Baltimore 4, Minnesota 2

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, April 6, 2012 3:05 PM
Location - Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Temperature - 59°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione,
Attendance - 46773

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 6 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
Baltimore 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap

Orioles 4, Twins 2: Nick Markakis drove in three runs and Jake Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings as host Baltimore opened its 2012 season with a victory.

The Orioles, whose 12-5 opening-day record since 1996 is the best in baseball, won for the 10th time in their last 12 season openers.

Markakis got started early, taking a fastball to deep left field for a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off Carl Pavano (0-1). He picked up another RBI with a triple off the right-center wall, with some help from the sun, that scored J.J. Hardy to make it a 4-0 lead in the sixth.

Matt Wieters scored Markakis from third on a chopper in the fourth inning.

Arrieta (1-0) was sharp in his first career opening day start. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out four, posting four three-up, three-down innings and walking just two batters.

The Twins lost for the seventh time in their last nine meetings with Baltimore and have dropped four straight opening day contests.

Pavano went seven innings in his second consecutive opening day start for the Twins. The veteran right-hander was charged with four runs on five hits while striking out one.

Minnesota threatened in the ninth, cutting the lead in half on Josh Willingham’s two-run homer to left-center field off reliever Troy Patton. Closer Jim Johnson came on and got a groundout for the save with runners at the corners.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Baltimore is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards. … Markakis didn’t hit any of his 15 home runs to opposite field in 2011. … Justin Morneau went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game as the Twins regular DH.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Baltimore
Carl Pavano Player Jake Arrieta
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 7.0
1 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 2
5.14 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Minnesota   Baltimore
Denard Span Player Nick Markakis
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 3
0 HR 1
2 TB 7
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 6 1 9 .188 15 6 2 4 0 0
Baltimore 6 1 12 .214 11 3 4 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Baltimore will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Orioles have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Baltimore. The Twins have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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