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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are mostly out of postseason contention.
Span had three hits and five RBIs, plus two highlight-reel catches in center field to help the Twins stop their five-game losing streak and beat the Baltimore Orioles 19-7 on Monday night.
Revere made two remarkable running grabs himself in right field to go with four hits and three RBIs, Joe Mauer homered and drove in two runs and Justin Morneau had four of Minnesota's 20 hits to stretch his hitting streak to a season-long 14 straight games.
"We've been taking a few beatings lately. It's nice to be on this side of one," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
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Chris Tillman (1-1) gave up seven runs in the first and didn't finish the inning, the shortest appearance by an Orioles starter in almost a year. Six of the runs were unearned, due an untimely two-out error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. He hit a three-run homer off Scott Diamond (8-3), but the Twins starter won his third straight decision thanks to the big early lead - and that pitcher-friendly defense.
"Basically having a center fielder in right field, it's huge for us because it just allows you to force the hitters to put balls in play," Diamond said.
Tillman turned in a stellar start for the Orioles on July 4, surrendering only two hits and two unearned runs over a career-high 8 1/3 innings at Seattle, but this time was just the opposite of that.
Baseball games are rarely determined so early, but a pair of plays in the field in the first inning essentially decided this one.
With two on and no outs, Adam Jones drove what would've been a double or a triple hard down the right-field line, but Revere raced toward the corner and came up with a fully outstretched catch to freeze the runners.
"The ball kind of tailed, kind of got in the sun a little bit, so I squinted my eyes and luckily I saw it," Revere said. "I dove and it landed in my glove."
Then, Matt Wieters bounced into a double play, keeping the Orioles from scoring at all, though manager Buck Showalter tried to downplay the effect of Revere's catch, as impressive as it was.
"I don't think when you give up 19 runs you can hang your hook on one play," Showalter said.
In the bottom of the frame, Revere doubled and scored on Mauer's single. The Twins eventually loaded the bases, but Tillman had two outs and a full count on Ryan Doumit. On the eighth pitch of his at-bat, Doumit hit a chopper to first base that Reynolds awkwardly lunged toward with his backhand. The ball glanced off the edge of his glove, allowing two men to score and paving the way for Span's three-run double that capped the inning.
The Orioles and Twins sure packed a lot into this matchup, including a balk, an infield fly rule call and even a two-run infield single. That came courtesy of Revere, whose grounder up the middle skipped off second base in front of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who couldn't grab it in time to throw Span out at home and keep the Twins from taking a 10-2 lead in the third.
Span made a sprinting, sliding catch of a sinking liner to steal a single from Steve Tolleson in the sixth and sped back to nab J.J. Hardy's drive against the bullpen wall in the seventh. Revere also took an extra-base hit from Hardy with his second long run of the night, in the fifth.
"They can cover some ground out there," Reynolds said.
Span teased Revere, who is four years younger and a fellow first-round draft pick, about trying to one-up him.
"I said, `Hey, you're killing me, man.' Every time I try to make a catch he turns around and dives and flips," Span said.
Revere has been able to make up for a weak arm with elite range in right, where he's beginning to feel comfortable playing.
"It's going to make our team a lot better having me out there with him. We can cover so much ground," Revere said.
|Denard Span collects three hits to go with five RBI, while also making two highlight-reel catches in center field. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.266|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.216|
|Endy Chavez, CF||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.170|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||2||3||0||0||0||2||.293|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.208|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||5||.254|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||4||2||3||4||0||1||2||.213|
|Steve Pearce, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.246|
|Chris Davis, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.262|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.255|
|Steve Tolleson, 2B-SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.207|
|2B - Adam Jones (20, Diamond), Mark Reynolds (14, Diamond), Steve Tolleson (3, Capps)|
|HR - Endy Chavez (2, Capps), Mark Reynolds (8, Diamond)|
|RBI - Endy Chavez 2 (6), Mark Reynolds 4 (27), Wilson Betemit (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 4 (18), Wilson Betemit (12)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Hardy-Tolleson-Reynolds, Tolleson-Reynolds|
|E - Mark Reynolds (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chris Tillman (L,1-1)||0.2||5||7||1||2||1||0||1.00|
|HBP - Dozier (by Jim Johnson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 49-27, Miguel Socolovich 44-24, Kevin Gregg 36-18, Darren O'Day 17-13, Troy Patton 10-9, Jim Johnson 25-12, Matt Lindstrom 6-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 1-1, Miguel Socolovich 2-3, Kevin Gregg 3-1, Darren O'Day 1-2, Troy Patton 3-0, Jim Johnson 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 10, Miguel Socolovich 11, Kevin Gregg 9, Darren O'Day 7, Troy Patton 3, Jim Johnson 6, Matt Lindstrom 2|
|Denard Span, CF||5||2||3||5||1||0||1||.283|
|Ben Revere, RF||6||1||4||3||0||0||1||.319|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||2||2||2||0||2||2||.328|
|a- Drew Butera, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||2||2||0||1||1||1||.271|
|Darin Mastroianni, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||5||3||4||1||0||0||1||.257|
|Trevor Plouffe, 3B||4||3||2||1||1||0||1||.257|
|Ryan Doumit, DH||4||1||0||2||0||0||1||.287|
|Brian Dozier, SS||4||2||1||1||0||0||2||.246|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||3||2||2||2||0||0||.236|
|a-grounded into a double play for Mauer in the 8th|
|2B - Denard Span 2 (22, Tillman, Johnson), Ben Revere (8, Tillman), Justin Morneau 2 (17, Tillman, O'Day), Trevor Plouffe (11, Johnson)|
|HR - Joe Mauer (6, Socolovich)|
|SF - Ryan Doumit (8)|
|RBI - Denard Span 5 (29), Ben Revere 3 (14), Joe Mauer 2 (43), Justin Morneau (40), Trevor Plouffe (37), Ryan Doumit 2 (39), Brian Dozier (25), Jamey Carroll 2 (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Denard Span 3 (12), Ben Revere 2 (8), Brian Dozier (13), Jamey Carroll (12)|
|SB - Ben Revere (19, 2nd base off Gregg/Wieters)|
|CS - Denard Span (5, 2nd base by Gregg/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Plouffe-Carroll-Morneau|
|Scott Diamond (W,8-3)||6||9||5||5||1||3||1||2.96|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 100-67, Anthony Swarzak 30-19, Matt Capps 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 7-7, Anthony Swarzak 1-2, Matt Capps 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 27, Anthony Swarzak 8, Matt Capps 5|
|Attendance - 32455|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 97|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|