Five home runs and a five-run lead weren’t enough as the Los Angeles Angels went down to a stunning 9-7 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards Friday night.
Manny Machado hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a seven-RBI performance. His deciding homer was his third round-tripper of the game. A total of 10 home runs were hit in the contest.
The Halos built an early 5-0 lead, but the Orioles kept cutting into the lead so that things stood at 7-5 Angels going into the final frame.
For the Angels, Albert Pujols (his 609th, most ever by a foreign-born player), Kole Calhoun, C.J. Cron, Kaleb Cowart and Mike Trout each went deep. The Orioles got homers from Machado, Caleb Joseph and former Angel Mark Trumbo.
In the ninth, the O’s loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, setting up Machado’s grand slam walk off home run off Keynan Middleton (4-1). It was the second time this season that he hit a grand slam to defeat the Orange County team.
The loss dropped the Angels’ record to 62-60, still in second place in the American League West, but the defeat allowed the Minnesota Twins to move into a tie with them for the second AL wild card spot.
On Saturday the series will continue with J.C. Ramirez (10-10) making the start for the Orange County team.