Angels beat Pirates to win first series in month

The Angels bullpen delivered in a win over Pirates to secure first series win in over a month and start a two-game winning streak.

The Angels won their second consecutive game since the start of the season, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, Wednesday at PNC Park.

The Angels last won two games in a row on April 2-3. They hadn’t won a series since sweeping the Miami Marlins in the second series of the season.

The Angels, who scored nine runs on Tuesday, bailed out starter Jose Soriana by scattering 10 hits. Jo Adell, who went 2 for 4, hit a solo home run and a run-scoring single.

Soriano cruised through the first four innings before giving up four runs in the fifth. He allowed a double to Joey Bart and walked two consecutive Pirates to load the bases beore Oneil Cruz’s double cleared the bases and gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.

Connor Joe drove in Cruz with a single before Angels manager Ron Washington lifted Soriano in favor of Adam Cimber.

Logan O’Hoppe and Brandon Drury had RBI hits in the sixth inning and Willie Calhoun drove in Drury with a sacrifice fly to give the Angels a 5-4 lead.

The Angels bullpen held the Pirates hitless for 4 1/3 innings and Carlos Estevez shut the door for his sixth save.

Here are some takeaways:

Bounce-back game for Adell

After a spectacular April, Adell had an atrocious start to the month of May. He was 1 for 20 entering Wednesday.

He went 2-4 with a home run and two runs batted in Wednesday to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.

He hasn’t had enough at bats to qualify, but his .817 OPS would be the second highest on the team behind Mike Trout. If the Angels can get Adell return to his April form, he could represent the Angels in the All-Star game in July.

Angels bullpen lights out

The Angels bullpen had its best performance of the season and was instrumental in the team ending the road trip with a win.

Adan Cimber, who the victory, and Matt Moore each pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with a combined five strikeouts. Luis Garcia got two crucial outs in the eighth inning before Estevez pitched a perfect ninth and earn his sixth save.

Drury leaves game

Drury had two doubles Wednesday with a game-trying RBI before leaving the game with reported hamstring tightness. He missed time earlier this season because of hamstring injury but was not put on the injured list.

If Drury has to miss significant time, the only infielder on the Angels 40-man roster who is not already on the injured list is Kyren Paris.

Paris had an OPS of .300 in 15 games last season and is only 22 years old. The Angels want him playing in the minor leagues everyday instead of being a bench player for the major league club.

Hunter Dozier has been red hot in Triple-A Salt Lake City lately and has major-league experience. The Angels would have to be added to the 40-man roster to make room for Dozier.

But Drury has battled hamstring problems before and rest seemed to heal his wounds.

Up next for Angels

The Angels return home Thursday for a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals and a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Angels left-hander (3-3, 4.24 ERA) will start for the Angels on Thursday against Royals right-hander Michael Wacha (1-4, 5.50). Detmers is coming off his worst start of the season when he allowed seven runs and three home runs in a loss to the Cleveland Guardians.