After winning two of three in Oakland and splitting the first two games in Anaheim, the Orioles hoped for another win against the Angels.
But, Miguel Gonzalez had another rocky start, and the Orioles eventually lost in 11 innings to Los Angeles, 5-4.
Gonzalez’s starts have been concerning lately, and on Sunday, he allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. That put the Orioles (56-54) in a hole they could never climb out of.
Trailing 4-2, Gerardo Parra hit his first home run as an Oriole and Chris Davis his 29th in the sixth to tie the score at 4.
Five innings later, the Angels (59-51) scored the winning run. Carlos Perez doubled off Chaz Roe (2-2). With two outs, manager Buck Showalter, who had ordered just 14 intentional walks this season, directed that Mike Trout and Albert Pujols be passed to load the bases.
David Murphy’s single off Brian Matusz ended the game.
The Orioles are in third place in the AL East, trailing the New York Yankees by five games, and three games behind Los Angeles for the final wild card spot.
Toronto had the biggest week, capping it with a three-game sweep of New York. The Blue Jays trail the Yankees by 1 ½ games and lead the wild card race.
NOTES: The Orioles begin a three-game series in Seattle on Monday night at 10:10 p.m. Wei-Yin Chen faces Vidal Nuno (0-0, 2.88). … Tyler Wilson was supposed to start for Norfolk on Sunday night, but he reported his oblique hurt during warmups. He’ll be evaluated on Monday. ... The Orioles are 3-3 in extra innings.
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