Baltimore 2, Minnesota 1

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 76°
Umpires - Home Plate - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora,
Attendance - 33195

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Baltimore 47-44 23-22 24-22 W1
Minnesota 38-53 19-29 19-24 L1


Orioles 2, Twins 1: Tommy Hunter outdueled Francisco Liriano with some help from Adam Jones’ two-run homer as visiting Baltimore snapped a three-game slide.

J.J. Hardy singled and scored in front of Jones’ blast for the Orioles, who finally slowed the Minnesota offense. The Twins had piled up 25 runs in winning the first two games of the series.

Hunter (4-4) got another chance in the major league rotation because of a series of injuries to the Baltimore staff and scattered six hits while allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings. The burly right-hander, who had allowed at least five earned runs in each of his previous three starts, struck out one and did not walk a batter.

For the second straight start, Liriano (3-9) posted double-digit strikeouts but was undone by the long ball. After punching out 15 over eight innings last time out, Liriano settled for 10 over six against the Orioles. The veteran left-hander, who has been the subject of trade rumors, yielded two runs on four hits while walking three.

The lone blemish on Liriano’s line came in the first inning, when Jones got an 0-1 fastball on the inside corner and belted it into the second deck in left field for his 22nd home run and a 2-0 edge.

The Twins threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but left-hander Troy Patton got Justin Morneau to ground into the shift at second base for the final out.

Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Josh Willingham provided the lone run for Minnesota with his 23rd homer. Willingham has hit in six straight games and has four home runs in that span. … Jones has homered in back-to-back games and has four extra-base hits in the series. … Baltimore was awarded the fourth pick in the competitive balance draft held Wednesday. The pick will come after the end of the regular first round of the first-year player draft next June.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Baltimore   Minnesota
Tommy Hunter Player Francisco Liriano
Win W/L Loss
7.1 IP 6.0
1 Strikeouts 10
6 Hits 4
1.23 ERA 3.00
Baltimore   Minnesota
Adam Jones Player Josh Willingham
2 Hits 2
2 RBI 1
1 HR 1
7 TB 5
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Baltimore 5 1 10 .156 14 12 2 3 0 0
Minnesota 8 1 11 .242 20 1 1 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Baltimore. The Twins have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .415 after a loss.
  • Baltimore will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Orioles have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .511 after a loss.
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