- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Steve Pearce thinks the Baltimore Orioles are becoming increasingly frustrated they can’t provide more run support for their starting pitchers.

This time, it was Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker who shut down their lineup, wasting a solid outing by Ubaldo Jimenez. Shoemaker scattered three hits and allowed one run over seven innings, leading the Angels to a season-high five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night.

The Orioles have lost eight of their past 11 games.

“It’s still a long season, Pearce said. “We’re just hoping to turn this thing around. When stuff starts falling our way, we can go on a good run. It’s early. … We can still turn it around.”

Jimenez (3-3) lost for the first time in four starts at Camden Yards this season. He allowed two runs and seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. He also fell to 0-5 in as many career starts against the Angels.

Pearce hit his third homer for the Orioles, his first since the second game of the season in Tampa Bay - a span of 70 at-bats.

Shoemaker (3-3) won his seventh consecutive game on the road. He had seven strikeouts and no walks, winning for the first time since April 13.

Mike Trout and David Freese homered for the Angels, who will try for their first three-game sweep of the season Sunday. Trout finished with three hits and two RBIs in the game, which was delayed at the start for 57 minutes because of rain.

“Hopefully we’ve reached a point where we are on a roll through the rest of the season and into the playoffs and World Series,” Shoemaker said. “Optimistically speaking, those are our team goals.”

Jimenez retired nine consecutive batters to start the game before Kole Calhoun led off the fourth with a single. However, Jimenez got out of the inning by retiring the next three batters.

Pearce gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a two-out, solo homer off Shoemaker in the bottom of the inning.

Shoemaker then retired 10 in a row to keep his team in the game. The Angels took the lead in the seventh when Erick Aybar and Johnny Giavotella led off with a pair of infield singles, and scored on another pair of singles by Chris Iannetta and Marc Krauss.

“It’s one of those crazy moments in the game,” Jimenez said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. I made some good pitches and then they got three infield hits. What else can you do?”

Trout provided an insurance run with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Darren O’Day. It was Trout’s 10th homer and fourth in the past nine games. Freese’s homer, a wild pitch and infield hit by Trout added three more runs in the ninth for Los Angeles.

Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth for the Angels.

“Our pitching staff has been great,” Iannetta said. “It has really been picking up our offense.”

IN COMMAND

Jimenez did not allow a walk as a starter for the first time since Sept. 19, 2013, against the Astros.

TRAINERS ROOM

Angels: There were no injury updates.

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) hit off a tee and threw from 90 feet Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. He will take grounders Monday.

UP NEXT

Angels: Garrett Richards (3-1) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last outing against Houston. However, he is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA in six starts against the Orioles.

Orioles: Mike Wright, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, will make his major league debut.

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