Jeremy Guthrie made it through seven innings on Thursday, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four and walking none. He allowed a homer to Jim Thome and he also hit two batters.
Lefty Michael Gonzalez came in to start the eighth and gave up a solo shot to the second batter he faced, Michael Cuddyer to make it 3-0 Twins. Gonzalez has now allowed runs in five of his six outings this season.
Guthrie was facing a depleted Twins lineup that was without four regulars. But he did what he needed to do to keep the Orioles in the game in a solid performance.
The offense, however, failed to get anything going against Scott Baker, who entered the night 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
Baker has allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings. He has struck out nine Orioles in seven innings after striking out 15 batters in 18 previous innings this season.