Twins Capitalize on Orioles Errors to Complete Sweep
BALTIMORE, MD -- The Minnesota Twins took advantage of costly errors by the Baltimore Orioles to win 4-3 in extra innings and complete the four-game sweep.
The Twins jumped on Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman early, with a two-out bloop double by Joe Mauer followed by rookie slugger Miguel Sano's 11th home run of the year to give Minnesota a 2-0 first inning lead.
Gausman would settle in, however, as the Twins only managed one more hit until the ninth inning.
MInnesota starter Mike Pelfrey was unable to make it out of the fifth inning and gave up the lead, but the suddenly stellar Twins bullpen was able to keep the Orioles scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Brian Dozier hustled out an infield single -- sliding head first into first base to beat the throw. Dozier advanced to second on a weak ground ball by Mauer before scoring on a two-out single by Trevor Plouffe to tie the game.
With one out in the top of the 12th inning, Eduardo Escobar hit a routine ground ball up the middle. It got past Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado and Escobar advanced to second on the error.
With two outs, Shane Robinson hit a routine grounder that got past Orioles third baseman Jimmy Paredes for an error -- allowing Escobar to score the go-ahead run.
Minnesota used seven relievers in the game, forcing Tommy Milone -- the starter of Friday night's win -- to come in for the save opportunity. Milone promptly retired the Orioles in order for the save in the 4-3 win.
With the win, Minnesota improves to 63-61 on the season -- 5 1/2 games out of the American League Wild Card.
The Twins have tomorrow off before starting a three game series in Tampa against the Rays on Tuesday night.