Angels hit 2 HRs in Vargas' win over O's
Jason Vargas pitched a three-hitter for his first victory with his new club, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Friday night.
Vargas (1-3) threw 107 pitches, striking out three and walking two while getting 15 groundball outs. The shutout was the fourth by the left-hander in 136 career starts and his ninth complete game. He lowered his ERA to 1.63 against the Orioles in seven starts against them, his best against any team.
Vargas did not allow a hit until J.J. Hardy slapped an opposite-field single to right with two out in the fifth. The left-hander walked his next batter, Steve Pearce, on four pitches before Alexi Casilla grounded out.
The Orioles got a runner to third base in the seventh when Adam Jones led off with a double and advanced on a groundout by Ryan Flaherty, who had replaced first baseman Chris Davis in the fifth after the Orioles' home run and RBI leader injured his right knee. But Jones was tagged out in a rundown by third baseman Alberto Callaspo, who fielded Hardy's grounder as Jones went on contact.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits over six innings and struck out five without walking a batter. The right-hander's outing was shortened by a blister on his thumb.
Gonzalez retired the side on just five pitches in the first inning, but Trumbo drove his first offering of the second to left-center for his seventh home run and fourth in five games.
The Angels got a runner to third base in the third, when Erick Aybar doubled with two out and advanced on a wild pitch. Gonzalez escaped the jam by striking out Trout, but last season's AL rookie of the year made up for it his next time up in the fifth with a drive over the left field fence after a single by J.B. Shuck.
Trout made it 4-0 in the seventh with an RBI single off Troy Patton.
Gonzalez was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Angels in December 2004, but never played for the big club. His first big league start came against them on July 6, 2012 at the Big A, allowing a run over seven innings in a 3-2 victory. During that game he wore a glove given to him by minor league teammate Nick Adenhart, who was killed by a convicted drunk driver in 2009.
NOTES: Mark Leiter Jr., the son of the former Angels pitcher, struck out 20 batters Friday night for New Jersey Institute of Technology in a 5-3 victory over Chicago State. He was only 3 years old when his infant brother Ryan died of spinal muscular atrophy in April 1994, just as their father was beginning his only season with the Halos. ... The Angels optioned INF Andrew Romine to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Callaspo. ... RHP Jerome Williams will make his first start of the season on Sunday instead of RHP Garrett Richards, who is back in the Angels' bullpen after going 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts for the injured Jered Weaver. Williams' first eight appearances were in relief, including a six-inning stint at Oakland on Monday night, when he pitched the 10th through 15th innings and gave up an unearned run in a 19-inning loss. ... Callaspo returned from the disabled list after missing 19 games with a bruised left heel.
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