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Twins 9, Orioles 6: Hildenberger!

Bartolo Colon is a Twin. Trevor Hildenberger got the win. Did we mention the Colon thing yet

Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Minnesota was down 6-0. The young starter was already out of the game, and it looked like a lost Friday night in Minneapolis.

And then.

The last Montreal Expo signed with the Minnesota Twins. Somewhere, a middle finger was raised in Bud Selig’s direction. And at Target Field, the Twins mounted a furious comeback, scoring nine unanswered runs on their way to a 9-6 victory and another come-from-behind win over the hapless Baltimore pitching staff.

With Hector Santiago on the DL, the Twins brought back Felix Jorge in the hopes he could repeat his promising start from last weekend. He did not do that. The Orioles started the game with back-to-back dongs from Seth Smith and Manny Machado. The latter followed it up with a 3-run sloppy tater in the third, and a Trey Mancini RBI single chased Jorge, leaving the Twins in a 6-0 hole.

With the Colon signing echoing through Target Field, Minnesota’s bats awoke, no doubt inspired by the looming call-up (this is definitely not true, and a reminder that the Orioles pitching staff is garbage set on fire in a Superfund site that the government won’t acknowledge). The Twins loaded the ding-dang bases in the 4th off Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman, plating two on an Eddie Rosario single and a Chris Gimenez HBP.

Minnesota kept the pressure on Gausman in the 5th, with the slumping/hurting Brian Dozier leading off with a triple, then Robbie Grossman following with a double to make the score 6-3. An error and a Max Kepler single scored another run, and that was it for Gausman. Miguel Castro entered, and the hits kept coming and they wouldn’t stop coming, with the recently recalled Kennys Vargas tying the game on a 2-run double, and Gimenez giving the Twins their first lead with an RBI single.

While this happened, the game’s MVP kept Baltimore in check. Trevor Hildenberger settled everything down, pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief and getting the win.

The Twins added two insurance runs in the 8th, with Byron Buxton doing the heavy lifting. He poked a 2-out single to center to score one run, then scored from first on a Dozier single/Machado misplay for another run.

Gonna repeat that: scored from first.

Twins All-Star Brandon Kintzler came on in the 9th (after respectable post-Hildenberger outings from Ryan Pressley, Matt Belisle, and Taylor Rogers) and was the only pitcher to get Machado out all night, getting the save and ending a very strange and good night for Minnesota.


DUDS: Jorge, Baltimore’s pitching staff


Enjoy your weekend, everybody.