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thats why we put the mid-on.It wasnt the first time Root had been starved out either. Misbah-ul-Haq had done him the same way at Lords earlier this summer.Still, where was the harm to have a few more

BALTIMORE -- The rain was intensifying, and the Baltimore Orioles knew it wouldnt be long before umpires called for a tarp to cover the sloppy field. Bill Russell Jersey . So, down by a run in the sixth inning, the Orioles switched to beat-the-rain mode and used the elements to their advantage in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. The teams played for 2 hours, 23 minutes and endured a rain delay that lasted 2:14. Immediately before that stoppage, Baltimore made the plays that won the game. With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth and the grounds crew poised to leap into action, Nate McLouth led off with a bunt off Jered Weaver (1-2) and promptly stole second. "I figured I had a good chance of laying one down there, and with the soaking wet field, that certainly helped," McLouth said. "When I got on there, it was wet, but I wanted to try to get in scoring position as quick as I could. Its tough to receive a ball and throw in those conditions, too. So I took that chance, and it ended up working out." Manny Machado followed with an opposite-field single to right, and when the ball got past Josh Hamilton, McLouth came home with the go-ahead run. Machado took third on a single by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. After Chris Davis hit a swishing grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar for a force at second base, umpire Joe West finally halted play. "It wasnt raining too hard to play when we stopped," West said. "The field was getting unplayable. And thats why we stopped." Too late for Weaver. "Thats some of the toughest weather Ive ever had to pitch in in a little while," the right-hander said. "Its kind of a guessing game. You dont know whether theyre going to stop it or going to call it. At the same time, both teams have to pitch through it and hit through it. It was a little messy out there, but no excuses. They were able to get a couple in that sixth inning and that was the difference in the game." Los Angeles had tied it in the top of the sixth on a home run by Hamilton. Mike Trout also homered for the Angels, who have lost three straight to fall 10 games under .500 (27-37). Making his fifth start since his recovery from a broken left elbow, Weaver gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He was 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his previous four starts against Baltimore. "For the most part, it wasnt too bad," he said. "But there were some times youd throw a pitch and get it back and the ball was already wet. It didnt even have to hit the infield." Jones homered and drove in three runs to help the Orioles improve to 4-1 against the Angels this season. "The sixth inning was big because they tied it in the top half," Jones said. "For us to fight and get two runs off Weaver in that situation was very important, especially with what happened with the rain." Los Angeles closed to 4-3 in the seventh on Hamiltons RBI grounder off Tommy Hunter, but Darren ODay worked a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for his 22nd save. Freddy Garcia (3-3) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk over six innings for the Orioles. The 36-year-old improved to 17-3 lifetime against the Angels, 7-0 since the start of the 2005 season. Trout put the Angels up 1-0 in the third inning with his 11th home run, the first in 72 at-bats since May 23. He didnt hit No. 11 last year until July 6. Weaver retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced before Markakis drew a one-out walk in the fourth and Jones followed with his second homer in two games. In the sixth, however, Hamilton tied it with a drive over the right field scoreboard. It was his ninth homer of the season, the first in 13 games. NOTES: The Angels activated Peter Bourjos (hamstring) from the 15-day DL and designated INF Chris Nelson for assignment. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) is working out with the team and hopes to return soon. "I dont think we have a timeframe, but were certainly in the homestretch," he said. Also, OF Nolan Reimould (hamstring) could begin a rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week, manager Buck Showalter said. ... Baltimore 2B Alexi Casilla jammed his index finger Sunday and did not play Monday. ... Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) starts for Baltimore on Tuesday. The Angels will start Jason Vargas, who blanked the Orioles in Anaheim on May 3. ... Trout has seven career HRs against Baltimore, tied for his most against any club (also Texas). Gordon Hayward Jersey . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. Boston Celtics Jerseys . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Batsmen get punked in the subcontinent. Big time. England, for example, spent the best part of two days watching India pile on the runs but when it was their turn, the ball began keeping low, it started turning. It caused problems even when it did nothing and went straight.Indias total of 455 seemed like a garish example of excess. Picture a solid gold super car. So why get stingy with the close catchers? Ajinkya Rahane at slip was a constant. So was a short leg. Occasionally there was a gully or a leg slip. The rest were protecting singles and boundaries.Consider the five wickets that India took in Visakhapatnam. Alastair Cook was conned by Mohammed Shami. The proud seam of a brand new SG ball was pointing towards the left of the keeper. It should have moved away. It did not. It came in off the pitch and broke the off stump in two. Englands captain would be within his rights to find the nearest coaching manual and yell, you filthy little liar. Haseeb Hameed was run-out. Ben Duckett wrapped himself up with a neat little bow for R Ashwin. Joe Root played a bad shot. And Moeen Ali was done in by less spin than he expected.All but one of those bear the mark of batsmen making mistakes and they happened because India did not give away easy runs. Only 14 balls out of Ashwins 13 overs were scored off. If thats put down to his experience and ranking as the Worlds No. 1 bowler, what explains Jayant Yadav allowing England to profit from only seven of his balls in seven overs? He is a Test debutant.Tactics, perhaps? The men India had saving singles were alert, and well placed. The bowlers were accurate enough to make the job a bit easier. And without the rotation of strike, the pressure on a batsman can seem starker than it is. Even to someone batting past a half-century, as it turned out.Roots down-the-track mow into the leg side that ended up caught off a leading edge looked quite awful. But India allowed him only nine runs in 33 balls since his mix-up with Hameed led England off course. There were other close calls as well, including an offbreak that breached his bat-pad gap. India sensed something. They brought mid-on up, and had Umesh Yadav, a goodd athlete and a fine catcher, about 20 yards from the mid-off boundary. Jayson Tatum Celtics Jersey. Upon seeing the miscue, he backtracked smoothly to his left and did the needful.Ashwin, the bowler, punched the air and let out a roar. He doesnt usually celebrate like that - unless it was the culmination of a plan. Its a very very different pitch to what we saw in Rajkot. Its not one of those easy-paced wickets, he said at the post-match press conference. He [Root] jabbed at one, one went through the gate. and he nicked one, almost, to short leg. So we were expecting a shot like that, and thats why we put the mid-on.It wasnt the first time Root had been starved out either. Misbah-ul-Haq had done him the same way at Lords earlier this summer.Still, where was the harm to have a few more men catching? At least, it would show the batsman who was on top. Yes, but what if Virat Kohli thought it might show something else as well? Gaps, which could be exploited to release the pressure he wanted built. Runs which would mean his spinners cannot get their rhythm right. And a momentum shift with England having a considerably long batting line-up. So, instead, he forced the opposition to take sizeable risks for singles and twos.The ploy isnt foolproof. It may not have yielded such dramatic results either had a few of the visiting batsmen shown a bit more patience. But there was a certain merit to it. Close-in fielders are most useful when the pitch is turning alarmingly and affording extra bounce. In such cases, a captain cant quite decide where inside and outside edges would go so he has to cover his bases. Things havent quite reached that stage yet in Visakhapatnam. Ashwin was beating right-handers with drift more often than he did with turn. Besides, isnt cricket notorious for fielders being put into places after edges fly through them? Not much of that happened here. Natural variation and the ball keeping low were the major problems and by tying a batsman down at one end, India made them play on Englands mind and seem considerably larger. ' ' '