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Orioles 11, Twins 0

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BALTIMORE -- As the losses continued to mount, the Baltimore Orioles kept believing the next night would be the one in which they broke out of their miserable skid.

When it finally happened, the fashion in which the Orioles ended their eight-game losing streak was nothing short of spectacular.

Matt Wieters had four RBI, Vladimir Guerrero homered, and Baltimore scored all its runs with two outs in an 11-0 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

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Jake Arrieta (2-1) pitched six innings of four-hit ball for the Orioles, who built an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning and coasted to their first win in 10 days after a 6-1 start. The 11 runs and 13 hits were season highs.

"You go through things like this with real good clubs and with bad clubs," manager Buck Showalter said of the losing streak. "This one had a different feel to it for me, and I still feel that way. There was a real confident [mentality]. The frustration was due to knowing they were capable of doing better."

Twins starter Carl Pavano (1-2) gave up seven earned runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed only one run in his previous 16 innings.

"It was just one of those days. My ball seemed pretty flat. It didn't have much movement," Pavano said. "It was a battle all night. I didn't have great stuff coming out of the pen and never got into any rhythm."

And the Orioles knew it.

"We know what Pavano's got -- he's a pitcher that pitches," said Adam Jones, who had two hits and scored twice. "We just got him out of his rhythm and were able to scrape away some runs with two outs. That's big."

As the hip-hop music blared in the clubhouse, Jones and the Orioles looked ahead to better times.

"We've got a winning streak of one right now," he said. "When was that eight-game losing streak? It's out of my mind."

Wieters delivered an RBI single in the third inning, a three-run double in the fifth and scored a career-high three runs.

Guerrero's second homer of the season, an opposite-field shot to right, came with two on in the eighth inning on a 3-1 pitch from struggling reliever Joe Nathan.

Arrieta walked three, struck out four and lowered his ERA from 7.04 to 5.06. It was the second time in 22 career starts that he did not allow a run.

"I struggled tonight with some things but made some pitches in big situations and was able to get out of some jams," he said.

The right-hander was facing a last-place Minnesota team that ranked 30th in the majors in runs. The loss ended the Twins' first winning streak of the season at two.

Minnesota was without Delmon Young and Justin Morneau, both of whom have been experiencing flulike symptoms. Morneau has sat out three straight games and Young, who also has a sore rib cage, missed his first game of the year.

Plus, Joe Mauer is on the disabled list, which left manager Ron Gardenhire with very few options.

"Right now, the challenge is getting my lineup out there, to get my guys back on the field," Gardenhire said. "We've got a few too many holes out there. We need our boys to get back on the field. Whether we're going to be able to do that [Wednesday], I'm not positive."

Baltimore scored three runs in the second after Pavano got two quick outs. Jones started the uprising with an infield hit, Mark Reynolds walked on four pitches and Wieters delivered an RBI single. Then, after Robert Andino walked to load the bases, Brian Roberts bounced a two-run single up the middle.

The Orioles struck again in the fourth after Pavano retired the first two batters. Wieters was hit by a pitch and Andino singled before Roberts doubled in a run for a 4-0 lead.

Baltimore pulled away with a four-run fifth. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, Wieters worked the count full before hitting a double off the right-field scoreboard. After Pavano was pulled, Wieters scored on a throwing error by shortstop Alexi Casilla.

Notes

Wieters is 5 for 5 with eight RBI this season with runners in scoring position. ... Young's absence means Danny Valencia and Jason Kubel are the only Twins to play in every game. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis went 0 for 4 and has only one hit in his last 20 at-bats. ... Andino had three hits for his third straight multihit game.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Wieters
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Baltimore

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF3010100 .313
Matt Tolbert, 2B3010012 .214
Jason Kubel, LF4010003 .311
Jim Thome, DH2000111 .171
   a- Jason Repko, PH-DH1000012 .286
Michael Cuddyer, RF3020100 .250
Danny Valencia, 3B4000016 .220
Luke Hughes, 1B4010022 .190
Drew Butera, C4000011 .174
Alexi Casilla, SS3000100 .128
Totals3106047  
a-struck out for Thome in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (5, Berken), Luke Hughes (1, Arrieta)
SH - Matt Tolbert (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Casilla-Tolbert-Hughes
E - Alexi Casilla (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carl Pavano (L,1-2) 4.2887330 5.47
Dusty Hughes 0.1100000 7.50
Eric Hacker 2200000 0.00
Joe Nathan 1233101 11.37
HBP - Wieters (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 99-60, Dusty Hughes 12-9, Eric Hacker 31-18, Joe Nathan 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 4-7, Eric Hacker 4-1, Joe Nathan 1-2
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 26, Dusty Hughes 2, Eric Hacker 7, Joe Nathan 6
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5023002 .275
    Cesar Izturis, SS0000000 .235
Nick Markakis, RF4100104 .197
Derrek Lee, 1B5120002 .220
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5223011 .254
Luke Scott, LF4000013 .200
    Felix Pie, LF1000000 .278
Adam Jones, CF3220100 .232
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100114 .212
Matt Wieters, C3324000 .239
Robert Andino, SS-2B3130100 .368
Totals3611131043  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (3, Pavano), Matt Wieters (3, Pavano)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (2, Nathan)
RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (14), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (7), Matt Wieters 4 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (3), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (5), Matt Wieters 4 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Lee
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Arrieta (W,2-1) 6400340 5.06
Jason Berken 2200120 1.08
Josh Rupe 1000010 5.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 108-66, Jason Berken 34-23, Josh Rupe 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 6-7, Jason Berken 1-3, Josh Rupe 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 24, Jason Berken 9, Josh Rupe 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12045
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chris Guccione