Cabrera, who was 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in five June outings, has turned things around this month, going 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three starts. The second-year right-hander, who won 12 games as a rookie in 2004, allowed two earned runs and two hits over a season high-tying eight innings in Thursday’s 5-3 win at Seattle.
“He was absolutely outstanding,” manager Lee Mazzilli said of Cabrera. “He had one bad inning where he got knocked around a little. After that it was just lights out.”
Cabrera struck out six and walked one, moving his record back above .500 for the first time since June 5, when he was 5-4 after a 6-2 victory at Detroit.
The Orioles ended a two-game skid and won for the fifth time in seven games with Monday’s series-opening 3-2, 11-inning victory.
Sosa’s two-run homer in the seventh inning off Carlos Silva was his 584th, moving him past Mark McGwire and into sole possession of sixth place on the career list, two behind Frank Robinson.
Palmeiro went 3-for-5 to tie Al Kaline for 24th on the career list with 3,007 hits.
Sosa and Tejada had both gone homerless since the same game on June 18. Sosa had not homered in 78 at-bats since connecting off Colorado’s Byung-Hyun Kim, and Tejada, the All-Star MVP, went 95 at-bats without a homer before connecting on a 1-2 slider from Juan Rincon to break a 2-all tie. It was Tejada’s 20th home run of the season.
“Right before he got up I said to him, ‘Miggy this is your time of the game,”’ Mazzilli said. “He’s done that many times before.”
Minnesota, which has lost eight of 11, fell 13 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and a half-game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire unleashed a profanity-filled tirade aimed at Hunter Wendelstedt after the plate umpire ejected him in the eighth inning.
Gardenhire said he told Wendelstedt that a called third strike on Joe Mauer was high. Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire, who was in the dugout, which prompted the manager to confront the umpire at the plate.
“I didn’t raise my hands on him, I just told him the ball was high,” Gardenhire fumed, as he paced in his office after the game. “When he threw me out of the game he told me I was looking for show time. … That’s very unprofessional. Very unprofessional, and I don’t have to take that from nobody.”
Baltimore is tied with Boston for the wild-card lead. Both teams are a half-game back of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.