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Machado throws Pujols for a loop again

O's third baseman ranges behind bag and unleashes laser to nail slugger

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BALTIMORE -- Another day, another spectacular defensive play by Manny Machado.

In the first inning of an eventual 1-0 loss to the Angels in 13 innings on Thursday night at Camden Yards, the third baseman already had a play good enough for the highlight reels. He quickly reached to his left to grab a grounder by Albert Pujols and started a double play from his knees.

Of course, for Machado, that wasn't enough. In the 11th, he robbed Pujols again. The first baseman ripped a ground ball down the third-base line. Machado reached into foul territory to rob Pujols of extra bases and fired across the diamond to beat the slugger by a step.

"I've seen him the last couple years," Pujols said. "That kid has a really good arm. I'm pretty sure he's just going to get better."

But Pujols got the last laugh, staying away from Machado in the 13th with an RBI single up the middle for the only run of the game.

Earlier in the game, Pujols passed Manny Ramirez for 27th on the all-time doubles list. He would have added another in extras had it not been for Machado.

Machado's latest highlight comes a day after he added another one to his ever-growing reel against the same batter. In the fourth inning of an Orioles win, Machado ranged way into foul territory and made an off-balance throw to first base on a line to keep Pujols off the basepaths.

"The guys made great plays behind me," said starting pitcher Bud Norris, who was on the mound for Machado's first play on Thursday. "Manny was outstanding."

Machado needed a big day in the field because his effort at the plate was unimpressive. The former All-Star went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, including one in the 13th inning.

David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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