- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

BALTIMORE | Joe Saunders allowed two earned runs in six innings, Howie Kendrick homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on Tuesday night to secure their first winning streak of the season.

Kendry Morales had two doubles and two RBI for the Angels, who became the last team in the majors to win two in a row. Los Angeles was coming off an 8-0 victory over Seattle on Sunday.

Saunders (3-1) gave up four runs and 10 hits. The left-hander is 10-1 lifetime in April and 5-0 in his career against the Orioles.

Brian Fuentes worked the ninth and earned his fourth save despite giving up a solo homer to Adam Jones.

Melvin Mora, activated off the 15-day disabled list earlier Tuesday, had three hits and two RBI for Baltimore. The Orioles finished the game without manager Dave Trembley, who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a balk call against Jamie Walker.

Kendrick hit a two-run homer off Adam Eaton (1-3) in the fourth to tie it at 4-4, and the Angels used a run-scoring grounder by Torii Hunter to go up 5-4 in the fifth.

Morales hit the last of the Angels’ six doubles, this one off Chris Ray, to drive in two runs in the seventh.

Eaton gave up five runs and six hits in six innings. He has a 7.17 ERA in four starts.

Mora made his presence felt in his first at-bat, punching a two-out blooper to right that produced a first-inning run. In the second, Mora made an excellent pickup of Kendrick’s hard-hit grounder to third with two outs and a runner on second.

Eaton, who didn’t issue a walk over 7 1/3 innings in his previous start, gave up two in the third. The second, with two outs, preceded run-scoring doubles by Maicer Izturis and Bobby Abreu.

Baltimore went up 4-2 in the bottom half. After two singles and an error by shortstop Erick Aybar loaded the bases, Mora and Ty Wigginton hit RBI singles and Lou Montanez added a sacrifice fly.

Notes - Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia spent time with the father and grandmother of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart on Tuesday afternoon at the team hotel. The pitcher, who grew up in Maryland, was killed by a drunken driver April 9. More than two dozen friends and family attended Tuesday’s game. …

Baltimore’s Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games, two short of his career high. …

The Angels improved to 1-9 when outhit by their opponent.

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