Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's game got under way at 7:05 with Kyle Gibson and Chris Tillman on the mound. Jimmy Paredes hit a ground rule double to score the first run of the game in the 4th. Oswaldo Arcia hit a sac fly in the 5th to tie the game at 1-1. Paredes homered to give the O's a 2-1 lead in the 6th. Joe Mauer hit an RBI single in the 7th to tie the game back up at 2-2. The O's took the lead for good in the bottom half of the 7th when Chris Davis sac flied in a run.
Tonight was business as usual for Chris Tillman who continues to give the O's quality outing after quality outing when he takes the hill. Technically, tonight wasn't a quality start becuase Tillman only worked 5 innings. The Twins are one of the more patient lineups in the AL and worked Tillman well, drawing three walks while running up his pitch count. But, Tillman did his part by not giving in and allowing mistake pitches. He picked up six strikeouts and left the game with a chance to win.
Final Line: 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K, No Decision
Tommy Hunter took over in the 6th and was charged with an earned run that tied the game up in the 7th on a single from Joe Mauer off Andrew Miller.
Andrew Miller is human. He allowed his first inherited run to score in an Oriole uniform which tied the game up at 2-2 in the 7th.
Darren O'Day lowered his ERA to a ridiculous 0.91 with a three up-three down 8th inning.
Zach Britton dominated in the 9th, racking up two strikeouts while retiring the side in order. He picked up save number 30 tonight.
The offense had a relatively quiet night overall but found a way to maunfacture three runs. Newest Oriole callup Jimmy Paredes stole the show, driving in two runs on a double and solo home run.
Nick Hundley had the other multi-hit night on offense with a pair of singles.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Nick Hundley had a nice game behind the plate and threw out Twins speedster Danny Santana in the top of the 3rd.
Key Moments In The Game
The Orioles manfactured the key go-ahead run in the 7th inning on a sac fly by Chris Davis. The lights out bullpen took care of the rest from there.
Other Notes/ Musings
The Orioles completed a few trades tonight, picking up outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox and infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox.
The Birds are now a season-best 22 games over .500 as they continue to pull away from the rest of the AL East.
The O's go for the series win tomorrow at 1:05 ET with Wei-Yin Chen and Ricky Nolasco the scheduled starters.
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