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Baltimore at Minnesota

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Baltimore (52-75) «2001010105110
Minnesota (63-64)000100000161

Orioles 5, Twins 1

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's season-best five-game winning streak ran straight into Jeremy Guthrie and his corner-painting curveball.

The right-hander gave Baltimore the kind of pitching performance the Twins are in such dire need of to stay in the division race.

Guthrie pitched seven easy innings and Felix Pie homered in a 5-1 victory Wednesday night that kept the Twins from gaining ground in the AL Central.

"I haven't seen that curveball all year," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.

Guthrie (9-12) won his second successive start, allowing six hits and one run again after beating Chicago with the same line last week. The White Sox, who lost to Boston, are tied with Minnesota at 4½ games behind first-place Detroit.

"He threw the hell out of the ball. I think we all watched that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

In yet another rebuilding year for the Orioles, who will miss the postseason for the 12th consecutive time, Guthrie hasn't provided as much of the glue for the rotation as he has the previous two summers.

After giving up two earned runs or fewer in 17 of his 30 starts last year, Baltimore's opening day starter has done that only six times in 26 starts in 2009 while the Orioles have sent a rookie to the mound in 73 of their 127 games.

"The ERA isn't where I wanted it to be, but the opportunity is still there to have a nice win total," Guthrie said. "Just keep plugging along, and there's still opportunities to win games."

The Twins still have opportunities, too, but they're dwindling.

After seeing the Tigers lose to the Angels, the Twins whiffed on their chance to move up with another below-average performance by starter Nick Blackburn, who let No. 9 hitter and backup catcher Chad Moeller reach three times on a walk, a single and a double.

Gardenhire insisted Blackburn's night wasn't bad, but he has been a mess since the All-Star break, before which he went 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA. The Twins are 1-7 in his starts in the second half.

"I'm getting tired of it," said Blackburn, who gave up nine hits. "It's very frustrating to come to the field every single time and continue to do this stuff. I'm trying to battle my way out of it, and I'm working just as hard as I was earlier in the season. I'm just trying to fight through it."

The right-hander was one strike from escaping the first inning without harm, but Nolan Reimold hit a sharp grounder to shortstop and Orlando Cabrera's off-balance, one-bounce throw skipped past first baseman Justin Morneau while two runs scored. One was unearned.

Most of the balls hit against Blackburn, who threw 97 pitches and was removed with two outs in the sixth, were hard. That included an RBI double by Moeller, his last batter.

Except for Cabrera's error, which came after a diving stop, Blackburn couldn't complain about the defense behind him.

After Pie's two-out home run in the fourth, a no-doubt drive over the center-field wall, Moeller singled and Brian Roberts hit a hard bouncer that glanced off Blackburn's glove and scooted toward second base.

Alexi Casilla stopped it with a full-out dive, then with an astonishingly quick flick of his wrist managed to shovel the ball to Cabrera to get the force on Moeller by a split-second and secure his place on the nightly highlights. Casilla made a similar play to end the eighth.

Notes

Cabrera was ejected for the first time in five years after banging his bat on the dirt by home plate in the eighth inning, following a strikeout call on an appeal to first. ... CF Adam Jones (sore back) sat out for the third consecutive night, but Trembley said he might be ready to play when the team's back in Baltimore for Thursday's game. ... The Twins were still waiting for an analysis from the doctor who did 3B Joe Crede's last surgery before deciding whether to put him on the DL. Crede's back problem just flared up and has kept him out for the past five days. ... The Orioles finished 64-73 all-time at the Metrodome, with 159 home runs in 137 games. ... The Twins fell to 8-20 against the AL East. ... Moeller forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. He was one of five catchers used by the Twins in 2000, his rookie year. He has played for a total of seven major league teams.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

F. Pie
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5010005 .291
Cesar Izturis, SS5120005 .264
Luke Scott, 1B4110001 .263
    Melvin Mora, 3B1010000 .254
Nick Markakis, RF5000002 .305
Nolan Reimold, LF4111102 .276
Michael Aubrey, DH4010012 .375
Ty Wigginton, 3B-1B4010000 .259
Felix Pie, CF2211200 .257
Chad Moeller, C2022200 .227
Totals36511451  
Batting
2B - Chad Moeller (6, Blackburn)
HR - Felix Pie (5, Blackburn)
RBI - Nolan Reimold (39), Felix Pie (18), Chad Moeller 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Nolan Reimold (11), Felix Pie (11), Chad Moeller (3)
SB - Cesar Izturis (11, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer)
PK - Michael Aubrey (1, Blackburn)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Izturis-Wigginton
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (W,9-12) 7611050 5.26
Danys Baez 1000110 3.94
Jim Johnson 1000010 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 112-72, Danys Baez 12-8, Jim Johnson 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 11-5, Danys Baez 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Danys Baez 3, Jim Johnson 3
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF-RF3010100 .306
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000011 .279
    Carlos Gomez, CF0000000 .242
Joe Mauer, C4120002 .373
Justin Morneau, 1B4011022 .295
Jason Kubel, DH4000011 .300
Michael Cuddyer, RF-2B4010001 .274
Delmon Young, LF3010000 .266
Nick Punto, 3B2000020 .209
   a- Brendan Harris, PH-3B1000002 .262
Alexi Casilla, 2B-SS3000012 .206
Totals3216117  
a-popped out for Punto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (29, Guthrie)
RBI - Justin Morneau (96)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Casilla-Cuddyer-Morneau
E - Orlando Cabrera (19, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Nick Blackburn (L,8-9) 5.2943201 4.29
Jeff Manship 1.2111110 5.14
Matt Guerrier 0.2000200 2.34
Philip Humber 1100000 8.00
IBB - Pie by Matt Guerrier
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 97-64, Jeff Manship 26-14, Matt Guerrier 17-5, Philip Humber 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 8-8, Jeff Manship 2-2, Matt Guerrier 2-0, Philip Humber 1-1
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 27, Jeff Manship 7, Matt Guerrier 4, Philip Humber 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28446
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling