The Baltimore Orioles ' success at home is coming with a slight margin for error.
Nick Markakis is doing his part to provide the difference.
Markakis looks to continue his impressive production at Camden Yards as the Orioles attempt to sweep this three-game series from the struggling Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Baltimore (37-28) has won eight of nine at home after dropping seven in a row on its own field. The surge has included six wins by one or two runs, including Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Angels (27-38) after beating them 4-3 a day earlier.
Markakis had two hits Tuesday and put the Orioles ahead for good with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning.
"You want to be in those situations," said Markakis, who's batting .346 with 10 RBIs when there are two outs and runners in scoring position.
The right fielder may play a part in Baltimore beating Los Angeles for a fifth straight meeting for the first time since it swept the six-game season series in 2010.
Markakis is hitting .347 at home, and he's batting .362 with 11 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak there. That may only continue since he's hitting .344 in his past 16 matchups with the Angels, and he's 4 for 8 against scheduled starter Jerome Williams (4-2, 2.87 ERA).
The Orioles are scheduled to give the ball to Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.18), who is trying to avoid a third straight losing start.
The veteran right-hander turned in his shortest outing of the season June 1, lasting three-plus innings and allowing five runs and three homers in a 10-3 loss to Detroit.
Hammel, though, was much better Friday, yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 defeat at Tampa Bay.
He had been 6-0 with a 4.17 ERA over his first seven road games, including an 8-4 victory over the Angels on May 5 during which he gave up four runs in six innings.
Los Angeles continues to underachieve, losing nine of 11 and four in a row, one shy of its season-high skid from April 7-12.
Mike Trout can't be blamed for those struggles since he's hitting .352 - with 15 of his 31 hits going for extra bases - while driving in 13 runs and scoring 18 over the past 21 games.
Last year's AL Rookie of the Year is 9 for 22 with two homers, four doubles and four RBIs heading into the finale of a six-game road trip. He's 4 for 10 against Hammel, hitting a solo homer last month.
Williams is getting a spot start due to Saturday's doubleheader at Boston. He allowed three runs in the final three innings of that game as the Angels lost 7-2.
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA over six starts this year, making the latest in a 2-0 loss to Houston on June 1. He allowed both runs in seven innings before being moved back to the bullpen due to the returns of Jered Weaver and Tommy Hanson .
Williams has won three of four starts against Baltimore with a 4.26 ERA, losing the most recent opposite Hammel on May 5. Williams gave up five runs and two homers in 4 1-3 innings.
He will be making his first appearance at Camden Yards since June 13, 2004, with San Francisco.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|June 10, 2013||Robert Coello||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 02, 2013||Garrett Richards||Day-to-Day||Left game - Ankle injury|
|May 28, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 27, 2013||Sean Burnett||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|May 26, 2013||Sean Burnett||Day-to-Day||Left game - Forearm tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee soreness|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 13, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 12, 2013||Nolan Reimold||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 12, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||Day-to-Day||Right oblique strain|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- One rousing comeback victory won't completely turn around a frustrating season for the Los Angeles Angels .
Their 9-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday did, however, make the prospect of taking a cross-country trip home a whole lot more palatable.
Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning that helped the Angels stop a four-game losing streak.
Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help Los Angeles (28-38) avert a three-game sweep and put a positive finish on a 2-4 trip that began in Boston.
"After losing the first two games of the series, we really needed this win," Conger said. "It's very uplifting for us to go home with this win."
Los Angeles trailed 4-2 before getting five hits - three for extra bases - and two walks in the seventh against three pitchers.
"Real good at-bats," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Drew some walks, got into some good hitting counts. It was good to see our offense ... with some clutch hits at the end."
After an off day, Los Angeles opens a season-high 10-game homestand Friday night against the New York Yankees .
"It's going to be a big series," Conger said. "We played two good teams on this road trip, and now we've got to keep grinding. That's all we can do right now."
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for Baltimore, 0-5 this season when trying to complete a three- or four-game sweep. The Orioles next host the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox in a four-game series beginning Thursday night.
"That was a tough inning for us," outfielder Nate McLouth said, referring to the Los Angeles seventh. "Won the series though, and got Boston coming in. We'll worry about them now."
McLouth had his run of 19 consecutive successful steal attempts snapped in the third inning when he lost his footing and toppled off second base after reaching the bag ahead of the throw. He was tagged out by Aybar, ending the longest active steals streak in the majors and third-best in Orioles history.
Davis gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the fourth against Jerome Williams (5-2), ending a 1-for-17 skid with his first home run and RBI since June 2. Adam Jones made it 4-2 in the sixth with his 14th homer, his third in four games.
The lead vanished in the seventh. Alberto Callaspo singled and Brad Hawpe drew a four-pitch walk, prompting the exit of starter Jason Hammel . Pedro Strop came in, and Conger hit a sharp, high grounder that glanced off Strop's glove for an infield hit.
"It was going to be a double play if I could catch that one - but I couldn't," Strop said.
"For us to get a break like that to get something going was huge," Conger said, "because not too many breaks have been going our way lately."
That loaded the bases for Aybar, who hit a liner into the gap in right-center. As Aybar slid into third, the relay throw from Ryan Flaherty bounced out of play, allowing Aybar to score for a 6-4 lead.
"In that situation, you're looking for one pitch, and he threw a fastball in the middle and I (made) good contact," Aybar said.
A groundout, a walk and Pujols' 11th homer followed. Strop (0-3) then exited to jeers from the crowd of 25,964.
"Not good. Only thing I can say," Strop said. "I couldn't do the job."
Strop, who starred as Baltimore's setup man last year, has a 7.58 ERA after yielding nine runs in his last five innings.
The Orioles scored an unearned run in the eighth, and Los Angeles tallied an unearned run in the ninth.
Williams, who has jockeyed from the rotation to the bullpen this season, allowed four runs over six innings in his seventh start of 2013.
Baltimore went up 2-0 in the first when Nick Markakis and Jones delivered run-scoring groundouts.
Conger hit a solo shot in the third, his fourth homer of the year and third in his last five starts. The drive was the 69th in the 22-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street, beyond the right-field wall.
Josh Hamilton singled with two outs in the fourth and scored on Kendrick's double.
NOTES: Scioscia said he will skip Joe Blanton (1-10) against the Yankees and start C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Jered Weaver . ... Baltimore's Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to 10 games, one short of his career high. He also ended a season-long run of 11 straight games without getting at least two hits. ... Angels 1B Mark Trumbo did not start, but entered in the seventh as a defensive replacement and has played in all 66 games this year. ... Orioles LHP Wei Yin-Chen (oblique) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound on Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. If all goes well, he will pitch off a full mound Saturday.