Jeffers HR carries striped twins past Orioles 7-2 – WCCO

BALTIMORE (AP) – Ryan Jeffers hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the rising Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Tuesday-evening for their fourth straight win.

The Twins won 12 out of 13 to move six games over .500 (15-9) and into first place in the AL Central, which has no other team with a winning record.

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Minnesota has outperformed the opponent 63-25 in its 13-game run, including 25-7 on its current four-game win streak.

Good percussion and solid pitching played a role. So is the confidence and balance of the team.

“You can definitely see it, and you see it everywhere you look,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “You expect someone to come by and get the job done.”

Jeffers was that person this evening, right after the Orioles tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Gary Sanchez hit an one-out double off of Joey Krehbiel (1-3), Trevor Larnich walked and Jeffers followed with a drive over the wall of midfield. He has hit three home runs this season, all in his last seven games.

“Run in a few runs in one move,” said Baldelli, “which is always nice to see with Ryan.”

Minnesota pulled away with a two-run ninth with an RBI double by Byron Buxton.

Twins starter Joe Ryan gave up two runs, six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.

“I didn’t have my best stuff, not my sharpest stuff,” Ryan acknowledged.

Ryan Jeffers and Tommy Watkins (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The righthander was followed by Caleb Thielbar (1-0), the first of three Minnesota relievers.

Trey Mancini had two hits and an RBI for last place Orioles, who dropped seven of nine. Bruce Zimmermann worked five innings for Baltimore and gave up two runs and four hits.

“I definitely didn’t have the command I’ve had at the start so far this year,” said Zimmermann. “I thought I was pretty sharp in the first three and then it kind of got off me in the fourth and fifth.”

Minnesota led 1-0 in the fourth inning when Zimmermann walked with two outs and José Miranda followed with a double to the middle, his first Major League-hit and RBI.

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A cousin of “Hamilton” maker Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miranda is a 23-year-old infielder and the team’s 2021 Minor League Player of the Year. He was 0 for 4 on his debut Monday.

Ryan went into the bottom half with a chance to extend his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 21, a Twins-record for a rookie starter. But Austin Hays led off with an infield hit, moved to third base on a double by Rougned Odor and scored when shortstop Carlos Correa grounded out.

Jorge Polanco hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth and Trey Mancini did the same in the Orioles’ half.

But Baltimore had only seven hits and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

“We need to make more contact as a club,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We just don’t take enough good at bats to win games against good clubs and good pitching staff.”


Correa made a fine over-the-shoulder catch and had a few hits. He is 13 out of 27 in his last six games and leads the club in seven multi-hit games.


Attendance was announced at 6,678 after Monday night’s series opener drew a meager crowd of 7,427. This was despite the promotion offering tickets at 1992 prices to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards.


Gemini: INF Miguel Sanó will have surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. The proceedings will take place later this week and Baldelli says there is no timetable for his return. The injury as Sanó celebrated with teammates after beating Detroit. … RHP Sonny Gray (hamstring) will start at least one more rehab before the team decides if he’s ready to return. He went to the IL on April 17. … RF Max Kepler left the competition with an illness.

Orioles: 3B Tyler Nevin took off in the sixth inning with right groin pain. … Mancini (bruised ribs) returned from a three-day absence.


Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-1, 2.95 ERA) will face his former team for the second time on Wednesday night since being traded to the Angels in December 2019. He gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings at Camden Yards with LA in August 2021.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (0-1, 3.00) makes his second Major League-appearance. In his debut, he gave up two earned runs over six innings on Friday-evening against the Red Sox.

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