BALTIMORE (AP)—The rookie did his part, holding the Los Angeles Angels in check during his longest outing as a big leaguer. Then the veteran finished the job, earning a save that trumpeted his successful return from a two-year hiatus.
Burres took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and Shuey got the final four outs after being told by Trembley before the game that he would serve as the team’s closer if such a situation arose.
“I was excited about it. That’s the honest truth,” said Shuey, who before this season had not pitched in the big leagues since 2003. After pitching in one minor league game in 2005 he announced his retirement and underwent surgery on his right hip. Now he’s back—for as long as his fragile 36-year-old body can hold up.
“It’s a great feeling to go out there and get it done. We needed it,” Shuey said. “Honestly, I’m at the point right now with the hip and everything else, I don’t know how long it will last. So I’ll take it when I can get it.”
Called up from Triple-A Norfolk on June 19, Shuey was unspectacular in his previous four games before getting four straight outs against the Angels.
“This is my first outing where it’s been pretty good,” the right-hander said.
Burres (4-2) gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in 7 2-3 innings. Half of the rookie’s four wins this season have come against the AL West-leading Angels.
Burres never went more than seven innings in his previous eight starts.
“I feel a lot better than I did my first start as far as my whole routine and just going out there and knowing what I’ve got to do, the whole feel of starting the game,” said Burres, who began the season in the Baltimore bullpen.
“I feel real good for Shuey,” Trembley said. “I think everybody’s pulling for the guy.”
“I really didn’t even notice until I looked up after the hit and thought, ‘Oh, it’s only the second one,”’ Burres said.
Cabrera followed with a double to bring Los Angeles to 3-2. With runners at second and third and two outs, Burres struck out Robb Quinlan.
Hernandez made it 6-2 in the seventh with an opposite-field drive to right off Hector Carrasco. It was Hernandez’s fourth home run of the season, the first since he connected on June 2 against Carrasco.
Cabrera and Figgins had two hits apiece for the Angels, who simply couldn’t generate enough offense against Burres in their fourth loss in five games.
“Every rotation has a lefty like him, who can be crafty and who you have to work hard to figure out,” said Howie Kendrick, who went 0-for-3 against Burres.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said, “He kept us off balance. The couple opportunities we had with men in scoring position, we could not take advantage of. He changed speeds well.”
“As the game went on, his pitches got up,” Scioscia said. “But he threw some tremendous pitches.”
Baltimore went up 1-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Melvin Mora, who finished with his second straight three-hit game.
Batting third for only the second time this season, Millar lined a two-run, two-out single in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.
Making his major league debut, Gorneault went 0-for-2 with a walk. … Figgins has a hit in 25 of 26 games in June, including 12 straight, but teammate Casey Kotchman went 0-for-4 and is hitless in 16 at-bats since missing seven straight games with a concussion. … The crowd of 26,235 pushed the Orioles over the 1 million mark in their 40th home game. They reached 1 million in their 40th game last year, too.