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Minnesota at Baltimore

W: M. Gonzalez (7-7) L: T. May (0-4)
HR: MIN - T. Plouffe (11)   BAL - C. Davis (24),D. Young (7)

Davis slam carries Orioles past Twins 9-1

AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis hit his fourth career grand slam and the Baltimore Orioles got a dominating pitching performance from Miguel Gonzalez in a 9-1 victory over the skidding Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Delmon Young also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles, who built an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning against rookie Trevor May (0-4).

Baltimore's fourth win in five games was marred by an injury to first baseman Steve Pearce, who left with a right abdominal strain. The severity of the injury was not immediately apparent, but a prolonged absence would be a blow to a team that's already lost third baseman Manny Machado for the season.

It was the fifth loss in six games for the Twins. Their lone bright spot was a home run by Trevor Plouffe, the 10,000th in franchise history. The Twins contributed 7,214 of those homers after the Washington Senators hit 2,786 from 1901-1960.

Gonzalez (7-7) allowed one runs and four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking one. With the exception of Plouffe, he permitted only one runner to get past first base.

Making his fifth career start, May retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before losing control in the fourth inning. The right-hander gave up a single and hit two batters with pitches before walking J.J. Hardy to force in a run. Davis then drove a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats, the first homer allowed by May in his brief career.

Although Davis is batting .189, he has 24 of Baltimore's major-league leading 172 home runs. He also ranks third on the team with 67 RBIs and has played solidly at third base in place of Machado.

In the fifth, Young hit a two-run drive that glanced off the glove of left fielder Jordan Schafer into the glove of a fan in the front row of the seats.

That ended May's night. He finished with eight strikeouts, more than he had in his first five big league appearances combined.


Twins: The Twins ended their run of six straight games without a home run.

Orioles: Pearce's career-high 11-game hitting streak ended. He grounded out in his only at-bat before leaving the game.


Twins: Kyle Gibson (11-10) makes his 36th career start, first against the Orioles, on Saturday night. In his last outing, the right-hander yielded five runs in 4 2-3 innings against Detroit.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (11-5) starts for Baltimore. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.06 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.


Pearce drifted near the stands in pursuit of a foul pop by Plouffe in the second inning. He leaned into the front row, leaped to make the catch and ended up taking a seat on the concrete border.

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Players of the Game

C. Davis
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

T. Plouffe
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana, CF4000012.313.350.467
Brian Dozier, 2B4010010.240.344.418
Joe Mauer, DH3000011.271.350.370
   a-Chris Parmelee, PH-DH1000010.244.298.369
Kennys Vargas, 1B4010001.310.339.478
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4000041.225.296.439
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3111000.249.316.420
Eduardo Escobar, SS3000000.275.318.402
Eric Fryer, C2000100.210.279.290
Jordan Schafer, LF3010010.238.325.313
Trevor May, P0000000.000.000.000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Mauer in the 9th
HR - Trevor Plouffe (11, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Trevor Plouffe (66)
Team LOB - 4
Minnesota Twins
Trevor May (L,0-4) 4.2688182 10.42
Samuel Deduno 2.1111250 4.60
Caleb Thielbar 1000000 3.30
WP - Samuel Deduno (8)
HBP - Jones (by Trevor May)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor May 84-51, Samuel Deduno 44-26, Caleb Thielbar 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor May 2-4, Samuel Deduno 2-0, Caleb Thielbar 1-2
Batters Faced - Trevor May 23, Samuel Deduno 10, Caleb Thielbar 3
Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF4110011.281.343.396
Steve Pearce, 1B1000000.289.354.532
   Jimmy Paredes, 3B2110101.250.308.250
Adam Jones, CF3211012.288.318.474
Nelson Cruz, DH3100021.255.323.507
Delmon Young, LF4112023.299.338.456
   David Lough, LF0000000.213.284.319
J.J. Hardy, SS3111120.283.318.391
   Ryan Flaherty, SS0000000.195.261.305
Chris Davis, 3B-1B3214111.189.292.400
Caleb Joseph, C4000021.225.284.398
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4011020.218.251.357
Miguel Gonzalez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Nick Markakis (26, May), Jonathan Schoop (17, Deduno)
HR - Delmon Young (7, May), Chris Davis (24, May)
RBI - Adam Jones (79), Delmon Young 2 (25), J.J. Hardy (46), Chris Davis 4 (67), Jonathan Schoop (38)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young 2 (9)
Team LOB - 3
Baltimore Orioles
Miguel Gonzalez (W,7-7) 7411161 3.61
Brian Matusz 2000030 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 103-69, Brian Matusz 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 6-9, Brian Matusz 1-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 26, Brian Matusz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 27464
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mark Wegner