By Joe Christensen
Orioles lineup: Adam Stern CF, Chris Gomez SS, Nick Markakis DH, Aubrey Huff 1B, Jay Payton RF, Terry Tiffee 3B, Jason DuBois LF, Freddie Bynum 2B, Adam Donachie C. Starting pitcher: LHP Adam Loewen.
Twins lineup: Jeff Cirillo DH, Nick Punto 3B, Mike Redmond C, Michael Cuddyer RF, Justin Morneau 1B, Torii Hunter CF, Josh Rabe LF, Tommy Watkins 2B, Alexi Casilla SS. Starting pitcher: RHP Ramon Ortiz.
Hammond Stadium. First pitch: 12:02 p.m. (Central), 81 degrees. Attendance: 8,122 (sellout).
Update: Top fourth, Orioles lead 2-0. Ortiz gave up two unearned runs in the first, as Baltimore capitalized on a Casilla throwing error. Josh Rabe has the only hit for the Twins. Loewen has four strikeouts, including Cirillo twice.
Update: Top fifth, Orioles lead 2-1. Cuddyer homered off Loewen. LHP Glen Perkins in to pitch for Twins. Ortiz’s line: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Update: Bot sixth, Orioles lead 2-1. Perkins retired all six batters he faced, with three strikeouts.
Update: Top ninth, Twins lead 4-2. Watkins tied it with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Garrett Jones just hit a two-run double, giving the Twins the lead. Juan Rincon pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a double, and Pat Neshek retired the side (with two strikeouts) in the eighth. Orioles load the bases against LHP Randy Choate (after Watkins second error of the game), but Choate gets another double play ball to get the save.