By Pete Zarustica
Well, as the iconic hard rocker Meatloaf used to sing, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost to the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 at Camden Yards, allowing the home team to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Deck McGuire, the Halos’ latest unknown starter, got lit up for five hits and five runs in 3.1 innings, and the bullpen only did a bit better.
“I made a couple not-good pitches,” said McGuire (0-1), who also made two starts late last season for the Reds. “I felt like I worked ahead really well. [Catcher Jose] Briceno did a fantastic job calling the game, and [I] just left a couple pitches up and they made me pay for it.”
Manny Machado and former Angel Mark Trumbo each homered to allow the O’s to salvage the third game of the series and avoid a sweep.
Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols represented the offense of the Orange County team. Pujols singled home Kole Calhoun in the first for a brief 1-0 lead, and Calhoun homered in the eighth for the second run.
The Halos (43-42) will have Monday off, and then travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners. The M’s are 54-31, a half-game behind the Houston Astros (55-31) in the American League West. The Angels are 11.5 games back.