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Twins 8, Orioles 6

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MINNEAPOLIS -- On a chilly Saturday night in Minneapolis, the Twins were just a little

bit hotter at the plate than the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota evened the series with an 8-6 win at Target Field.

Twins starter Vance Worley, who was 0-4 in seven starts coming in, picked up his first win.

He lasted 5 1/3 innings, throwing 111 pitches and giving up five runs, 11 hits, an intentional

walk and a home run.

Worley left the game with a one-run lead but he got some help in the sixth.

Ryan Doumit's third home run of the season, a two-run blast into the upper deck in left

field off Orioles reliever Troy Patton, gave the Twins a three-run lead that held up thanks to

1 2/3 strong innings of relief by Brian Duensing.

Jared Burton picked up his first save.

Orioles starter Steve Johnson, who was called up from Triple A Norfolk on game day, pitched

efficiently the first time through the Minnesota lineup, allowing two hits and striking out

three.

But he got in trouble in the third and fourth innings, giving up six runs and five hits.

Johnson left after four innings, giving up four walks (one intentional) and seven hits.

The Orioles pounded out 12 hits but could not get enough timely hits with runners in

scoring position after a big first inning.

The Twins put up 10 hits on the board with Joe Mauer going 3 for 4 and extending his 10-

game hitting streak, his second such streak of the season. He is the first player in the

majors to have two double-digit hitting streaks this season.

Worley, who is coming off his best performance of the season, reverted to form and dug

himself a deep early hole.

The Orioles, who had seven doubles against the Twins on Friday night, had two more (Manny

Machado and Adam Jones) on Saturday, along with two singles, to open a 3-0 lead in the first.

Not to be outdone, the Twins had two doubles in the third (Eduardo Escobar and Mauer), and

together with a Justin Morneau single, scored two runs to get back in the game.

The Orioles tacked on a run in the fourth when Matt Wieters hit a home run into the left-

field seats to go up 4-2.

Brian Dozier hit a two-run double to left in the fourth to tie the score at 4. Johnson

walked Mauer and Doumit, and Morneau knocked in Dozier and Mauer for 6-4 lead.

NOTES: The Orioles have the most road wins in the American League (13). ... The Twins have

scored 56 runs in May, which is the second most in baseball behind Tampa Bay (58). ... Coming

into the game, the Twins had 24 doubles in May, which is the most in baseball -- just ahead of

three teams, including Baltimore (22). The Orioles had two more doubles on May 11 to tie the

Twins, who regained the lead with three doubles of their own.
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