Orioles eye series win over Angels
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles eye a series win on Tuesday when they play the middle test of their three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
Baltimore drew first blood in this set on Monday, as Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and Bud Norris pitched a gem in the Orioles' 4-2 win.
Norris (8-6) yielded just two runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight to earn the win.
"I felt comfortable before the game," Norris said. "I was locating my fastball pretty good and the changeup worked later in the game."
Nick Markakis added a pair of hits and two runs scored for Baltimore, which improved to 2-2 on a 10-game road trip.
Matt Shoemaker (7-3) pitched well aside from the two home runs, matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on the mound.
"It was a tough loss to Matt," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "The few mistakes were to Jones. We just didn't get it done tonight."
Getting the call for the O's on Tuesday will be righty Miguel Gonzalez, who is 4-5 with a 4.04 ERA. Gonzalez hasn't received a decision his last three times out, including a start versus the New York Yankees on July 11 that saw him surrender two runs in eight innings of his team's 3-2 win.
He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 13 of his last 14 starts.
"His split is a pitch that's been there for him when he's been effective, and (that outing) was a good example," manager Buck Showalter said.
Gonzalez is 2-1 in three starts against the Angels with a 2.14 ERA.
Los Angeles counters with lefty Hector Santiago, who has struggled as a starter this season. However, he did win for the first time in an Angels uniform in his last start on July 10 in Texas and has since won in relief to improve to 2-7 on the year to go along with a 4.32 ERA.
However, in 12 starts this season Santiago is 1-7 with a 4.72 ERA.
The Orioles won five of seven versus the Angels last season.
07/22 10:41:11 ET