American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Baltimore
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Baltimore 8, Minnesota 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Tommy Hunter followed up Jake Arrieta's
Opening Day gem with one of his own Saturday, going seven-plus strong innings
as the Baltimore Orioles toppled the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, in the middle game
of a three-game set at Camden Yards.
Hunter (1-0) gave up two unearned runs on six hits while striking out three
and issuing one walk for the Orioles, who have won their first two games of
the season for the second consecutive year. Luis Ayala closed it down in the
ninth inning for the O's.
"If we continue to go deep in the game with our starting pitching, we'll have
some fun this year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's two out of
162, but it's a good way to start. We had good starts to start the season last
year, so we'll see if it continues."
Nick Markakis finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones
also had solo shots, while Robert Andino added a two-run single and Nolan
Reimold had an RBI base hit.
Francisco Liriano (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs -- five
earned -- on eight hits while fanning four and walking two in just four
Jamey Carroll and Joe Mauer both knocked in a run for the Twins, who dropped
the first two games of the season for the second year in a row.
Baltimore struck first in the home half of the second when Jones led off the
frame by belting a knee-high fastball from Liriano just over the wall in
right-center field to give the O's the early lead.
The O's added two more runs in the third when Ronny Paulino opened the inning
with a single to right. Andino followed with a single into left field. The
ball skipped past Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, allowing Paulino to
score. Andino then advanced to third on a groundout by Reimold and scored on a
double-play groundout by J.J. Hardy to make it a 3-0 game.
The Twins put together a threat in the visitor's half of the fourth when
Justin Morneau doubled to lead off the frame and Hunter plunked Willingham to
put two men on with no outs, but Hunter worked his way out of trouble by
getting Chris Parmelee to foul out and inducing a 5-3 double play from Danny
Valencia to end the frame.
Baltimore put up three more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-0.
Mark Reynolds drew a one-out walk and Paulino followed two batters later with
a double to left to put runners on second and third with two down. Andino came
through with a two-run single down the left field line and Reimold followed
with a bloop single into center field to plate Andino from second.
Markakis blasted a 1-1 changeup from Twins' reliever Jared Burton over the
wall in right-center field in the seventh, and Wieters took a changeup out to
right two batters later to make it 8-0 for the O's.
The Twins got both of their runs in the visitor's half of the eighth when
Carroll and Mauer grounded into back-to-back RBI force outs to make it an 8-2
game, but they would get no closer.
"You get a little amped up early when things don't go your way," Twins manager
Ron Gardenhire said. "We have to keep our head up and keep battling. We've got
some talent in that clubhouse, A couple things go our way and we'll get on a
It was Markakis' second straight multi-hit game...It was Hunter's first career
start in the month of April...Prior to the game, the Twins announced that
Sunday's starter Liam Hendriks will be skipped due to food poisoning and
Anthony Swarzak will start in his place...Liriano fell to 2-2 in five career
starts against Baltimore...Minnesota went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring
position and stranded six...Game Time: 2:37.
04/07 23:47:06 ET
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