American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Thursday, July 19th)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Mark Reynolds' two-run single in the eighth
inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in
the finale of a four-game set at Target Field.
Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit worked back-to-back walks before both runners
advanced one base on Chris Davis' groundout. Reynolds followed with a single
to center to clear the bases.
Darren O'Day and Troy Patton each allowed a base runner in the bottom half.
However, Pedro Strop worked out of the jam and Jim Johnson tossed a perfect
ninth to secure the win for the O's. Johnson is tied with Atlanta's Craig
Kimbrel for the major league lead in saves with 28.
"It's been that kind of year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Our
players have a short memory and we've won a lot of games the way we've won the
last two days. The way (Johnson) has been the last two nights with one run
leads on the road helps. That's a challenge, especially that part of the
Davis hit a solo homer and Nick Markakis singled and knocked in a run for
Baltimore, which has won its last two since dropping three straight.
Wei-Yin Chen (8-5) earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits over
Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe and Alexi Casilla each drove in a run for the
Twins, who have dropped five of seven since the All-Star break.
Alex Burnett (3-3) was pegged with the loss after allowing two runs in the
eighth. He walked Wieters and Betemit before being replaced by Tyler
Cole De Vries started for Minnesota and gave up just one run on five hits
while striking out five in six innings of work.
"I felt like I got out of one or two situations, I felt good," De Vries said.
"I felt in control of the game, and it was one of those days I felt I needed
to make a good pitch or a big pitch and I was able to do that. That's what the
game's all about, execution."
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first. Ben Revere singled before moving to
second when Joe Mauer walked. Revere then stole third and scored when
Willingham ripped a single to left. After a Justin Morneau strike out, Plouffe
doubled to the corner in left to plate Mauer.
Davis crushed a solo homer to right in the second to make it 2-1.
Minnesota added a run in the fourth to go up 3-1. Morneau singled and moved to
second when Ryan Doumit was hit by a pitch. Brian Dozier then singled to load
the bases before Morneau scored on Casilla's sacrifice fly.
Baltimore cut it to 3-2 in the seventh. Davis walked, moved to second on a
single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt. Markakis then sent
a sharp grounder to third but Plouffe's throw home was off target and got away
from Mauer as Davis slid across the plate safely.
Baltimore is 18-6 in one-run games this season... Johnson leads the American
League in saves. He has never had more than 10 in a season before this
year...Plouffe extended his hitting-streak to a career-high 17
games...Minnesota is 7-14 against the AL East this season and 19-30 at home.
07/19 17:09:06 ET