Orioles outlast Twins, win 5-4

Baltimore holds on to an early lead to get back-to-back wins.

For the third game in the series, Baltimore hung on to beat the Twins, 5-4. Zach Britton became the third Oriole pitcher to record three wins in April as he got the win and Nick Blackburn was given the loss. Kevin Gregg recorded the save.

Getting his first RBI of the year, Michael Cuddyer gave the Twins the early lead in the second inning with a solo shot. Britton got himself out of trouble after walking Jim Thome and Luke Hughes bunting for a single by inducing a ground out and a fly ball to strand the two runners in scoring position.

Jones put the Orioles up in the bottom of the inning with a double down the right field line that brought in Vladimir Guerrero and Luke Scott, who both singled and moved up on a wild pitch by Blackburn. Matt Wieters made himself six for six with runners in scoring position with a 394 foot two run blast with Jones on base.

They added another run in the third when Guerrero crushed the ball over the left field wall, homering and having a multi-hit game for the second night in a row.

Minnesota two runs back in the top of the sixth inning when Britton surrendered two walks and both came around to score on a single by Valencia.

Britton went six innings, allowing three runs on 88 pitches with 50 being for strikes. He walked and struck out three. Britton retired eight in a row from the end of the third inning until the top of the sixth with four consecutive ground outs coming in the midst. He recorded nine total ground ball outs and four in the air. Tonight, Britton threw 15 of his first 25 pitches for strikes.

Jim Johnson took the mound in relief in the seventh, retiring the side in order. Koji Uehara took over in the eighth, giving up one run and one walk over his one inning of work. Kevin Gregg came on, trying for his second save on the season, as he sat the Twins down in order, ending the game with a great catch by Jones.

Blackburn gave up five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. Glen Perkins relieved him for the final inning, allowing one hit and getting a strike out.

Coming into the game, Nick Markakis was 1 for his last 20 at bats and did not have a hit in the series. He remedied that in the third with a single up the middle, going 2-for-4 on the night. Brian Roberts extended his hit streak to eight games.

In tomorrow's finale, Jeremy Guthrie (1-2) will face Scott Baker (0-2) as the Birds try to win the series.

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