American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Monday, July 16th)
Final Score: Minnesota 19, Baltimore 7
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins offense errupted for
seven runs in the first inning and coasted to a 19-7 thumping of the Baltimore
Orioles in the opener of a four-game series at Target Field.
Denard Span did the most damage with the bat, going 3-for-5 with five RBI,
while Ben Revere had four hits and three RBI with a run scored. Joe Mauer
smoked a solo home run to account for one of his two RBI and Ryan Doumit
brought home a pair for the Twins, who snapped a five-game slide. Justin
Morneau added four hits and an RBI in the victory.
"We definitely needed a win like that," Span said. "We didn't play too
well against Oakland and I think we were due for a huge win like that. It was
just an all-around good game for us. We were definitely due for that."
Scott Diamond (8-3) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with three
strikeouts over six innings to earn the win. Anthony Swarzak and Matt Capps
closed out the blow-out win for the Twins.
Chris Tillman (1-1) was rocked for seven runs -- one earned -- on five hits
and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.
Mark Reynolds smoked a three-run home run and Endy Chavez added a two-run shot
for the O's, who have dropped five of their last six games.
The Twins exploded out of the gate, putting up seven runs in their first at-
bat to take control of the game early.
Revere started the inning with a double and came around to score on a single
by Mauer. Morneau doubled two batters later and Trevor Plouffe walked to load
the bases with two outs. Doumit slapped one down the first base line that
skipped under the glove of Reynolds, allowing Mauer and Morneau to score.
Brian Dozier followed with a run-scoring single to make it 4-0, and Span
capped the big inning with a bases-clearing double into the right-center
field gap, giving the Twins the huge cushion.
"He struggled tonight. He's done that before," O's manager Buck Showalter
said. "It's a lot more than just a mechanical thing, but his arm strength was
good. If we make a couple plays behind him, it probably doesn't turn out like
Wilson Betemit got the O's on the board in the second with a run-scoring
single, but Minnesota got the run right back in the home half on a long solo
shot into the right field seats by Mauer, extending the lead to 8-1.
Adam Jones laced a one-out double into the left-center gap in the third and
came around to score on a sharp single to shortstop by Reynolds, cutting the
deficit to six, but, again, the Twins got it back in the home portion of the
Dozier and Doumit quickly made the first two outs of the frame before Jamey
Carroll drew a walk. Span followed with a free pass and both runners advanced
on a balk before Revere brought everyone home with a base hit to make it 10-2.
Josh Willingham drew a one-out walk in the fourth and came around to score
later in the inning on a fielder's choice by Plouffe to extend the lead to
Nick Markakis started the O's fifth with a single and Jones added a base hit
two batters later before Reynolds got a hold of a high fastball from Diamond
and drilled it into the left field seats for a three-run shot, cutting the
deficit to 11-5.
In the sixth, Morneau doubled home Josh Willingham and scored via a Doumit
sacrifice fly. Carroll capped the frame with a run-scoring base hit back
through the box to make it a 14-5 game.
The Twins plated five more runs in the eighth. Doumit picked up his second RBI
of the game with a groundout and Carroll brought home Plouffe with a base hit
before Span smoked a double down the line in right to score a pair. Revere
capped the inning with a single to score Span, making it a 19-5 game.
Chavez ripped a fastball from Matt Capps over the wall in center field to
account for the final score.
The O's fell to 13-10 against left-handed starters this season...The Orioles
announced on Monday that second baseman Robert Andino suffered a left shoulder
strain and will miss the next 3-4 weeks of action...19 runs was the Twins
highest offensive output in one game since they put up 19 runs against the
Kansas City Royals on July 26, 2010...The Twins went 9-for-15 with runners in
scoring position and stranded five, while the Orioles finished 5-for-14 with
men in scoring position and left six on base...Plouffe (2-for-4) extended his
career-best hitting streak to 14 games.
07/17 00:54:06 ET