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Orioles 5, Twins 3: Bats go silent as Orioles take late lead

It was a good game but a 2 out rally in the 9th doomed the Twins.

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Joe Mauer batting lead-off wasn't enough to net the Twins a win against the Orioles, as they've now dropped 6 straight.

The Twins got the first run in the first inning after a pair of singles by Nunez and Dozier and then a sac fly from Trevor Plouffe.

Jose Berrios alternated between looking dominant and being a bit wild in this start. He gave up a run in the 4th after a double by Mark Trumbo and then a single by Wieters. In the 5th he got the first two outs but then Manny Machado and Adam Jones hit back to back homers to make it 3-1 Orioles.

The final line for Berrios tonight was 5 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 8 H, 2 HR, 3 ER. Once again he showed his potential, but he's still a rookie and made some mistakes.

The Twins did get those runs back, though, on a 2 run homer by Plouffe in the 6th off of Gausman, tying the game at 3 a piece. The O's starter left after the 6th, having mostly shut down the Twins offense with a nasty fastball. The O's pen came in and completely blanked the Twins the rest of the way (3 IP, 1 H, 3 K).

The Twins bullpen was fine in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings: Abad, Pressly, and May pitched 3 scoreless to keep the Twins in the game. Kevin Jepsen didn't fare so well in the 9th, however.

It started out promising with 2 quick outs, but things quickly turned on him. Rookie Joey Rickard doubled, and then the Twins decided to intentionally walk Machado. Next, a wild pitch moved both of the runners into scoring position for Adam Jones, who promptly plated both runs with a single to left. 5-3, Orioles.

The Twins bats went quietly into the night, so that's your final score.


Brian Dozier (2-4)

Trevor Plouffe (2-3, 3 RBI)

The Twins bullpen, sans-Jepsen

Various Orioles batters, namely Machado


Oswaldo Arcia, Miguel Sano, Byung Ho Park (0-12, 7 K)

One highlight from the game, the Twins ballboy made a great catch:


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