Jarrod Washburn should help.
Washburn and the defending World Series champions resume a four-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Anaheim has dropped five of six to the Orioles this season, including Thursday’s 2-1 defeat in the series opener. Anaheim, which won 12 of 16 prior to the All-Star break, had its five-game winning streak snapped.
The Angels, who were 7-2 against Baltimore last season, hope that Washburn can continue his recent domination of the Orioles. Washburn went 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA against Baltimore last season.
The left-hander is 2-0 over his last three starts despite allowing at least four earned runs twice during that span. On Saturday against Minnesota, Washburn gave up just one earned run and five hits over seven innings in a 6-1 victory. He had lost four straight starts prior to his resurgence.
“I haven’t been real good my last five or six starts, but today was a big improvement in a lot of big areas,” he said.
Washburn has allowed at least one homer in each of his last eight starts— 16 total during that stretch. He has surrendered an AL-high 24 on the season.
“If you let things like that bother you, that’s when you usually get in trouble,” Washburn said. “I mean, you’re obviously upset and mad when you give up a home run. But if you continue to be mad and take it into the next batter, that’s when you make mistakes because you’re not concentrating.”
Garret Anderson, the Home Run Derby champion and All-Star game MVP, drove in the lone run for the Angels on Thursday. He is batting .412 (14-for-34) during a nine-game hitting streak with three homers and eight RBIs.
Jeff Conine homered for Baltimore, which ended a three-game slide and improved to 12-7 against the AL West.
“It’s nice to win, period, but it’s really nice to win one coming off the All-Star break,” Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce said.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 8 1/2 GB, AL West. Orioles - 4th place, 15 GB, AL East.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Washburn (8-9, 4.22 ERA). Washburn is 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA in five career games, including four starts, against Baltimore.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Rick Helling (6-6, 5.65 ERA). Helling has won four of his last six decisions, including a 7-2 victory at Seattle on July 9. The right-hander went six innings, giving up two earned runs and seven hits. Helling is 7-8 with a 6.66 ERA in 18 career starts against the Angels. He didn’t get the decision at Anaheim on May 20, giving up four runs over six innings as Baltimore lost 7-6. Helling yielded three homers in that game.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Anderson, .316 avg., 22 HRs and 79 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 52 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs. Orioles - Melvin Mora, .348 avg. and 56 runs; Tony Batista, 16 HRs; Conine, 64 RBIs; Roberts and Jerry Hairston, 14 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 5-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - SS David Eckstein returned Thursday after missing six games with a strained upper trapezoid muscle and a bruised right shoulder. He went 0-for-3. … 1B Spiezio has a season-high eight-game hitting streak. Twenty-seven of his last 52 hits have been for extra bases. … RF Tim Salmon is batting .357 (10-for-28) over his last eight games with three homers and seven RBIs. Orioles - DH B.J. Surhoff was a late scratch Thursday because of a mild right quadriceps strain. He missed the previous three games with the same injury. … For the first time this season, the Orioles went the entire game without a strikeout Thursday. … 3B Batista is hitless in his last four games, marking the fourth time this year he has endured such a slump.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 20-24 on the road; Orioles - 22-24 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Orioles - OF Larry Bigbie (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; 2B Hairston (foot), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL.