BALTIMORE (AP) — DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Wednesday night for their second straight win following a 14-game skid.
Baltimore has won two straight for the first time since April 30 and May 1 at Oakland.READ MORE: Wings Hit 17 3s, Beat Lynx 95-77
Mountcastle broke open the game with a three-run shot in the seventh off Alex Colomé that boosted the lead to 6-1. Mountcastle has six extra-base hits in his last nine games.
Reliever Tyler Wells (1-0) held the Twins scoreless with one hit and two strikeouts over three innings.
Baltimore designated hitter Trey Mancini walked and singled and has reached base in 18 consecutive games.
Ryan Jeffers homered and had an RBI triple after being called up from Triple-A St. Paul earlier in the day for the Twins.
Minnesota starter Randy Dobnak (1-5) made his third straight start filling in for Kenta Maeda, who is out with a right adductor strain. Dobnak allowed three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Matt Harvey pitched on three days’ rest and threw three innings for Baltimore. He allowed a solo homer to Jeffers in the second that traveled 441 feet.
Baltimore tied it at 1 on a throwing error by second baseman Nick Gordon on a potential double play.
Stewart gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead with a towering two-run shot over the right-field scoreboard in the fifth.
After Mountcastle’s homer, the Twins cut the margin to 6-3 on Jeffers’ first career triple off Shawn Armstrong and a sacrifice fly by Jorge Polanco off Paul Fry in the eighth.
The Orioles improved to 8-19 at Camden Yards.READ MORE: Pepi’s 2nd-Half Goal Lifts FC Dallas To 1-1 Draw With Minnesota United
Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins led off with a single and has 20 hits in the first inning, which is the most for any player in any inning this season.
Orioles: LHP Zac Lowther was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. INF Tyler Nevin was optioned to the Tides the previous night.
Twins: C Mitch Garver had surgery after going to a local hospital with a severe groin contusion Sunday night, manager Rocco Baldelli. “This is about as painful a situation as you can ever see,” Baldelli said. Garver is out indefinitely. … OF Rob Refsnyder went on the seven-day injured list with a concussion (retroactive to June 1) after crashing into the center-field wall Monday afternoon. OF Gilberto Celestino made his MLB debut in center.
Orioles: OF Austin Hays (hamstring) is beginning a running progression and will have a rehab assignment next week. … RHP Hunter Harvey (left oblique) will rejoin the club sometime over the weekend, manager Brandon Hyde said.
Twins: J.A. Happ (3-2, 5.24 ERA) will start the series opener Thursday in Kansas City. Happ led the Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Royals in his last start Saturday at Target Field, earning the win after allowing two runs on three hits over five innings.
Orioles: Keegan Akin (0-0, 4.80 ERA) will make his second start of the season Friday against the Indians. ClevelandMORE NEWS: Twins Take Lead On Consecutive Wild Pitches, Top Rangers 3-2
(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)