BALTIMORE -- When shortstop Erick Aybar mishandled a throw from first baseman Kendry Morales on Tuesday night, it marked the Angels' 15th error of the season, tying them for the most in the American League in that category.
With another during Wednesday's day game against the Orioles, the Angels moved into the lead.
Those 16 errors have resulted in 12 unearned runs, the third-highest total in the AL and a handicap for a pitching staff that's scuffled at times.
While manager Mike Scioscia acknowledges that Aybar may have been screened by a runner sliding into second base and unable to pick up Morales' throw until the last second, he readily admits that the team's defense needs to improve.
"Our defense should be an asset for us, but we haven't played to the level we need to," Scioscia said. "All these players should be plus defenders, and some of them should be decision-makers at their positions. ... Sometimes, as a group, you're not going to be as locked in."
Once the preventable errors stop, Scioscia thinks the Angels will rebound.
"We need these guys to make plays and not make the kind of mistakes where one mistake leads to another," Scioscia said.
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.