Slegers, Twins rebound from rough road trip to top O's 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Aaron Slegers and Jake Cave have been called up from Triple-A by the Minnesota Twins three times apiece this season, and the All-Star break is still more than one week away.

Their contributions to this struggling team on Thursday night were sure worthy of a longer stay.

Slegers picked up his first major league win with six smooth innings, Cave reached base all four times he batted, and the Twins stopped their six-game losing streak by hanging on for a 5-2 victory over the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

''I know that I think, and I know Slegers thinks the same thing, that we can play big league baseball,'' Cave said. ''We're ready to go anytime the team needs us, and that's just kind of how you've got to think of it.''

Logan Morrison homered and Cave drove in an eighth-inning insurance run with one of his two doubles for the Twins, who turned to Fernando Rodney in the ninth for his 18th save following two consecutive blown chances. Slegers (1-0) gave up only one run, on the first of two homers by Jonathan Schoop.

''It's fun to have that in the stat column, to be a major league winner,'' Slegers said. ''I can say that for the rest of my life.''

With eight right-handers in the Orioles lineup, except for Chris Davis, Slegers put his sinker to good use against the second-lowest scoring team in MLB. The Orioles managed just three hits against the 6-foot-10 Slegers, who was the latest to fill the recently revolving fifth spot in the rotation. Manager Paul Molitor stopped short of a commitment, but he indicated Slegers earned another turn after needing only 72 pitches to complete those six innings in his first major league start this season.

''Sometimes you make tough decisions to protect those young guys when they've had good outings and make sure they feel good when they come out of the game,'' Molitor said.

The Orioles squandered another quality start by Andrew Cashner (2-9) and lost for the 10th time in 11 games. They have the worst record in the major leagues at 24-62, just the team the Twins needed to face to start a season-long 11-game homestand after a pivotal 1-8 road trip.

Trailing AL Central-leading Cleveland by 11 1/2 games, Minnesota has become a probable seller before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 with several accomplished players on expiring contracts. Baltimore has essentially been in that boat since April, with slugging shortstop Manny Machado widely considered the best asset on the market this summer.

CASHED OUT

Cashner, one of the offseason acquisitions by the Orioles that suggested their commitment to contending in the daunting AL East, has had more than three runs scored for him in only one of his 17 starts this year. He gave up three runs, two earned, and six hits.

''It's not like we didn't want to score for him,'' Schoop said. ''I hope things start changing.''

Orioles starters have received the least amount of run support in the major leagues this season.

''I probably had the worst stuff I've had this season, but I thought I just grinded throughout the game,'' Cashner said. ''When you're not scoring runs, I feel like I keep my mind sharp on what I want to do out there and thinking pitch to pitch.''

WHOOPS

Cashner was charged with an error in the third, when he was covering first base on a chopper hit by Bobby Wilson to Davis and fumbled the relay toss to let Cave score from second. Wilson eventually scored on a single by Eddie Rosario.

WHIFFS

Rodney struck out Davis to start a perfect ninth, pushing the sputtering slugger into a first-place tie on the Orioles list for strikeouts with 1,305. He is tied with Cal Ripken Jr., who played 3,001 games for Baltimore. Davis has appeared in 972 contests.

MAN, CAVE

Cave, who was recalled from Rochester last week, made a fully extended catch at the wall in right-center to take a potential extra-base hit away from Davis in the fourth inning. Cave doubled twice, driving in one run, to go with a single and an intentional walk.

''He can really flash it out there,'' Slegers said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day (strained left hamstring) has been scheduled for his season-ending surgery on July 12. He'll need six months to recover.

DOZIER'S DAY

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who has started 80 of 84 games and appeared in all but one this season, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He's batting .218.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-7, 3.75 ERA) will come off the DL to start Friday night. Bundy has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (5-7, 5.49 ERA) will take the mound in the second game of the series, coming off his worst turn of the season. He gave up seven runs in Chicago to the Cubs in just 1 2/3 innings.

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  • W: A. Slegers (1-0)L: A. Cashner (2-9)S: F. Rodney (18)
  • HR: BAL - J. Schoop 2 (10), MIN - L. Morrison (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Jones CF30100100.287.314.438.7513.0
M. Machado SS30100102.308.378.561.9393.0
M. Trumbo DH40000023.256.313.477.790-1.0
C. Davis 1B40000010.152.225.257.482-0.5
D. Valencia RF40000000.267.329.444.7720.0
J. Schoop 2B42222010.207.249.375.62511.5
T. Mancini LF20100000.229.300.376.6762.0
C. Joseph C20000002.173.195.300.4950.0
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  • a-grounded out for Joseph in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH40000011.254.350.346.697-0.5
E. Rosario LF40110010.307.348.551.9001.5
B. Dozier 2B40000031.218.304.390.694-1.5
E. Escobar 3B40000001.274.331.524.8560.0
L. Morrison 1B42211010.194.293.364.6587.5
J. Polanco SS30100100.286.375.429.8043.0
M. Kepler RF41210001.223.307.387.6935.0
J. Cave CF31310100.265.308.531.8388.0
B. Wilson C41000015.114.191.203.3940.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Jones (21), M. Machado (18)
    • HR - J. Schoop 2 (10)
    • RBI - J. Schoop 2 (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (2), M. Kepler (19), J. Cave 2 (4)
    • HR - L. Morrison (10)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (53), L. Morrison (30), M. Kepler (30), J. Cave (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (14), J. Cave (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Cashner
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Dozier-Polanco-Morrison)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner (L, 2-9)6.06322314.391.567.5
    T. Scott1.00000306.041.524.5
    B. Brach1.03220104.051.71-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner (L, 2-9)6.0
    T. Scott1.0
    B. Brach1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Slegers (W, 1-0)6.03111212.380.9724.0
    A. Reed (H, 10)1.01110014.281.401.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 12)1.01001203.001.102.0
    F. Rodney (S, 18)1.00000203.071.2311.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Slegers (W, 1-0)6.0
    A. Reed (H, 10)1.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 12)1.0
    F. Rodney (S, 18)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Cashner (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 107-74, T. Scott 10-9, B. Brach 22-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-9, B. Brach 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, T. Scott 3, B. Brach 6
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Hildenberger (6)
    • HBP - A. Slegers
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Slegers 72-47, A. Reed 20-14, T. Hildenberger 16-12, F. Rodney 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Slegers 8-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Slegers 22, A. Reed 4, T. Hildenberger 5, F. Rodney 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham 3B40000022.210.264.277.541-1.0
    A. Jones CF30100100.287.314.438.7513.0
    M. Machado SS30100102.308.378.561.9393.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000023.256.313.477.790-1.0
    C. Davis 1B40000010.152.225.257.482-0.5
    D. Valencia RF40000000.267.329.444.7720.0
    J. Schoop 2B42222010.207.249.375.62511.5
    T. Mancini LF20100000.229.300.376.6762.0
    C. Joseph C20000002.173.195.300.4950.0
    a- C. Sisco PH-C10000000.203.321.304.6250.0
    Total312522269-----
    • a-grounded out for Joseph in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40000011.254.350.346.697-0.5
    E. Rosario LF40110010.307.348.551.9001.5
    B. Dozier 2B40000031.218.304.390.694-1.5
    E. Escobar 3B40000001.274.331.524.8560.0
    L. Morrison 1B42211010.194.293.364.6587.5
    J. Polanco SS30100100.286.375.429.8043.0
    M. Kepler RF41210001.223.307.387.6935.0
    J. Cave CF31310100.265.308.531.8388.0
    B. Wilson C41000015.114.191.203.3940.5
    Total345941279-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jones (21), M. Machado (18)
      • HR - J. Schoop 2 (10)
      • RBI - J. Schoop 2 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (2), M. Kepler (19), J. Cave 2 (4)
      • HR - L. Morrison (10)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (53), L. Morrison (30), M. Kepler (30), J. Cave (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (14), J. Cave (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Cashner
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Polanco-Morrison)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 2-9)6.06322314.391.567.5
      T. Scott1.00000306.041.524.5
      B. Brach1.03220104.051.71-1.5
      Total8.0954271---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 2-9)6.0
      T. Scott1.0
      B. Brach1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Slegers (W, 1-0)6.03111212.380.9724.0
      A. Reed (H, 10)1.01110014.281.401.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 12)1.01001203.001.102.0
      F. Rodney (S, 18)1.00000203.071.2311.0
      Total9.0522262---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Slegers (W, 1-0)6.0
      A. Reed (H, 10)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 12)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 18)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Cashner (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 107-74, T. Scott 10-9, B. Brach 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-9, B. Brach 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, T. Scott 3, B. Brach 6
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Hildenberger (6)
      • HBP - A. Slegers
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Slegers 72-47, A. Reed 20-14, T. Hildenberger 16-12, F. Rodney 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Slegers 8-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Slegers 22, A. Reed 4, T. Hildenberger 5, F. Rodney 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Cave doubled to deep center, Kepler scored25
        Kepler singled to right, Morrison scored24
      • 7TH INNING
        Schoop homered to center23
      • 5TH INNING
        Schoop homered to left13
      • 4TH INNING
        Morrison homered to left center03
      • 3RD INNING
        Rosario singled to left, Wilson scored02
        Wilson safe at first on Cashner fielding error, Cave scored, Wilson to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia grounded out to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Addison Reed
        • Chance Sisco hit for Caleb Joseph
        • C. Sisco: Sisco grounded out to second
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Jones doubled to deep left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado intentionally walked
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Brach relieved Tanner Scott
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to catcher, Morrison to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler singled to right, Morrison scored
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave doubled to deep center, Kepler scored
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Wilson struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Addison Reed relieved Aaron Slegers
        • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Davis lined out to first
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Valencia popped out to second
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Schoop homered to center
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tanner Scott relieved Andrew Cashner
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to second
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar flied out to deep right
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Morrison struck out on foul tip
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • M. Kepler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kepler doubled to deep left, Polanco to third
        • J. Cave: Cave intentionally walked
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilson grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop homered to left
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mancini singled to deep left
        • C. Joseph: Joseph flied out to center
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mancini out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep center
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison homered to left center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler lined out to center
        • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Cave singled to left center
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Wilson lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini hit by pitch
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph lined out to right
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked, Mancini to second
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Cave doubled to left center
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Wilson safe at first on Cashner fielding error, Cave scored, Wilson to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario singled to left, Wilson scored
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep left
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia lined out to second
        • J. Schoop: Schoop flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to right
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep right center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beckham grounded out to third
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Machado: Ball, Machado doubled to deep right center
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Trumbo lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)