O's get 3 Homers but Fall Short Against Twins

Despite 3 home runs, the Orioles drop their eighth game in a row, 5-3 to the Twins, with struggling relief pitching and quiet bats.

Coming off a disappointing 0-5 road trip, the Orioles came home to lose to the Twins 5-3. Francisco Liriano recorded the win, while Chris Tillman got the loss and Matt Capps, the save.

Minnesota struck first in the bottom of the second. Following back to back singles by Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia, Drew Butera doubled to right field, bringing both around to score.

Tillman had a good outing despite getting no help from the offense during his time on the mound. He worked 6.2 innings without allowing a walk and struck out five. He allowed three runs off six hits. Until an error by Andino in the seventh, Tillman had retired 11 in a row. He gave up two doubles as the only extra base hits he surrendered. He threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

The O's chipped away at the Twins lead in the seventh inning with two solo shots by Adam Jones and Matt Wieters.

Liriano, who came into the game not having an outing longer than six innings or allowing less than four runs, had good movement and velocity that kept the Oriole bat from making much noise. He went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits. Liriano walked five and struck out two.

Clay Rapada relieved Tillman on the day he was recalled. He went 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out three.

Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth. He surrendered a leadoff walk to Young before Cuddyer flied out as Jones saved an extra base hit. Valencia and Butera then singled back to back, bringing in an add-on run. Gregg gave up his second walk of the inning to Casilla to load the bases. A wild pitch by Gregg then allowed the fifth run to come across.

The Twins bullpen went the final 2.2 innings. Mijares and Hoey were scoreless in their time on the mound. Capps came in as the closer, giving up a solo homerun to Luke Scott before finishing the game.

Robert's continued his hitting streak to six games, leading off the game with a single on his 1-4 night. Chris Jakubauskas was put on the 15 day DL for right groin tightness. Justin Duchscherer was moved to the 60 day DL.

Coming off a decent outing during his last start, Jake Arrieta (1-1) will take the mound tomorrow against Carl Pavano (1-1), looking to end the losing streak at eight.

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