American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 0
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Chris Davis hit a two-run homer and
finished with three RBI, while Wei-Yin Chen tossed five strong innings before
leaving with a right oblique strain as Baltimore blanked the Minnesota Twins,
6-0, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Target Field.
Adam Jones and Steve Pearce each hit solo home runs for the Orioles, who have
won six of their last eight. Chris Snyder provided an RBI single in the
"We're just playing baseball...getting hits when we need to get the hits,"
Snyder said. "Just a good win today. Going into every series, you try to win
Chen (3-3) allowed five hits and struck out three but appeared in pain
following Eduardo Escobar's fifth-inning groundout. The Orioles, who already
have an injury-shortened pitching staff, later announced the oblique injury
for the 27-year-old Chen.
Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two pokes, while
starter Scott Diamond (3-3) took the loss after yielding all six runs on nine
hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Twins had won four of five coming into the series, but dropped two of
three in the series.
"We've been swinging good and banging the ball around," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said of his team's recent success. "You're going to have one of
those days every once in a while. That's a very good baseball team over
Diamond, who fell to 0-7 in his last nine starts at Target Field, struggled
early on as Baltimore struck for four runs through the first three frames.
Davis' two-out, two-run shot -- his 11th home run of the season -- in the
first gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. In the second, Snyder plated J.J. Hardy
with an RBI single and Jones added a solo homer in the third to give the O's a
Davis added to the visitors' lead in the fifth with an RBI groundout to first
with the bases loaded, scoring Nick Markakis to make it 5-0.
Pearce made it 6-0 with a leadoff homer to left-center in the top of the
Baltimore recalled pitcher Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday after
Saturday's starter, Steve Johnson, was optioned to the Tides later that same
night ... Chen has given up no more than three runs in seven of his eight
starts this season ... The Twins had scored at least five runs in six straight
05/12 23:32:22 ET