Angels Do It Again in Extras, Bury Baltimore

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIIAugust 16, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 07:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 7, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers defeated the Angels 8-5.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

What a return for Torii Hunter.

In his first game since July 7 after suffering a groin injury, Hunter returned to the Angles lineup with a bang recording two hits and two RBIs, in which he hit the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning in Baltimore.

But the Angles didn't feel like the lead was safe enough.

The Halos scored three runs in the top of the first, then one more in the top of the third off a Bobby Abreu homerun.

But Baltimore came back for two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning off a Brian Roberts two-run shot.

LA came right back again after Chone Figgins recorded an RBI double, and Erick Aybar hit him in with an RBI single. Figgins' double was the 1,000th hit of his career.

Baltimore, now down 6-2, decided to give the 26,529 fans at Camden Yards a show, came back with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Luke Scott home-run and a Chad Moeller RBI double.

Nick Markakis hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 6-6. LA would retake the lead on a Chone Figgins RBI single in the top of the sixth, then would add one more in the top of the seventh after a Mike Napoli sacrifice fly.

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Down again by two runs, 8-6, Baltimore tried to come back again. Matt Weinters hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eights to bring Baltimore back within one run.

Bottom of the ninth, with the score 8-7, Brian Robers hit a double then stole third base with nobody out. Adam Jones would hit him in with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and would eventually send the game into extra innings.

Flashback to July 31 to a game between the Twins and Angles in Minneapolis. The Twins scored five runs in the first two innings, and looked poised to cruise against the Angels. But the Angels rallied to tie it in the top of the eighth inning and took the game into the 11th inning, where they exploded for a six run 11th inning, and beat the Twins 11-5.

Now, sick of the Orioles comeback attempts, Abreu, Juan Rivera, and Kendry Morales hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Torii Hunter, who singled himself for a 9-8 lead.

But the Angles weren't done.

When the dust cleared, the Angles had scored nine runs to take a 17-8 lead heading into the bottom of the thirteenth inning.

Finally, the Angels had enough to put Baltimore away.

Jason Buldger, who would earn the win, struck out the Baltimore side to end the game.

The Angels are now 5-3 in extra inning games, won their 70th game this season, and are second in the MLB in runs scored (649) behind the New York Yankees (554.)

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