The Orioles couldn't get anything going off Twins' right-hander Scott Baker and couldn't complete a doubleheader sweep as they fell 6-1.
Baker threw eight innings, allowing just one run on Luke Scott's fifth inning homer, and three hits. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood wasn't bad either as he surrendered three earned runs on seven hits and three walks over seven innings.
The Twins broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, a rally that started with Orlando Hudson's leadoff walk. Michael Cuddyer's double-play ball broke the tie and Delmon Young gave the Twins a two-run lead with a bloop single.The Twins then tacked on three more in the eighth on relievers Mark Hendrickson and Matt Albers. Injured catcher Joe Mauer made his first appearance in the series as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and struck out.
Millwood fell to 0-4 this season, and 0-8 in 13 starts against the Twins, who he referred to as his '27 Yankees. The Orioles have now scored only 12 runs during Millwood's seven starts.
"It happens to everybody," Millwood said. "It just seems like it's my lucky year. Guys are fighting hard and they are doing everything they can to put some runs across while I've been pitching. I just haven't been so lucky yet."
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones admitted that the players feel bad that they haven't been able to support Millwood, who has quickly become one of the most popular players in the Orioles' clubhouse.
"It [stinks]," Jones said. "He goes out there and battles his [butt] off every time and we get him no runs. When he's out there, it's not like we decide to not hit, but we need to get runs for all of our starters and get them more W's."
They'll try to do that tomorrow for rookie left-hander Brian Matusz, who opposes Twins' right-hander Nick Blackburn. A win would allow the Orioles to take three out of four in the series and finish the seven-game trip, which included a stop in New York, with a 3-4 record.