Austin Hays, Orioles overpower Angels, finish sweep

Austin Hays went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs as the red-hot Baltimore Orioles routed the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif., to complete a three-game sweep.

The Orioles (88-51) won their fifth straight game, all on the road, and picked up their ninth sweep of the season. They kept their lead in the American League East at 3 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays (85-55), who beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 earlier on Wednesday.

Anthony Santander went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for Baltimore, which has won 11 of its past 14 games.

Orioles starter Kyle Gibson (14-8) went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. The right-hander walked two, struck out three and tied the Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Bassitt for the most wins in the AL.

Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (7-12) worked five-plus innings, and all four batters he walked came around to score. He yielded seven runs (four earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts.

The Angels (64-76) took their sixth straight loss and fell to 1-9 since Aug. 27.

The Orioles went up 1-0 in the second inning when Ramon Urias drove in Hays with a single.

Baltimore opened it up with four runs in the third for a 5-0 lead.

After an error and two walks loaded the bases with one out, Hays singled to left to drive a pair. Three batters later, Aaron Hicks singled past shortstop Luis Rengifo to score two more.

In the bottom of the third, Rengifo crushed a Gibson changeup 408 feet into the right field seats for a two-run homer, his 16th of the season, to cut the Angels’ deficit to 5-2.

The Orioles piled on again after Sandoval walked the first two batters of the sixth, ending his outing. Jaime Barria entered and gave up a run-scoring single to Santander and a sacrifice fly to Hays.

The Angels’ Mike Moustakas hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-3.

The Orioles put the game out of reach at 10-3 in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Santander — a two-run blast for his 27th of the year — and a solo shot from Hays, his 14th.