It’s been almost five years since the Baltimore Orioles won nine consecutive games. The way they’ve been playing lately, they should have little trouble matching that feat.
The Orioles will try to win their ninth straight and move within two games of .500 when they meet the Anaheim Angels in the middle game of their series at Angel Stadium.
Baltimore’s winning streak is its longest since winning 13 straight in September 1999, and the Orioles have not been within two games of .500 since they were 26-28 on June 9.
Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Tuesday and tied his season high with five RBIs to help the Orioles open a six-game road trip with an 11-3 rout of the Angels. Brian Roberts tied a career high with four hits, and David Newhan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Orioles, who had a season-high 20 hits. Baltimore has reached double figures in hits in eight of its past 12 games.
Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, leads the majors with 106 RBIs in 111 games—tying the total he had in 162 games last season with Oakland.
The Angels, who had won five straight, hope Kelvim Escobar can be the one to finally slow down the Orioles. Escobar lost three straight decisions and six of his previous seven before a 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. He allowed seven hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out nine.
“Escy was able to use the strikeout to keep them from jumping out in front,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “As the game went on, his confidence got to where it needed to be. He pitched a terrific ballgame.”
The win was Escobar’s first since July 10 and just his second since June 3.
“My fastball command was good, I was working both sides of the plate, and my slider, my breaking ball and my split-finger, everything was working,” Escobar said. “I’ve always been the type of guy who gets stronger as the game goes on.”