Orioles 3, Twins 2

March 20, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Geronimo Gil hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to improve the Orioles' record to 12-7-1. Closer candidate Willis Roberts gave up a run in the ninth but was rescued by a double-play ball.

The arms

Sidney Ponson allowed an unearned run over six innings, holding the Twins to three hits and walking one. Ponson's error with one out in the third led to the run when Denny Hocking doubled off the left-field fence. Left-handers Sean Runyan and Buddy Groom carried the lead into the ninth, when Roberts allowed three straight singles to open the inning.

The bats

Jay Gibbons tied the score, 1-1, in the fourth with a run-scoring single off Twins starter Joe Mays. Gil had two hits, including a fifth-inning single. Marty Cordova doubled before Gil's homer.

Injury update

Center fielder Chris Singleton could be out for at least another week because of a strained Achilles' tendon, the same injury that's preventing first baseman David Segui from playing. Left-hander John Bale will have a magnetic resonance imaging today to find the source of his elbow pain. Pitcher Chris Brock has a sore shoulder.

The number

0-4-1 - The Orioles' spring record against Boston and St. Louis. They're 12-3 against everyone else.

The quote

"We're not ready to announce it, but I don't think there's any secret that Calvin Maduro has done everything to win the fifth spot in the rotation. I think it's kind of been a foregone conclusion for a while." - manager Mike Hargrove

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