Though they dropped the finale of their three-game series with Kansas City 12-3 on Sunday, the Twins completed a 5-1 homestand. Minnesota swept the playoff-hopeful Texas Rangers before taking the first two from the Royals.
“We’ll take a sweep of Texas anytime, and two of three from these guys,” Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said. “Kansas City is a team we need to beat coming down to the end of the season, and we took two of three. If we do that in every series, we’ll be in good shape.”
The Twins lead the Central by 8 1/2 games over the second-place Chicago White Sox.
“We’re playing pretty good baseball,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Today was just a bad day.”
The Twins took two of three at Camden Yards from July 23-25, but are only 8-24 in Baltimore since 1997.
The Orioles failed to complete a weekend sweep of the AL East-leading New York Yankees on Sunday, suffering a 4-3 loss.
Rafael Palmeiro hit a three-run homer in the first inning for the Orioles, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.
Palmeiro finished 2-for-3, and is batting .435 (10-for-23) with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs during a six-game hitting streak. The 39-year-old first baseman has 2,899 career hits.