MLB: Adell hits Grand Slam, Angels blow lead, rebound to beat O’s

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani goes first after hitting a singles in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2022 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Leave it to Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon to find the perfect take on his team’s 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Angels led 6-0 in the first inning but allowed the Orioles to level the game before holding on to avoid a sweep in the weekend series, an experience Maddon likens to “a root canal”.

“It wasn’t exactly pleasant. It started off well, but then we just couldn’t pull off this hit,” Maddon said. “They kept fighting back, but we persevered until the end.”

Jo Adell hit a grand slam to give the Halos an early advantage. Shohei Ohtani hit in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run on a base-filled walk.

The Angels drew nine walks from six Baltimore pitchers and were hit by pitches twice, but the Orioles rebuild stayed tough.

“They definitely came in and were eye-opening for a lot of people on this series,” Adell said. “But I’m glad we were able to avoid that full-blown breakthrough and somehow get back on the winning side of things and keep it going.”

Adell was added late to the lineup after Brandon Marsh was scratched with a gastrointestinal virus. He greeted assist Travis Lakins Sr. with his second career slam to make it 6-0 before the Orioles recorded an out.

Lakins got the next nine outs without allowing a hit, and Keegan Akin followed with two scoreless innings, giving Baltimore a chance to rally.

Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer in the third inning. Ryan Mountcastle had an RBI single in the seventh before Austin Hays connected it with a two-run drive to leave Austin Warren (2-0).

“I’m really happy with what we did 6-0. We have a couple of big home runs that we didn’t have, which was nice,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.

Ohtani led from the bottom of seventh place with a single against Mike Baumann (1-2), who then loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter. Taylor Ward played a full count against Felix Bautista before drawing a walk on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

Ward, who had three walks, said he chose not to bat on Bautista’s last throw because of his throwing pattern. Bautista’s 98 mph fastball hit the inside corner but was only high.

“He could have whistle it right in the middle and I would have let it go,” Ward said. “Sometimes when you’re in the box you have feelings like OK, I’m going to get a fastball here, or the chances that he’ll throw another shot are probably very slim. I just felt it with this guy. I know the game is at stake. It is what it is. Roll the dice.”

Jimmy Herget managed a scoreless eighth before Mancini started ninth with a single. Archie Bradley came on to beat Anthony Santander and get a double-play grounder from Mountcastle to secure his first save with the Angels.

Baltimore starter Chris Ellis faced five batters — three walking, hitting one with a pitch and allowing Jared Walsh a two-run single run — before leaving with right shoulder problems. He was penalized with five runs as the Angels scored six goals in the first inning for the second time in four games.

“You could tell early on that something was wrong. I thought the right thing would be to take him out of the game,” Hyde said.

Adell drove a Lakins down and away cutter over the right center wall for his grand slam. He’s 7 for 19 during a five game hitting streak. The 23-year-old fielder went 0 to 9 in LA’s season-opening series against Houston but has netted in nine of his last 11 games, including three homers.

“As crazy as it sounds, the away pitches are something I’ve nailed pretty well. That’s why I tried,” Adell said.

JUMP BACK

Ohtani went 2 for 4 with a walk after going 0 for 8 with five strikeouts in the first two games against Baltimore. The AL MVP increased his batting average by 18 points to a .224.

FOR STARTERS

Angels left-hander Jose Suarez has made three starts and worked 4 1/3 innings in each. He allowed three runs with four hits and knocked out six.

TRAINING ROOM

Angels: 2B David Fletcher (left hip strain) has been medically cleared to return. Fletcher played nine innings in his third rehab game with Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

NEXT

Orioles: Start a three-game streak against the Yankees Monday night in New York. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 3.52 ERA) has given up an earned run in 10 1/3 innings in his last two starts.

Angels: Continue their four-game homestand against Cleveland. RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, ERA 4.82) gets the call Monday night.

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