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OC Register: Angels fill-in pitchers have rough day in loss to Baltimore Orioles


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BALTIMORE — The Angels started a pitcher who has been designated for assignment by two teams this year.

Then they brought in a pitcher who has been DFA’d once, and they followed up by using one who shuttled all year between Triple-A and the majors.

In other words, they lost.

Fill-in starter Deck McGuire was charged with five runs in the Angels’ 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.

After winning the first two games against the lowly Orioles (24-59), owners of baseball’s worst record, the Angels (43-42) had hoped to finish off a sweep to send them into their off day preceding a key series in Seattle.

The Orioles, difficult as their season has been, were due to win one of these days, and a game started by the Angels’ No. 12 starter seemed as likely a day as any.

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The string of injuries to Angels starters resulted in them giving the ball on Sunday to McGuire, a 29-year-old former first-round pick who is with his sixth organization. He’d been with three just in the past month, having been let go by the Toronto Blue Jays, picked up by the Texas Rangers and then quickly traded to the Angels.

The Angels gave McGuire the start because John Lamb — the Angels’ 10th starter — was hurt. McGuire also had a reasonably effective four-inning stint in relief of Lamb on Tuesday in Boston.

They hoped he could simply get through four or five innings and keep them in the game long enough for their hitters to do some damage against a Baltimore staff that has also struggled.

After the Angels got a run in the first on an Albert Pujols RBI single against Kevin Gausman, they didn’t do much else.

McGuire shut out the Orioles through three, but the magic ran out quickly in the fourth. Adam Jones hit a popup that Ian Kinsler lost in the sun. Manny Machado then belted a two-run homer to put the Orioles ahead. Mark Trumbo followed with a homer. Chris Davis doubled off the right-field fence. On out later, McGuire walked Chance Sisco, and his day was over.

Next up was Hansel Robles, who had been DFA’d by the New York Mets before the Angels grabbed him a couple weeks ago. He immediately gave up an RBI double. An out later, he gave up a two-run single to Tim Beckham, putting the Angels down 6-1.

Eduardo Paredes, who is up for his eighth stint in the majors this season, then gave up homers to Trumbo and Trey Mancini in the fifth.

Taylor Cole worked the final three inning for the Angels. He’d been signed as a minor league free agent after the start of spring training, and made his debut with the Angels. He became the major-league leading 49th player to play for the Angels this season. They’re also used 28 pitchers, most in history through 85 games.

More to come on this story.

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