BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles made it easy for Sidney Ponson to earn his career-high 13th win, scoring seven runs in the first two innings Saturday night in an 8-4 victory over the Anaheim Angels.
Luis Matos homered and drove in three runs, and Jeff Conine and
B.J. Surhoff each had two RBI for the Orioles, who on Sunday will
seek to complete their first four-game sweep of the Angels since
Baltimore is 7-1 against the defending world champions,
including 5-0 at home.
Ponson (13-5) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits
in 6 1/3 innings for his 12th win in 15 starts. He struck out three
and walked two in improving to 6-0 against the Angels, the only AL
team that has never beaten the right-hander.
Ponson ranks second in the AL in wins and is fourth in winning
percentage. His best year before this came in 1999, his second
season in the majors, when he went 12-12.
Hector Carrasco worked the final 2 1/3 innings for his first
Ponson was not particularly sharp, but he didn't have to be. The
Orioles built an early 7-2 lead against Kevin Appier (6-6), who was
chased in the second after yielding seven hits, hitting two batters
and getting only four outs.
The Angels got an unearned run in the first, but Baltimore took
the lead for good with three runs in the bottom half. Two singles
and a hit batter loaded the bases for Conine, who hit a sacrifice
fly before Surhoff added a two-run single.
Troy Glaus hit his 16th homer leading off the second for
Anaheim, and the Orioles answered with four runs in their half.
After Matos singled in two runs, Conine hit an RBI triple and
scored on a single by Surhoff.
Ponson retired nine straight until Salmon chased him with a
one-out RBI single. Matos homered in the eighth off Ben Weber.
Baltimore's last four-game sweep of the Angels came in
1965. ... Anderson increased his season-high hitting streak to 11
games. ... Glaus' homer snapped a 16-for-96 skid. ... The Orioles
have outscored the opposition 114-84 in the first two innings this
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