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Davis, Jones, Pearce homer as Orioles blank Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wei-Yin Chen was on his way to pitching another strong game Sunday, then he felt some pain.

His Baltimore teammates made sure the abbreviated effort did not go to waste.

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Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Steve Pearce homered and the Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-0.

Chen pitched five strong innings before leaving with a right oblique strain, and the Orioles won for the sixth time in eight games.

"In the fifth inning after the last batter, after two strikes, I just had a weird feeling and I just tried to be strong and finish out the inning," Chen said through a translator.

Chen (3-3) was breezing through the Twins lineup, allowing no runs and five hits while striking out three in five innings. He has allowed no more than three runs in seven of his eight starts this year.

Manager Buck Showalter indicated the left-hander would be re-evaluated Monday.

"It could be a cramp, it could be something else. We'll take a look and see where we're at," he said. "I'm going to think good things."

Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day, Brian Matusz and Pedro Strop combined for four innings of three-hit relief for Baltimore.

"We've been swinging the bats well the last few days, and it feels good to win a game by a pretty good margin," Davis said. "It takes a little bit of pressure off the bullpen and really lets us enjoy the win."

Looking for his fifth straight quality start, Scott Diamond (3-3) struggled all day. In 5 2/3 innings, he allowed nine hits and tied a career high by giving up six earned runs. He walked three after allowing that many free passes in his previous five starts combined.

"I definitely left a lot of balls up in the zone today and paid for it," he said. "I was struggling to get a grip on the ball a little bit and it seemed like I was pushing a lot of pitches rather than trying to stay on top of them. I tried to make an adjustment as the game went on and really just continued to struggle."

Nick Markakis and Manny Machado began the game with singles. After Jones grounded into a double play, Davis unloaded a 442-foot shot to straightaway center field. His 11th homer made it 2-0.

Chris Snyder had an RBI single in the second, but ended the inning when he was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a double by Markakis.

Markakis went 2 for 4 and is hitting .519 (27 for 52) against Minnesota since the start of last season. It is the highest average by any major league hitter with at least 40 plate appearances against any opponent in that span.

Markakis also had an outfield assist in the second, throwing out Justin Morneau, who tried to stretch a single into right into a double.

Jones lined a solo home run to left in the third, with the ball ricocheting off a railing just over the wall and up into the second deck.

"Right away [catcher Matt] Wieters wanted to know if he gets credit for where it landed, up top or down below," Showalter said.

Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but could only push across one run -- on Davis' groundout -- to make it 5-0.

Pearce hit a solo homer in the sixth.

"Scotty was basically up, couldn't get the ball down. They jumped him early in the count and never let him get into any kind of pattern, and every time he got one up they seemed to make him pay for it," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Four times in the first five innings, Minnesota's leadoff man singled, but the Twins failed to score. Brian Dozier was caught stealing, Morneau was thrown out by Markakis, Joe Mauer was stranded at first and Trevor Plouffe stuck at second.

"It's just one of those games. It happens. Through a 162-game season, you're going to have one of those games where you don't get runners on board and you don't score them," Plouffe said.

Notes

  • Minnesota was shut out for the second time this season.
  • Baltimore recalled LHP Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk as a corresponding roster move for optioning RHP Steve Johnson to the Tides after Saturday night's game.
  • The Twins have allowed 37 first-inning runs, more than double any other inning total.
  • Twins SS Pedro Florimon missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring.
  • Minnesota's Pedro Hernandez (1-0) is scheduled to face Chicago's Hector Santiago (1-1) when the Twins and White Sox start a three-game series Monday in Minnesota.
  • Baltimore's Chris Tillman (3-1) is scheduled to get the ball Tuesday when the Orioles welcome San Diego to Camden Yards. Andrew Cashner (2-2) is the Padres' scheduled starter.
 
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Chris Davis delivers one of the Orioles' three home runs in their victory in Minnesota.  (Getty Images)
Chris Davis delivers one of the Orioles' three home runs in their victory in Minnesota. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4220102 .288
Manny Machado, 3B5030000 .331
Adam Jones, CF4111112 .321
Chris Davis, 1B4113011 .313
Matt Wieters, DH4000003 .240
Steve Pearce, LF3111000 .243
    Nate McLouth, LF1000000 .286
J.J. Hardy, SS4120000 .224
Alexi Casilla, 2B4000000 .209
Chris Snyder, C3011101 .143
Totals36611632  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (7, Diamond), Manny Machado (14, Diamond)
HR - Adam Jones (5, Diamond), Chris Davis (11, Diamond), Steve Pearce (2, Diamond)
RBI - Adam Jones (25), Chris Davis 3 (37), Steve Pearce (6), Chris Snyder (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 2 (11), Chris Snyder (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Snyder-Hardy
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,3-3) 5500030 3.04
Tommy Hunter 1100010 1.40
Darren O'Day 1.1200110 1.47
Brian Matusz 0.2000010 3.00
Pedro Strop 1000020 4.50
HBP - Morneau (by Tommy Hunter)
WP - Wei-Yin Chen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 73-50, Tommy Hunter 23-15, Darren O'Day 26-19, Brian Matusz 6-6, Pedro Strop 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 4-6, Darren O'Day 2-1, Brian Matusz 1-0
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 18, Tommy Hunter 5, Darren O'Day 7, Brian Matusz 2, Pedro Strop 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4010011 .226
Joe Mauer, DH3020110 .341
Josh Willingham, LF4010012 .210
Justin Morneau, 1B3010023 .285
Ryan Doumit, C4000005 .214
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4010020 .239
Chris Parmelee, RF4010000 .214
Wilkin Ramirez, CF4010012 .286
Eduardo Escobar, SS3000003 .302
Totals3308018  
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (15, Hunter), Chris Parmelee (3, O'Day)
CS - Brian Dozier (2, 2nd base by Chen/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Parmelee 1
DP - Plouffe-Dozier-Morneau
E - Eduardo Escobar (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Diamond (L,3-3) 5.2966303 4.08
Anthony Swarzak 2.1200020 3.22
Ryan Pressly 1000000 1.62
IBB - Jones by Scott Diamond
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 100-62, Anthony Swarzak 38-27, Ryan Pressly 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 8-7, Anthony Swarzak 4-1, Ryan Pressly 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 27, Anthony Swarzak 9, Ryan Pressly 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34320
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling