MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered to start a five-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night.

In his first start in 11 days, Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings for the Orioles, who have won three straight games for the first time since winning four in a row from June 6-10. Baltimore has outscored Minnesota 18-3 in the three games.

Justin Morneau had an RBI double for the Twins, who have lost six of seven and 18 of their last 23 overall. Minnesota is 2 1/2 games ahead of last-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Guthrie (6-16) has been dealing with some right shoulder soreness, and had given up 16 earned runs in his last three starts. The right-hander found his rhythm against a punchless Minnesota offense, allowing five hits and striking out five, the same number he struck out in his last three starts combined.

He wiggled out of a first-inning jam thanks to a diving two-out, bases-loaded stop by Ryan Adams and gave up consecutive doubles in the third before retiring 12 straight.

Michael Gonzalez struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth and has struck out all seven batters he’s faced this series.

In what has become an audition for 2012, Kevin Slowey (0-2) had his second straight unimpressive start for the Twins, allowing five earned runs in 4 2-3 innings. He allowed six earned runs and nine hits — including two home runs — in 5 2-3 innings against the Yankees on Friday.

Minnesota starters are 2-11 in their last 19 starts — with both wins by Francisco Liriano.

Slowey, who wants to be a starter in Minnesota or elsewhere next season, allowed one hit through four innings before Reynolds led off the fifth inning with a home run inside the left-field foul pole. After a single by Jake Fox, Nolan Reimold had an RBI triple and Adams added an RBI double. A two-run double by Matt Wieters ended Slowey’s night.

J.J. Hardy scored on a wild pitch in the ninth.

Minnesota right fielder Michael Cuddyer left the game in the first inning with a left wrist injury after being hit by a pitch from Guthrie. X-rays were negative and more tests are expected Thursday. Cuddyer leads the team in home runs and RBIs.

NOTES: Baltimore 3B Robert Andino made a barehanded catch of a foul pop-up by Morneau near the stands in the sixth inning. … The Orioles last won three straight in Minnesota Sept. 7-9, 1999. … Baltimore CF Adam Jones was back in the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday night’s game with an illness. “I feel 100 percent,” he said. … Orioles DH Vladimir Guerrero was a late scratch with a left wrist contusion. … Jim Thome, the reigning AL Player of the Week, went 0 for 3 and is 1 for his last 12. … Liriano (9-9) takes the hill for Thursday’s matinee. He threw seven innings of three-hit ball Saturday against the Yankees, allowing no earned runs. … Jo-Jo Reyes (6-10) is scheduled to start for Baltimore. In three starts for the Orioles since being picked up on waivers, Reyes has allowed 10 earned runs in 15 innings.

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Comments (11)
  1. zee the reporter says:

    this team is in need of some big time changes

  2. Sue says:

    And the first change is getting rid of Gardenhire.
    I went to the game last night and they all looked pathetic and like they don’t care anymore there was no ambition or anything out of them.

  3. Little Tin God says:

    Mauer should give back 95% of his $23 million/year for non-performance. Maybe then the Twins can afford to get some players that actually know how to play and win the game.

  4. The rewards a new stadium brings ... says:

    I agree with all three of the comments above. The Twins suck this year. Gardenhoser has worn out his welcome as the manager, and Mauer hasn’t earned even an “honorable mention” towards his insanely high wages.

    Is this what we can look forward to if we have to pay for a Vikings stadium? No, I guess not, the Vikings have sucked for 50 years already – it would be hard to get worse than that, even for them.

  5. TL says:

    Gardy isnt to blame in this….you dont win a manager of the year award for being a crappy manager. (yeah, I get it…that was last year, yada yada yada…)

    Not many games can be won when your line-ups are on the IR most of the season. Sh*t, Repko gets a strained oblique sitting on the bench and goes on IR.

    I think the blame goes to the GM who wiped out the bull pen and cant make a decent trade to save his life. Overstocked in the outfield, how do you not make a trade for a pitcher or bullpen help rather than waiting for the waiver rule to take affect? And Nishioka? $5million paid just for the priveledge of being the team to sign him??? Cant hit or field. Who was the genius scout watching this clown?

    Nope, Gardy isnt the problem…its upstairs.

  6. Johnny Rain Cloud says:

    You can’t measure success or failure with one bad season. If you did there would be a new manager in the majority of MLB teams each season. Gardy has won 6 division titles in 9 seasons. The only manager to do so in this same time period. Mauer had legs issues: Yes. Mauer is hitting .300 or close: Yes. Is he still worth paying $23 million a year?: Yes. I guess we can let mauer go and have butera be the catcher. Then the twins would win more games.

    BTW, Sue you have no idea about baseball or anything associated with it. I have seen you comment multiple times before and your thoughts are right in line with the fair weather fans.

    1. Sue says:

      @Johnny Rain Cloud

      Oh and you do know about baseball, I will bet you that I know a lot more about baseball then you do and by the way I have seen your posts before and believe me if anybody doesn’t know a thing about baseball it is you.
      Tell me exactly how many championships has Gardy won in the last 10 years as manager, let me help you – NONE, so he wins the division big deal a truly great coach would be able to take it further and win a championship if he was smart enough and knew how to coach unlike Gardy.
      Trust me next year will be no different than this year because the players that are out there now will be the same players for the next several years because they will dump all the regular players this year because they can’t afford to get anyone descent because they are paying “Cry baby injure Joe” 23 mil a year who is NOT worth that kind of money who is a singles hitter and can’t catch 2 days in a row or catch a day game after a night game, you tell me what other team in this league does that – NONE.
      I won’t tell you “I told you so” when next year you come back to me and say gee she was right.

  7. pisant says:

    First of all, fire the trainer… hire Tony Horton and train them using the P90X.. it’s time to turn these boys into men! Only team in MLB who has a bunch of babies playing the game! Listen to Bert, this is your job, you need to play through the aches and pains that come with the game!

  8. Voice4AReason says:

    Mauer by the numbers is by far the worst value dollar for dollar to come into the majors in the last 10 years(If you don’t count A.J. Burnett s Contract)period!!

  9. Annie says:

    Changes have to come from ownership on down. Until they start sinking some money into this team and get us players who can actually hit and pitch, this team won’t get better.

  10. Gloria says:

    The players are starting to look down and depressed with the way this season has gone; and why wouldn’t they? However, if we’re going to end this season with any kind of moral uplift, the Twins’ players are going to have to start playing with more heart again. Sure, there are times, especailly in the field (for ex. the great catch the other night by Revere) that they look good and fired up, but they have been making too many base running errors, some bad plays in the field, and inconsequential at-bats. Hopefully, they can find a way to stay healthy and play as a “team” again. I don’t blame any one team member, coach, trainer or manager, but for some reason, the stars aren’t aligning for our guys this year.

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