Twins win 6-1 at Target Field against Baltimore Orioles
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins starter Kevin Correia had a rough April. But if his start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles is any indication, May could be OK.
Correia tossed seven strong innings, leading the Twins to a 6-1 win at Target Field that snapped the team's four-game losing streak.
Correia was 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in five April starts, but he started off the second month of the season in style, allowing only one run on five hits and no walks and striking out three to get his first win of the season.
With Correia going strong, the Twins' offense provided support in every other inning, scoring single runs in the first, third and fifth before first baseman Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer in the seventh to blow the game open.
Correia retired the last eight batters he faced and 13 of the final 14 before giving way to righty Casey Fein in the eighth inning.
A one-out double to the gap in right-center by third baseman Trevor Plouffe got the Twins on the board in the first inning, scoring Mauer.
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy tied it up in the second inning with a single that scored center fielder Adam Jones.
Second baseman Brian Dozier blasted a solo home run to give the Twins a 2-1 lead in the third inning, and Mauer added an RBI single in the fifth to make it a two-run game.
Singles by shortstop Pedro Florimon and Dozier in the seventh set up Mauer, who bashed his second home run of the season, over the wall in left field, to make it 6-1.
Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) pitched five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.
Right-hander Brad Brach, making his Orioles debut after being acquired in a trade from the San Diego Padres in the offseason, allowed three runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
NOTES: Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe's first-inning double was his major league-leading 13th. ... Twins 2B Brian Dozier's third-inning homer was a solo shot to left. All eight of his home runs this season have been solo homers. ... Orioles RF Nick Markakis' double in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Twins 1B Joe Mauer, who entered the game hitting .136 with runners in scoring position, went 2-for-2 Saturday with RISP, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning.