Rutschman homers, Orioles beat Angels, run win streak to 5

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BALTIMORE — Rookie Adley Rutschman hit his first home run at Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles extended their winning streak to a season-best five games, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 on Thursday night.

“It was awesome,” Rutschman said. “To hear everyone cheering, to hear the fans behind your back, it’s definitely a cool moment.”

Jordan Lyles (5-7) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing one run and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks on 104 pitches. Baltimore’s starting pitchers have allowed one earned run or fewer 15 times in their last 20 games and carry a 2.46 ERA over that span.

Jorge Lopez worked the ninth for his 15th save in 19 opportunities.

The Angels fell to 1-5 on their nine-game trip. Los Angeles began the season with postseason aspirations but at 38-46 its record is two games worse than the Orioles, who have the lowest payroll in the majors.

Rutschman gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo shot off fellow rookie Chase Silseth (1-3). His fourth homer of the season just cleared the right-field scoreboard.

“Huge hit and guys were pumped for him,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It was a great swing. It sure felt good to get the first one in front of the home fans and many more to come.”

Ryan Mountcastle gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the third with a double to center that scored Anthony Santander.

The Angels hit several balls hard but the Orioles were stellar defensively. Center fielder Cedric Mullins made a diving catch of Luis Rengifo‘s liner in the fourth. In the eighth, Mullins made a leaping grab at the wall on a deep drive by Mike Trout.

“We got some quick outs, even if they were loud outs that our defense made great plays on, especially the outfield,” Lyles said. “They were running balls down all night.”

Trout also hit a 381-foot blast to left field in the fifth that turned into an out with the new outfield configuration at Camden Yards.

“It’s definitely bigger for sure,” Trout said. “I was hitting some balls in (batting practice) that were pretty far. It’s just a couple of rows back. You have to hit it to get it out in left.”

The Orioles boosted their lead to 4-0 in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Trey Mancini and a sacrifice fly by Mountcastle off Andrew Wantz.

Silseth was charged with four runs and six hits over four innings – his second-shortest start of the season.

Kurt Suzuki had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Angels.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Orioles infielder Tyler Nevin got emotional when talking about playing for the first time in the majors against a team led by his father, Angels interim manager Phil Nevin.

“This moment for our family is pretty incredible,” said Tyler Nevin, who was not in the starting lineup Thursday.

Phil Nevin is serving a 10-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl against the Mariners on June 26. He is due back in the dugout Saturday, and Tyler could be in Baltimore’s lineup.

“It’s special,” Phil said. “I really have no idea what to expect.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) was scheduled to start Friday but he was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 4. RHP Jose Marte was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (right shoulder) ??will pitch a rehab game for Double-A Bowie on Saturday.

UP NEXT??

Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (2-3, 4.66 ERA) is being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and will make his 13th start of the season as the four-game series continues on Friday.

Orioles: ??RHP Tyler Wells (7-4, 3.09 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 15 straight starts.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.