Aybar) and he hit a good pitch."
Richards (1-3) making his first relief appearance after five starts in place of the injured Jered Weaver, gave up a leadoff single through the box by Adam Jones. Jones was forced on a grounder by Nolan Reimold, who advanced to second on J.J. Hardy's grounder before Pearce lined an 0-1 pitch to right field for the deciding run.
"On the offensive side we couldn't get much going. But we hung around and got close," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I thought our guys executed some things well later in the innings to tie it. We just couldn't get that one run to put us ahead."
O'Day relieved Garcia after a single by Alberto Callaspo and struck out Howie Kendrick to end the seventh. But in the eighth, the right-hander gave up a bunt single by Hank Conger and a walk to pinch-hitter Scott Cousins, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by J.B. Shuck. Conger scored on Aybar's groundout and Mike Trout delivered the tying run, fighting off a 2-2 pitch and blooping it over the head of first baseman Pearce for an RBI single.
"I thought Darren had a lot of borderline pitches work against him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He made a great pitch to Trout, and he just fisted it over the infield. So it's hard to fault him."
Hanson gave up three runs, seven hits and two homers over five innings and worked with runners on base in each one. It was his first start since last Monday night at Oakland, when he left after six innings with a 7-2 lead and the Angels lost 10-8 in 19.
"I was just battling," Hanson said. "Early on I got hit with two homers and I had to battle throughout those five innings. I know I didn't have my best stuff. As a competitor, you want to do the best that you possibly can do. I'm not happy with the way I performed today. I know it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good."
Manny Machado, the second batter Hanson faced, lined his 2-0 delivery into the left field bullpen. Hardy homered into the same location on the first pitch he saw from the right-hander in the second.
Hanson, who gave up a career-worst 27 last season with Atlanta, has surrendered six homers in his first five starts with the Angels — all solo shots.
"Honestly, I didn't know that stat and I'm not sure if anyone on the team did know it. So I don't think we changed our approach against him," Hardy said. "We just approached it the same way we always do, which is to stay up the middle, get your pitch to hit and don't miss it."
Pearce and Ryan Flaherty followed Hardy's one-out homer with singles and Chris Snyder walked. But Hanson minimized the damage by retiring Nate McLouth on a double-play grounder to second, making the Orioles' leadoff hitter 0 for 6 in bases-loaded situations.
Baltimore got its third run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth by Reimold, who made it 4-0 in the seventh with a solo homer against rookie Dane De La Rosa.
Tommy Hunter (1-1) pitched one inning to get the win.
NOTE: Trumbo's homer was his eighth of the season and fifth in six games. ... Angels closer Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect ninth, striking out McLouth, Machado and Nick Markakis on 15 pitches. ... McLouth left five runners in scoring position, two of them in the fourth when he flied out to left field, another in the sixth on a flyball to right. He is 4 for 18 in those situations. ... Flaherty, starting at 2B, was shaken up in a collision near the foul line with right fielder Markakis, who caught Aybar's flyball for the first out of the fourth inning. But Flaherty stayed in the game after getting checked over by a trainer. ... Jones had two stolen bases against Hanson, who has yielded 101 steals since 2010.
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