The Twins defeat the Orioles after first inning struggles

The Minnesota Twins played host to the Baltimore Orioles on a chilly spring evening at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 11, 2013.  The festivities were kicked off by long-time Minnesota Viking turned Baltimore Raven, newly retired NFL center Matt Birk tossing the first pitch.  The Twins were coming off a heartbreaking 10 inning meltdown the night before and were looking for revenge.

The Orioles jumped on Minnesota pitcher Vance Worley early, rocking him for three runs on four hits.  Worley settled down in the second inning and pitched into the sixth inning, allowing a total of five runs.  Brian Duensing was summoned to the mound in relief and forced a double play to end the inning and save the win for Worley, who would pick up his first win on the season. 

The Twins would be held scoreless until the third inning when catcher Joe Mauer doubled to score Eduardo Escobar.  Mauer would score on a Justin Morneau single to center field.

The Twins offense exploded in the fourth inning when, with two outs, Brian Dozier doubled to left field scoring Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar.  Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second.  The next batter, Ryan Doumit, was unintentionally walked loading the bases for Justin Morneau.

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The stadium was electric as Morneau stepped up to the plate with a chance at a grand slam home run.  Although the grand slam was not in the cards, Morneau did not disappoint, singling to left field, scoring Mauer and Doumit.  Doumit’s run would prove the game winner and the inning ended with the score 6-4 in favor of the Twins.

The Orioles scored in the top of the sixth and the Twins would go on to add two runs in the bottom of the sixth.  The bottom of the ninth was not needed as the Twins would win by a score of 8-5.

Vance Worley, after a shaky first inning would pick up his first win of the season; bring his record to 1-4.  The Twins improve to 17-16 on the year leaving them 2.5 games behind the A.L. Central leading Detroit Tigers.

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