(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins will wrap up a
three-game series on Sunday afternoon when they meet up in the rubber match at
Baltimore rallied from a 6-0 deficit to take a 9-6 victory in 10 innings on
Friday night. However, on Saturday, Minnesota was the team that rallied from
an early hole to capture an 8-5 win.
The Orioles put three runs on the board in the first inning, but thanks to
three hits apiece from Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, the Twins scored eight
runs spread across the third, fourth and sixth innings to earn the win. Ryan
Doumit was 1-for-3 in the contest with his hit being a two-run home run in the
sixth that gave the Twins some breathing room.
Vance Worley picked up his first win of the season after getting the start for
the Twins. The right-hander didn't pitch particularly well, allowing five runs
on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. However, the Twins' bullpen didn't allow a run in
the final 3 2/3 innings -- highlighted by a perfect ninth from Jared Burton,
who finished the game for his first save of the season.
The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Twins.
In his season debut, Steve Johnson took the loss for Baltimore after allowing
six runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings as the starter.
Manny Machado went 3-for-5 for the Orioles and Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters
each had a pair of hits, including Wieters' home run in the fourth inning, his
fifth of the season.
Looking for his third win of the season will be Wei-Yin Chen as he gets the
start for the Orioles in Sunday's matinee.
Chen has been doing a good job of replicating the success he had during his
rookie season a year ago. The 27-year-old lefty hasn't been putting up great
numbers in the win column at 2-3, but his ERA of 3.40 has still been steady
and is more than a half run below his effort last season (4.02).
When he faced Kansas City in his last start, Chen was tagged for a season-high
nine hits and still recorded a quality start by limiting the damage to two
runs over 6 1/3 innings of work. Chen has kept opponents to two runs or fewer
in four of his seven starts this season.
This will be just the second start of Chen's career against Minnesota. In his
first ever appearance against the Twins last season, Chen tossed seven
innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five.
Along with Kevin Correia, Scott Diamond has been the most consistently
effective pitcher in Minnesota's rotation and will look to keep that going
when he makes the start on Sunday.
Diamond is in just his third Major League season, but looks like he may just
be an arm the Twins will rely on for years to come. He is 3-2 with an ERA of
3.03 on this campaign, which comes on the heels of his 12-9, 3.54 ERA effort
Consistency has been the key for Diamond this season as he has been almost a
lock to pitch six quality innings when he takes the mound. In his last start,
Diamond pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his second straight win in
as many outings. He has now pitched at least six innings in four of his five
starts this season.
Diamond has just one career start against Baltimore and it is likely one he'd
like to forget. In that outing, Diamond allowed five runs on nine hits over
six innings of work though he did get the win.
Minnesota won two of three meetings in Baltimore April 5-7.
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