The Angels have won 12 of their last 14 games and have the best record in the majors at 25-12. With the win, the Angels also matched their best-ever start through 37 games, equaling the 1970 team.
The Orioles continue to be hampered by poor starting pitching. The starters have just one win this month, and that came from rookie right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who tossed six scoreless innings Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.
The starters are 7-9 with a 6.39 ERA this year, and have two quality starts in the last 12 games.
Sunday’s starter, right-hander Sidney Ponson, was brought back as a free agent in the offseason to lead Baltimore’s young staff. He has only added to the Orioles’ pitching woes.
Ponson was hit hard and often in his last start, a 15-0 pounding at Chicago on Tuesday in which he allowed seven runs and 11 hits over 6 1-3 innings.
It was the fourth time this season that Ponson allowed at least six runs in a single outing. Ponson does boast a perfect 6-0 mark with a 4.53 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels.