Twins grab 6-4 victory over Baltimore Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Joe Mauer had four RBIs and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Minnesota avoided being swept in at least a four-game series in Baltimore for the first time in 48 years. The first-place Orioles took a five-game set in July 1966.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (15-9) put together another effective outing. He allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.
Mauer, the Twins designated hitter, had three hits, including a triple in the sixth that scored two runs. Rookie first baseman Kennys Vargas had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota (60-77). Left-hander Glen Perkins got his 33rd save despite allowing Baltimore designated hitter Nelson Cruz to hit his league-leading 36th home run.
Baltimore rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman (7-7) lost his third straight game. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 7 1/3 innings.
Catcher Nick Hundley got his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh that tied the game at 3-3. First baseman Chris Davis had two hits for the Orioles (79-57)
Minnesota then took a 3-0 lead in the sixth when center fielder Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier had back-to-back singles before Mauer cleared the bases with a triple to left. Vargas then hit a sacrifice fly.
The Orioles rallied in the seventh when a throwing error by Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe helped extend the inning. With runners on the corners, third baseman Jimmy Paredes hit into a fielder's choice for the second out. However, Hundley followed with a homer off Hughes.
Paredes then helped the Twins regain the lead when he failed to handle a sharp grounder by Santana that allowed him to take second and put left fielder Jordan Schafer on third. Left-hander Andrew Miller entered and allowed Mauer to hit a double that scored two runs and a 5-3 lead. Vargas followed with an RBI single to increase the margin.
NOTES: Baltimore recalled RHP Evan Meek and LHP Joe Saunders from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. ... INF Kelly Johnson, acquired from Boston on Saturday, officially reported to Baltimore and was available off the bench. ... RHP Kevin Gausman was recalled from the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate to start against the Twins. ... Minnesota plans to add eight players to the roster when the season for Triple-A Rochester ends Monday. The Twins plan to recall LHP Logan Darnell, RHP Michael Tonkin, C Josmil Pinto, C/OF Chris Herrmann and OF Aaron Hicks. ... Minnesota will also select the contracts of RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP A.J. Achter and INF Doug Bernier. ... The Twins will have Triple-A hitting coach Tim Doherty with the club from Sept. 2-14 while Red Wings Manager Gene Glynn will be with them from Sept. 15-28.