American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Friday, May 10th)
Final Score: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 6 (10 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Manny Machado hit a go-ahead single to
begin a three-run rally in the 10th inning as the Baltimore Orioles defeated
the Minnesota Twins, 9-6, in the opener of a three-game series.
With one out in the inning and runners on first and third, Machado connected
on a 1-0 pitch by Anthony Swarzak (1-1), scoring Chris Dickerson. Nick
Markakis followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Nate McLouth and Adam Jones
hit a liner to center to bring Machado home.
Tommy Hunter (3-1) was perfect through 2 1/3 innings of relief for Baltimore,
while Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 10th to notch his 14th save. Starter
Jason Hammel lasted just four-plus innings, giving up six runs on eight hits
and two walks. He was looking to become the first Orioles pitcher to win his
first six road starts in a season since Jeff Ballard in 1989.
Markakis and Chris Davis drove in two runs apiece in the victory, Baltimore's
fifth in the last six games.
"It's not a club that panics. It's a mature group, even though it's the
youngest team in our division," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "They stay
within each other and do what they do. Guys don't try to hit five-run home
runs. Just got a lot of people who strung a lot of good at-bats together and
kept grinding it out."
Joe Mauer had two RBI, while Trevor Plouffe, Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit and
Oswaldo Arcia each drove in one run for the Twins. Starter Mike Pelfrey
allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings.
Jamey Carroll singled and Mauer ripped a double to right to start the home
half of the first. Willingham grounded out towards third, but brought Carroll
Mauer tacked on two more runs for Minnesota in the third with a two-out single
that scored Doumit and Arcia. Doumit hit a sacrifice fly an inning later that
plated Justin Morneau and gave the Twins a 4-0 lead.
Willingham was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth. After Morneau was walked,
Plouffe knocked a double that scored Willingham. Two batters later, Arcia hit
a grounder that brought Morneau across the plate.
However, the Orioles would not give up, scoring six runs over the next two
innings. Davis started the rally with a double that scored Markakis. After a
fly out by Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Dickerson hit back-to-back RBI
An inning later, McLouth smacked a leadoff double and later scored on a
throwing error by Plouffe on a bunt by Machado. Markakis singled to score
Machado, then Davis tied the game with another RBI double.
Johnson came to pitch in the 10th. He allowed a two-out single to Chris
Parmelee, but struck out Wilkin Ramirez to end the game.
"We had them where we wanted them," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But we
just ran out of bullets there at the end after our starter went out of the
game. But our bullpen has been pretty good, so we'll take our chances with
them. It just didn't work out for us tonight."
The Orioles were 10-for-24 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on
base, while the Twins were 3-for-17 and left nine men on base ... Davis had
three doubles ... Alexi Casilla had two stolen bases for Baltimore... Johnson
has 35 consecutive converted saves dating back to last season, setting the
franchise record he had shared with Randy Myers. Myers had 34 from May 6-
September 27, 1997.
05/11 03:17:20 ET