American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, July 18th)
Final Score: Baltimore 2, Minnesota 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tommy Hunter pitched into the eighth inning
and allowed just one run as the Orioles downed the Twins, 2-1, in the third
test of a four-game set Wednesday at Target Field.
Hunter (4-4), who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start,
scattered six hits without walking a batter over 7 1/3 innings to earn his
first victory in over a month in his longest outing of the season.
Adam Jones provided the offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first
inning, while Jim Johnson worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail
down his 27th save of the year and snap Baltimore's three-game skid.
Francisco Liriano (3-9) was charged for both runs on four hits and three walks
over six innings. He struck out 10 batters and has now fanned 25 hitters over
his last 14 innings.
"You have to give him credit," said Twins catcher Drew Butera of Liriano. "He
goes out there every day and gives us a shot to win."
Josh Willingham accounted for the lone run with a homer in the fourth, but the
Twins lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.
The Orioles jumped on Liriano early as J.J. Hardy stroked a one-out single and
Jones followed with an upper-deck blast to left field to give the visitors a
Minnesota trimmed the lead in half in the fourth when Willingham launched a
solo shot into the bullpen in left-center field, but Hunter was able to bear
down as he retired the next eight batters he faced to maintain Baltimore's
"It's a refresher to everybody to get on and off the field and have some short
innings," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "This time of year, these are
the dog days (of summer). It's important to get on and off the field some and
keep us from calling the bullpen."
Willingham singled to start the home seventh and Trevor Plouffe was hit by a
pitch two batters later, but Hunter induced back-to-back flyouts from Brian
Dozier and pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit to end the frame.
Plouffe then singled to lead off the ninth, but Johnson retired three straight
as the Orioles escaped with the victory.
The Orioles designated pitcher Brad Bergesen for assignment to make room for
Hunter...Plouffe extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a
single in the second inning...Willingham's homer in the fourth was the 500th
RBI of his career...Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left the game with a stomach
virus and went home.
07/18 23:47:58 ET