Carroll County Times

Orioles come back to beat Twins

MINNEAPOLIS - The Baltimore Orioles scored an unlikely comeback win on Friday night after spotting the Minnesota Twins six runs. The Orioles exploded for 18 hits and scored three in the 10th for a 9-6 win over the Twins before 31,360 at Target Field.

Manny Machado's RBI single scored Chris Dickerson in the 10th. Nick Markakis added a sacrifice fly and Adam Jones had a run-scoring single to put the Orioles up by three.

Tommy Hunter (3-1) worked 2 1/3 perfect innings for the win. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save. He's converted a franchise-record 35 consecutive saves.

Anthony Swarzak (1-1) took the loss.

The Twins (16-16) scored six runs off Jason Hammel in four-plus innings. They scored a run in the first, two in the second on Joe Mauer's bases-loaded single and another in the third.

In the fifth, Hammel, who was trying for his sixth road win of the season, hit Josh Willingham with a pitch and walked Justin Morneau. Trevor Plouffe 's double scored Willingham and was Hammel's final batter.

After T.J. McFarland came in, a sixth run scored on an infield out.

Hammel allowed six runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. He struck out six and walked two.

The Orioles (22-14) scored three runs in the sixth on four doubles by Markakis, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Dickerson off Mike Pelfrey.

In the seventh, they tied the score when Nate McLouth led off with a double. Machado bunted to third, but Plouffe threw wildly at first and McLouth scored. Markakis' RBI single got Machado home, and it was 6-5. With one out, Davis' double tied it at 6.

Hunter came on with two outs in the seventh and has now thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings in his last nine appearances.

NOTES: Steve Johnson joined the team on Friday. He'll start on Saturday in place of Miguel Gonzalez, who 's been put on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right thumb.

Johnson had a late start to the season because of a bad back. He'll be recalled from Norfolk.

"I'm happy to get the call for however long it will be. It's just good to get healthy and get those rehab starts and get the full pitch count. I felt really good in my last start, and hope I continue with it," Johnson said.

He'll be the ninth starter for the team. Last year, he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 12 appearances, four of them starts.

Johnson probably would have been the first starter recalled from Norfolk had he been healthy.

"It was frustrating to not even be in consideration because I was still hurt," Johnson said.

The Orioles will have to make a roster move to make room for Johnson. Alex Burnett is the likely candidate to go.

Alexi Casilla returned to Minnesota, where he played for parts of seven seasons. Casilla started at second in place of the slumping Ryan Flaherty.

Casilla got a rare start against a right-hander and said he was considering abandoning switch-hitting. He's been batting right-handed against right-handed pitching in the cage.

Showalter said he was not eager for Casilla to abandon switch-hitting.

"It's something where, like every guy you kick things around, but I don't think we know him well enough to say for sure," Showalter said. "I'm not there yet."

One year ago Saturday, Tsuyoshi Wada had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. On Friday, he threw seven no-hit innings in extended spring training.

He's scheduled to start in five days for one of the minor league affiliates.

"He's got to be pretty excited to get out of Sarasota," Showalter said.