Dozier's walk-off homer lifts Twins past Orioles

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier's two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Target Field.

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) points to the dugout after his walk off home run in the tenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier's two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Target Field.

Second baseman Dozier hit his 17th homer of the season on a 2-0 count from Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter following a sharp single to center by No. 9 batter Danny Santana.

Trevor May, appearing out of the bullpen for the first time this season, earned the win for Minnesota, pitching one scoreless inning.

Each of Monday's starters was credited with a quality start, although neither figured in the final decision.

Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen lasted seven innings, allowing just four hits while giving up two runs and three walks and striking out five. For Chen, it was his seventh consecutive outing of allowing three runs or less, and the eighth time in his last 10 starts he has done it. Chen lowered his ERA to 2.82 in the process.


Minnesota starter Phil Hughes was nearly as effective, allowing just the two runs on nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. A scoring change on Sunday snapped his streak of quality starts at four, but Hughes has now gone at least six innings and allowed three runs or less in five of his last six starts overall.

The right-hander was in line for his eighth win until he gave up a solo home run to center fielder Adam Jones, a shot that hit high off the left-field foul pole with one out in the sixth. It was the 21st home run Hughes has allowed this season, most in the American League.

Baltimore threatened to take the lead in the sixth, as right fielder Chris Davis followed Jones' blast with a single. A double by catcher Matt Wieters put runners on second and third with one out, but Hughes worked out of the jam, getting a grounder back to the mound and a fly out to center to end the inning.

Hughes departed with a pair of runners on in the seventh, but left-hander Brian Duensing coaxed a double play on his first pitch to end the threat.

The Orioles jumped ahead early on a solo home run by third baseman Manny Machado on the second pitch of the game. It was the fourth leadoff homer by Machado this season.

Machado, celebrating his 23rd birthday on Monday, was selected for his second All-Star Game appearance earlier in the day.

But Baltimore's lead was short-lived.

Twins right fielder Torii Hunter evened the score in the bottom half of the inning, hitting his 13th homer of the season off the facing of the upper deck in left field.


Another solo blast, this one by center fielder Aaron Hicks, gave the Twins the lead in the second inning. Hicks hit an 0-1 off-speed offering from Chen into the bullpen in left-center field for his third home run of the season and second in as many days.

Hicks added a fine running catch to end the fourth inning, robbing Orioles first baseman Chris Parmelee of a sure RBI hit. With a pair of runners on, Parmelee crushed a Hughes fastball to the deepest part of the ballpark. But Hicks tracked it down, hauling it in with a pretty over-the-shoulder, Willie Mays-style catch with his back completely facing home plate, preserving the Twins lead.

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