Puello's 1st hit, Cron homer leads Angels past Orioles, 5-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After 10 seasons in the minors and playing in his first major league game, Cesar Puello singled in the go-ahead run and C.J. Cron added a two-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Right-hander Troy Scribner (2-0) earned the win in the second start of his career. He allowed one run and two hits. Scribner did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Kevin Gausman (8-8) started well for Baltimore before fading. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, eight hits and two walks, striking out six.
Scribner retired his first seven batters before catcher Wellington Castillo hit his 12th home runs of the season in the top of the third.
The Angels got the run back in the bottom of the inning after Kaleb Cowart led off with a hit, Ben Revere walked and Mike Trout blooped a hit to load the bases. Andrelton Simmons followed with a sacrifice fly.
Cron doubled to lead off the fourth and scored when Puello's hard hit went up the middle, off Gausman's glove and into center to score the run.
Puello, 26, was released by Texas' Triple-A team in June and signed by the Angels to a minor league contract.
One of Kory Calhoun's three singles preceded Cron's seventh home run of the season in the sixth. Cron also had three hits.
Los Angeles scored a final time in the eighth when Zach Britton walked in a run.
Relievers Yusmeiro Petit, Keynan Middleton and Blake Parker held the Orioles scoreless over the final four innings.
Orioles: OF Joey Rickard left the game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Scribner in the sixth. . Activated DH Mark Trumbo (strained right rib cage) and optioned LHP Donnie Hall to Triple-A Norfolk. Trumbo started Wednesday against the Angels.
Angels: DH Albert Pujols was not injured but simply given the day off. . Manager Mike Scioscia said the team would determine by Thursday whether LHP Andrew Heaney's next start will be a sixth rehab appearance or back with the team. Heaney had Tommy John surgery 13 months ago.