Austin Hays, Orioles overpower Angels, finish sweep

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The Orioles (88-51) won their fifth straight game, all on the road. They kept their lead in the American League East at 3 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays (85-55), who beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 earlier on Wednesday.Anthony Santander went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for Baltimore, which has won 11 of its past 14 games.Angels

Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (7-12) worked five-plus innings, and all four batters he walked came around to score. He yielded seven runs, four earned, in seven hits with three strikeouts.The

Angels

(64-76) took their sixth straight loss and fell to 1-9 since Aug. 27.The

Orioles went up 1-0 in the second inning when Ramon Urias drove in Hays with a single.

Baltimore opened it up with four runs in the third for a 5-0 lead.After an error and two walks loaded the bases with one out, Hays singled to left to drive a pair. Two batters later, Aaron Hicks singled past shortstop Luis Rengifo to score two more.In the bottom of the third, Rengifo crushed a Gibson changeup 408 feet into the right field seats for a two-run homer, his 16th of the season, to cut the

Angels‘ deficit to 5-2.The

Orioles

piled on again after Sandoval walked the first two batters of the sixth, ending his outing. Jaime Barria entered and gave up a run-scoring grounder to Santander and a sacrifice fly to Hays.

The Angels‘ Mike Moustakas hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-3.

The Orioles put the game out of reach at 10-3 in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Santander — a two-run blast for his 27th of the year — and a solo shot from Hays, his 14th.

–Field Level Media