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O's hit five solo shots (Markakis three) in win over Twins

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BALTIMORE -- Nick Markakis had just hit his third home run, and the crowd at Camden Yards stood in appreciation, demanding a curtain call.

Markakis was in the process of putting his helmet in the rack when hitting coach Terry Crowley shoved the rookie toward the top of the dugout stairs. Markakis waved his helmet to the fans, who yelled even louder before sitting down in anticipation of his next at-bat.

There would be no fourth home run, but Markakis did more than enough to carry the Baltimore Orioles past the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Tuesday night.

Markakis homered in the first, third and fifth innings off Carlos Silva (8-11). Seeking to become the 16th player in major league history to hit four in a game, he hit a short fly ball to left in the sixth against Willie Eyre.

"I was thinking the same thing as the other at-bats, like Terry Crowley tells me to do all the time, to just put a good swing on the ball," Markakis said. "I was just sitting on a fastball. I hit it pretty good; I just got under it a little bit."

Markakis was left standing in the on-deck circle at the conclusion of the Baltimore eighth, but expressed no disappointment.

"Not at all. We came on out on top, we played great as a team. What else could you ask for?" he said.

It was the first multihomer game for Markakis, who became the 18th Oriole to hit three in a game -- the first since Albert Belle in July 1999. Since moving to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Markakis has six homers in six games.

"I wonder why I didn't put him in the 2-hole sooner," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Markakis now has 11 home runs this year, and his 3-for-4 performance raised his batting average to .306.

"I don't know if he's the guy who ran for president -- Dukakis? -- but he killed us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He probably could win some votes for president right now. Three home runs. We talked about changing out strategy for the third at-bat and he hit another homer. We couldn't get him out."

Brian Roberts and Corey Patterson also connected off Silva, who allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has yielded 30 homers this season.

Adam Loewen (4-4) gave up singles to four of the first six batters, then got 21 straight outs before being removed after eight innings and 108 pitches. The rookie left-hander struck out seven and walked none.

"The young man pitched fantastic. He was filthy," Gardenhire said. "We had a very hard time with him. I think that was pretty much the story: Their pitcher went out there and (had) pretty much one of the better performances we've seen against us."

After going winless in his first nine appearances, Loewen has won four of his last six starts. The eight innings was the longest of his brief career.

"I was just feeling confident in all my pitches today," he said. "Early on I didn't have that fastball command, then I made a couple adjustments so where I could put the ball where I wanted."

Minnesota got a pair of runs in the ninth off LaTroy Hawkins, and Chris Ray got the final out for his 29th save in 31 chances.

The loss ruined Minnesota's bid to gain ground in the wild-card race. The Twins started the day a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox and four games ahead of Boston.

Baltimore used a three-run third to take a 4-1 lead. Roberts led off with his seventh homer, and two pitches later Markakis homered to right. One out later, Miguel Tejada singled and Jay Gibbons followed with an RBI double.

Markakis homered to right-center in the fifth on a 2-0 pitch against Silva, who ran out of options in his bid to get the rookie out.

"How much did I know about him? The only thing I know is he knows how to hit home runs," Silva said.

Patterson connected in the sixth to make it 6-1.

Markakis gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead by hitting Silva's second pitch over the center-field wall, an estimated 430 feet from the plate.

In the second inning, Minnesota's Justin Morneau singled, stole second and scored on a grounder by Lew Ford. That was the extent of the Twins' success against Loewen, who never before had an appearance in which he didn't issue at least one walk.


  • Roberts has hit in 11 straight games.
  • Markakis joined Eddie Murray and Bobby Grich as Orioles who have hit three homers in a game vs Minnesota.
  • The Twins' Torii Hunter got his career 1,000 hit in the second inning.
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Nick Markakis -- six homers in six games -- gets some love from O's teammates after his third shot.  (AP)
Nick Markakis -- six homers in six games -- gets some love from O's teammates after his third shot. (AP)

Players of the Game

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3

A. Loewen
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 7

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Nick Punto, 3B3100101 .313
Joe Mauer, C4121010 .359
Michael Cuddyer, RF4001011 .265
Justin Morneau, 1B3110100 .318
Torii Hunter, CF4010031 .270
Lew Ford, DH3001000 .228
Jason Tyner, LF3000021 .316
Jason Bartlett, SS3000011 .345
3B - Joe Mauer (4, Hawkins)
RBI - Joe Mauer (69), Michael Cuddyer (80), Lew Ford (15)
SB - Justin Morneau (2, 2nd base off Loewen/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 3
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Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,8-11) 5.11066205 6.45
Willie Eyre 2.2100110 5.77
HBP - Patterson (by Willie Eyre)
WP - Willie Eyre (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 89-59, Willie Eyre 37-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-4, Willie Eyre 3-4
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 26, Willie Eyre 11
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5111002 .297
Nick Markakis, RF4333001 .306
Melvin Mora, 3B4010000 .281
Miguel Tejada, SS4120001 .331
Jay Gibbons, DH3021101 .280
Jeff Conine, LF-1B4000005 .268
Corey Patterson, CF3111001 .274
Kevin Millar, 1B3010101 .239
    Brandon Fahey, LF0000000 .267
Ramon Hernandez, C3000112 .261
2B - Jay Gibbons (16, Silva)
HR - Brian Roberts (7, Silva), Nick Markakis 3 (11, Silva, Silva, Silva), Corey Patterson (13, Silva)
RBI - Brian Roberts (47), Nick Markakis 3 (47), Jay Gibbons (37), Corey Patterson (47)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen (W,4-4) 8411070 5.57
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2122200 4.92
Chris Ray (S,29) 0.1000010 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 108-72, LaTroy Hawkins 20-11, Chris Ray 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 27, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Chris Ray 1
Game Information
Attendance - 19756
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Sam Holbrook