Garland (10-6, 4.30 ERA) hasn’t lost to the Orioles since 2004, winning his last six starts against them while posting a 3.76 ERA. He’s 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA against them this season, and 6-0 with a 3.30 ERA in nine outings versus AL East opponents.
The veteran right-hander is also seeking his third straight win overall. He gave up three runs over six-plus innings in last Thursday’s 12-6 victory over the New York Yankees, taking advantage of the run support to which he’s become accustomed.
Garland has received an average of 5.61 runs of support - the most of any starter on the Angels’ staff.
Los Angeles (70-42) avoided a third straight loss Monday with a 6-5 victory in the series opener, but is still looking to put an end to some sloppy baseball. After allowing 10 unearned runs in a 14-9 loss at New York on Sunday, the Angels returned home and took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning, in which they gave up four unearned runs with two outs.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez blew a chance to add to his major league-leading total of 45 saves, but got credit for his first win when Chone Figgins drew a bases-loaded walk off George Sherrill in the bottom of the ninth.
“In that situation he has to keep the ball in the zone and come to me,” Figgins said.
First baseman Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 in his first home game since being acquired from Atlanta last Tuesday. Teixeira is 6-for-22 in his first six games with Los Angeles.
Formerly an Angels nemesis during his AL West days with Texas, Teixeira knows he is good shape to reach the postseason for the first time in his career.
“We have a job to do tonight and every night for the rest of the season but at the same time it’s my sixth season in baseball and I’ve never made the playoffs,” Teixeira told the Angels’ official Web site before Monday’s game. “It’s obviously in the back of my mind that I could play in October.”
Baltimore fell to 4-3 on its seven-game road trip, but took solace from its comeback.
“I wish we could have won the game because it would have been something special for us, but I think we showed what we’re made of,” manager Dave Trembley said. “The actions speak louder than anything you could say.”
The Orioles will call up left-hander Chris Waters from Triple-A Norfolk to make his major league debut. Waters began the season at Double-A Bowie, where he went 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts, before he went 3-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 games, including 16 starts, with Norfolk.