During the losing streak, Baltimore scored 20 runs in eight games. Tonight, the Orioles snapped the streak with an 11-0 win over the Twins. Jake Arrieta got his second win while Carl Pavano was handed the loss.
Baltimore bats came alive in the bottom of the second with two outs. Adam Jones, who is on a five game hit streak, got an infield single and moved to second base on a walk to Reynolds. A single by Matt Wieters brought Jones in and Robert Andino followed with another walk. Brian Roberts added two more runs for the Birds with a single. The Orioles had not had the lead in 39 innings up until tonight.
Roberts gave the O’s an add-on run in the fourth with a double after Wieters was hit by a pitch and Andino singled.
Wieters came through with a bases loaded double to score Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero, who both singled, and Jones, who walked, in the fifth.
After being robbed of a hit earlier in the night by Span, Guerrero lifted a three run homer to the flag court in the eighth inning to put Baltimore up by 11.
Arrieta , who retired 75 percent of leadoff batters this season, did it five times in his six scoreless innings of work. He gave up four hits, recording three walks and four strike outs, bringing his ERA to 5.06. He pitched 108 pitches of which 66 were strikes.
Jason Berken worked in relief for two innings as he walked one and struck out two. Josh Rupe came in to finish the game in the top of the ninth, retiring the side in order.
Pavano was taken out after 4.2 innings after allowing eight runs on eight hits. He surrendered three walks while striking out three as well. He threw 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes, sitting the side down in order only twice.
Dusty Hughes took over for Pavano, going a third of an inning to finish off the fifth. Eric Hacker then came in for two innings, giving up two hits. Joe Nathan allowed three runs on two hits as he went an inning for Minnesota.
Baltimore bats woke up as the Oriole offense got all 11 of their runs with two outs. They got a season high 13 hits on the night. The only Oriole not to reach base was Luke Scott. Six hitters had a multi-hit game, including a 3-for-3 by Andino.
Zach Britton (2-1) will take the mound for tomorrow’s game, facing Nick Blackburn (1-2) in the third of the four game series.