MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier’s two-run home run with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Dozier lined a 2-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter (2-2) into the left field seats for his 17th home run of the season. It scored Danny Santana, who singled one batter earlier. Earlier in the day Dozier was selected as one of the five candidates for the final roster spot on the AL All-Star team.
Trevor May (5-7) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win in his first relief appearance of the season.
The game reached the 10th inning tied 2-2 thanks to four long solo home runs that accounted for all the scoring. The Orioles struck first when Machado drove Phil Hughes’ second pitch into the seats in right-center for his fourth leadoff home run of the season and 18th overall.
Torii Hunter answered with a 411-foot blast off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen in the bottom of the first to tie the score.
Aaron Hicks put the Twins on top in the second with a solo shot into the bullpen, but Adam Jones tied it with a drive high off the left field foul pole in the sixth.
Chen struck out five and walked three while pitching seven innings of four-hit ball. Hughes lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out three.
In the fourth inning Hicks made a play in center field that recalled Willie Mays’ famous over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. With two out and a man on, Chris Parmelee hammered a ball to deep center field. Hicks turned his back on home plate and took off running. Without looking back, he reached out on the warning track and made the catch.
Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty’s stay in Triple-A didn’t last long. Flaherty was optioned to Norfolk after Saturday’s game to make room for fellow infielder Jonathan Schoop, who returned from the 60-day disabled list. But on Monday the Orioles put outfielder Nolan Reimold on the paternity list so he can attend the birth of his daughter. Flaherty is hitting .248 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 51 games with the Orioles this year.
Orioles: RHP Jason Garcia began a injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Monday. Garcia, who has a 5.93 ERA in eight appearances this year, is on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.
Twins: RHP Ryan Pressly was put on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. He was replaced on the roster by OF Shane Robinson, who returned from the Family Emergency List. … The team announced that RHP Ricky Nolasco will have surgery to remove bone fragments from his right ankle on July 13. Nolasco has not pitched since May 31. No timetable for his recovery was given.
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