Play It Again

June 05, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Twins last night:

Back-to-back homers

With two outs in the first inning, Melvin Mora hit a full-count pitch from Minnesota starter Glen Perkins into the left-field seats for his ninth homer of the season - briefly tying for the team lead. Two pitches later, Kevin Millar took the club lead with his 10th home run. It was the third time this season the Orioles have hit back-to-back homers, and all three have involved Millar.

More base-running woes

For the second consecutive night, an Orioles base runner was picked off first base. Last night it was Nick Markakis, who got nabbed leading off first base in the first inning. The mistake proved costly when the next batter, Mora, homered. Freddie Bynum was picked off first on Tuesday. The Orioles, who have had base-running trouble much of the season, were thrown out on the base paths three times in the first two games of this series. Catcher Ramon Hernandez was thrown out attempting to advance from second to third on a flyout Tuesday.

A two-run sacrifice

The Twins delivered a rare two-run sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Joe Mauer hit a deep fly to center that Adam Jones caught, but he fell to the ground while trying to make a throw. Nick Punto scored from third. Carlos Gomez raced around from second to score as well. It was the first time that has happened since May 8, 2001, when former Orioles' minor leaguer Alex Ochoa hit one for the Cincinnati Reds against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On deck

Rookie left-hander Garrett Olson (4-1, 4.03 ERA) faces the Twins for the first time in his career this afternoon. Olson has allowed two runs and struck out 12 in his past 12 innings (two starts). Right-hander Scott Baker, who hasn't pitched since May 3 because of a groin injury, will start for the Twins. Baker is 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA in two starts against the Orioles. He picked up the win with six innings of two-run ball in his only outing last year against the Orioles.

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