Angels 4, Orioles 0

Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jason Vargas threw a three-hit shutout to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Friday night at Angel Stadium.
It was Vargas' first victory as an Angel since signing a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the club. Although he was winless in his first five starts, he pitched well enough to win a couple of those games. Friday, he left no wiggle room by throwing a shutout, the fourth of his career and first since 2011 while he was with the Mariners.
He didn't allow a hit until J.J. Hardy singled with two out in the fifth. In the seventh, Adam Jones led off with a double and went to third on a groundout. Matt Wieters followed with a grounder to third baseman Alberto Callaspo and Jones tried to score, but he was thrown out in a rundown between third and home.
Nick Markakis doubled in the ninth but was left stranded, as Vargas completed the game making 107 pitches.
Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo provided all the offense Vargas would need. Trumbo hit a leadoff home run in the second inning, his team-leading seventh of the season off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (2-2). Trout hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth, a two-run blast to center field. Trout added an RBI single in the seventh.
Gonzalez didn't pitch poorly, giving up three runs and six hits in six innings while making just 80 pitches. But he had to leave the game because of a blister on his right thumb.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, the American League player of the month for April, had to leave the game early as well, leaving in the fifth after hurting his right knee running out a ground ball.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead when Trumbo led off the bottom of the second inning with his team-leading seventh home run of the season. The scored stayed that way until Trout got a hold of a pitch from Gonzalez and hit it over the fence in center field for a two-run homer and 3-0 Angels lead.
Vargas picked up where he left off in his last start. Vargas pitched his best game of the season in his previous start, giving up two runs in eight innings, but still was the losing pitcher in a 2-1 setback to the Mariners.
NOTES: Callaspo returned to the starting lineup Friday for the first time since he strained his right calf on April 11. In Callaspo's absence, the Angels used Luis Jimenez (17 starts) and Brendan Harris (two starts) in his place. Infielder Andrew Romine was optioned to Class AAA Salt Lake to make room for Callaspo on the roster. ... Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton started Friday's game as the designated hitter, just to have a day off from playing in the field. It was Hamilton's third start at DH this year; in the first two, he went 3-for-8 with no extra-base hits or RBIs. ... Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Angels because the Angels started the left-handed Vargas. McLouth is hitting .182 (2-for-11) against lefties this season. Outfielder/designated hitter Nolan Reimold started in place of McLouth. It was Reimold's ninth start in left field, and his first start as the leadoff hitter. ... Orioles RHP Jim Johnson began the day Friday having converted 32 consecutive save opportunities dating back to July 30, 2012. It is the second longest streak in Orioles history -- Randy Myers saved 34 in a row in 1997.

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