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Orioles bounce back, but don't make it easy

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Baltimore Orioles have been good at bouncing back from difficult defeats, in the eyes of manager Sam Perlozzo. He watched them do just that, with a late scare for some extra excitement.

Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer, Daniel Cabrera threw six shutout innings and the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 9-7 on Saturday night.

"I've had plenty of dental visits less painful than that," Perlozzo said. "My heart and stomach are still jumping."

Melvin Mora drove in a run with one of his three hits, Ramon Hernandez doubled twice and had two RBI, and Tejada drove in three. Michael Cuddyer's seventh-inning grand slam for the Twins, his second in four days, merely cut an 8-0 lead in half.

Joe Mauer, who went 2-for-3 with two walks to raise his average to .388, was part of a two-run ninth-inning rally that fell short against closer Chris Ray. Mauer reached base safely four times for the fifth straight game -- the Elias Sports Bureau was researching whether that was a major league record.

"He's hit an area where they don't even know there's records for right now. That just tells you where he's at," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against Ray. Mike Redmond had an RBI groundout and Justin Morneau hit a sacrifice fly before Tony Batista grounded back to the mound to end it.

"This club has been as resilient as any I've seen off tough losses," Perlozzo said. "Those are signs that your ballclub is getting on the right track."

Cabrera (4-2), making his second appearance since a three-week stint on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, won for the third time in six starts. He has thrown 11 innings this month without giving up a run, though he has walked 11 batters.

Getting Minnesota to ground into a pair of double plays and stranding eight runners, six in scoring position, Cabrera escaped unscathed while allowing five hits and six walks. He struck out five.

"If he throws strikes he's unhittable," teammate Kevin Millar said. "Devastating slider. Devastating sinker. It's almost hopeless to right-handers."

After falling a season-worst six games under .500 with Friday's 7-5 defeat in 12 innings, Baltimore had a three-run first against Carlos Silva (2-8).

Brian Roberts hit an RBI single in the fifth and Millar doubled home a run in the sixth as Silva struggled again in his second start since a three-week banishment to the bullpen. He gave up 10 hits, five runs and one walk in six innings with two strikeouts -- and actually lowered his ERA three points to 7.73.

Silva went 14-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 2004 and 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 2005, his first two seasons as a starter. This year, he has allowed 99 hits in 64 innings.

Roberts began the game with a double, immediately moved up on Brandon Fahey's sacrifice bunt and scored on Mora's single. Then Tejada sent a 1-1 pitch from Silva sailing high into the seats in left field for his 15th homer and a quick 3-0 Orioles lead.

Silva was satisfied with the way he threw, save for the mistake to Tejada.

"I felt really good," Silva said.

Patience is the key to beating the hard-throwing Cabrera, the AL walks leader who is 4-1 in six career starts against Minnesota. But the Twins consistently wasted chances to chip away at their early deficit, even after loading the bases with none out in the first on two walks and a single.

Ever-eager cleanup hitter Torii Hunter popped out to third on a 1-1 pitch, and Cuddyer ended the inning with a double-play grounder to second. Runners were on in every inning against Cabrera, including a second-and-third situation with one out in the second.

Good defense helped. Tejada made a nifty stop of Hunter's chopper up the middle with two on in the fifth and shoveled the ball in one motion to Roberts at second base. Replays showed the relay throw was late, but umpire Ed Rapuano called Hunter out for a double play.

"He was a little wild, but he'd just bear down when he got guys on base," said Jason Kubel, who had three hits.

Minnesota hit three singles, one by Mauer, against John Halama before Cuddyer's two-out shot in the seventh. Morneau, who is 5-for-8 with seven RBI and three extra-base hits in the series, drove in another run in that inning against LaTroy Hawkins to cut the lead to 8-5.

But a three-run Baltimore seventh against reliever Kyle Lohse proved costly for the Twins, who recalled the right-hander from Triple-A on Friday. He hit Fahey with a pitch and yielded singles to Mora and Tejada before a two-run double by Hernandez gave the Orioles an 8-0 advantage.

Millar hit another RBI double off Lohse to make it 9-5.

Notes

  • Mauer has reached base in every home game except one, a 1-0 loss to the Royals on May 4.
  • The Orioles have executed six of their 14 sacrifice bunts this season over the last two games.
  • Lohse has hit six batters in nine games. His ERA spiked to 9.22. "We learn. We'll get better," he said.
 
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Chris Ray and Ramon Hernandez are all smiles after halting the Twins in the ninth.  (AP)
Chris Ray and Ramon Hernandez are all smiles after halting the Twins in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5121001
Brandon Fahey, LF2100000
Melvin Mora, 3B5231022
Miguel Tejada, SS4223101
Ramon Hernandez, C4122103
Javy Lopez, DH4110101
Corey Patterson, CF3000113
Kevin Millar, 1B5132022
    Jeff Conine, 1B0000000
Nick Markakis, RF5010005
Totals3791494518 
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (, Silva), Ramon Hernandez 2 (, Silva, Lohse), Javy Lopez (, Silva), Kevin Millar (, Silva)
HR - Miguel Tejada (, Silva)
SH - Brandon Fahey 2 (), Corey Patterson ()
RBI - Brian Roberts (), Melvin Mora (), Miguel Tejada 3 (), Ramon Hernandez 2 (), Kevin Millar 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar ()
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar, Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar, B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (W,-) 6500650
John Halama 0.2444011
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1211000
Kurt Birkins (H,) 1000100
Chris Ray 1222100
WP - Daniel Cabrera ()
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 106-57, John Halama 26-15, LaTroy Hawkins 13-8, Kurt Birkins 12-5, Chris Ray 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 5-5, Chris Ray 2-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 26, John Halama 6, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Kurt Birkins 3, Chris Ray 6
Minnesota Twins
Nick Punto, 2B3110202
Jason Kubel, LF5130001
Joe Mauer, DH3220200
Torii Hunter, CF3100207
Michael Cuddyer, RF3124201
Mike Redmond, C5111033
Justin Morneau, 1B4032001
Tony Batista, 3B5010013
Juan Castro, SS4000022
Totals3571378620 
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (, Cabrera), Mike Redmond (, Hawkins), Justin Morneau (, Hawkins)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (, Halama)
SF - Justin Morneau ()
RBI - Michael Cuddyer 4 (), Mike Redmond (), Justin Morneau 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 4 (), Justin Morneau ()
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Morneau-Castro
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,-) 61055121
Kyle Lohse 2.2444330
Willie Eyre 0.1000000
IBB - Tejada by Carlos Silva, Patterson by Kyle Lohse
HBP - Fahey (by Kyle Lohse)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 94-64, Kyle Lohse 64-35, Willie Eyre 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 12-3, Kyle Lohse 1-4
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 28, Kyle Lohse 16, Willie Eyre 1
Game Information
Attendance - 24478
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf