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OC Register: Justin Upton delivers walk-off win to end Angels’ 4-game losing streak


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  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Nick Tropeano throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Nick Tropeano throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena walks to third after grounding out to end the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena walks to third after grounding out to end the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks pensive at the plate after watching a strike during his at-bat in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks pensive at the plate after watching a strike during his at-bat in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches from the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches from the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, celebrates after scoring on an Orioles throwing error after hitting a double in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, celebrates after scoring on an Orioles throwing error after hitting a double in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates in the dugout after scoring on an Orioles throwing error in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates in the dugout after scoring on an Orioles throwing error in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena jokes around in the dugout with Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena jokes around in the dugout with Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Cam Bedrosian walks to the mound after giving up two runs in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Cam Bedrosian walks to the mound after giving up two runs in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco is tended to my medical personnel after taking an elbow to the head during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco is tended to my medical personnel after taking an elbow to the head during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter laughs with his players during a pitching change in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter laughs with his players during a pitching change in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Justin Upton watches the flight of his walk-off single in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Justin Upton watches the flight of his walk-off single in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with Luis Valbuena, left, and Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with Luis Valbuena, left, and Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with teammates after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with teammates after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — For most of the night, the Angels pitchers had bailed out the struggling offense.

In the end, the hitters woke up just in time to save one of the pitchers.

After Nick Tropeano and three relievers had blanked the Baltimore Orioles for eighth innings, Cam Bedrosian gave up the two-run lead in the ninth.

Justin Upton knocked in the winning run to get the Angels a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Martín Maldonado, who had earlier snapped an 0-for-34 slump, led off the ninth with his third hit of the night. Ian Kinsler followed with his second. Mike Trout, who had been intentionally walked three times to get to Upton, was then unintentionally walked, loading the bases with one out.

Upton, who had come up empty after the first three, this time delivered a line drive into left against Brad Brach. It was Upton’s first walk-off hit with the Angels.

Although the Angels aren’t going to quibble about a victory, this one could have been so much more satisfying if either Bedrosian had protected the work of the other pitchers or the hitters had done more to provide a bigger cushion earlier.

Still, it was a victory and most of the credit goes to Tropeano, who pitched 6-1/3 innings and allowed one hit.

So far Tropeano’s return from Tommy John surgery has gone well.

Tropeano did not give up a run in his season debut on April 12 at Kansas City. In the two starts in between, he was mostly effective but burned by a couple bad innings.

This time, Tropeano had the Orioles under control the entire night. He struck out five and walked just two, allowing only one hit. Manny Machado doubled in the first, and then Tropeano struck out Adam Jones to strand him. The Orioles had only one runner in scoring position after that.

Manager Mike Scioscia pulled Tropeano one out into the seventh when he was at 88 pitches. Tropeano had not thrown more than 92 pitches since before he was hurt, in 2016.

Rookie Justin Anderson retired his two hitters to get out of the seventh. He has not allowed a run in five games in his brief big league career.

José Álvarez got the first two outs of the eighth and Jim Johnson got the third.

With closer Keynan Middleton on the disabled list, Bedrosian got the call for the ninth. He had not allowed a run in his previous six games, and he’d shown a recent uptick in velocity.

Bedrosian, however, gave up three hits, including Machado’s RBI double and a game-tying single by Adam Jones.

The pitchers performed with little room for error because the lineup is still struggling, despite facing Alex Cobb and his 13.11 ERA on Tuesday.

The Angels have scored 30 runs in their last 13 games.

Cobb blanked the Angels until Andrelton Simmons doubled with two outs in the sixth, and then he was awarded home when Machado’s relay throw to second sailed out of play. Luis Valbuena followed with his fourth homer of the year.

The Angels had opportunities throughout the game, but the Orioles dodged them by intentionally walking Trout three times to get to Upton. Upton grounded out twice and struck out once.

Albert Pujols also took an 0-for-4 in the middle of the lineup, remaining stuck at 2,996 career hits, with just two games left in the homestand.

A couple of other struggling hitters at least saw some positive results.

In the third inning, Kole Calhoun ripped a single up the middle, getting it through the shifted infield. Calhoun had two hits in his previous 36 at-bats.

Martín Maldonado then ended an even longer drought. Maldonado had endured a career-worst 0-for-34 slide before his single into right field. Maldonado, who added a double in the seventh, came up just short of the Angels record for a non-pitcher. Danny Espinosa went 0 for 38 last year.

Shohei Ohtani returned to the Angels’ lineup after missing two games with a mild ankle sprain, and he delivered a double in his second at-bat. Ohtani hung back on a breaking ball from Cobb and smoked it down the left-field line for a double. The ball left his bat at 104 mph.

More to come on this story.

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