Nick the Stick
Nick Markakis had two hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning, for his 17th multi-hit game this year. The right fielder extended his hitting streak to eight games, a span in which he is batting .406 (13-for-32) and has had five multi-hit games. The home run against Scott Baker was Markakis' fifth in 18 career games against the Twins.
The Orioles were outhit by the Twins 12-7, but they made theirs count. All three of the Orioles' runs came on home runs. Markakis hit his 10th, tying him with Kevin Millar for the team lead. Adam Jones had a solo home run in the seventh, his third homer of the season and first since May 1.
Notching another save
Closer George Sherrill (above), who had 20 saves in the minors and four in the majors in his career heading into 2008, picked up his 20th save of the season. He has saved 20 of the Orioles' 29 wins and has converted nine straight opportunities. He is second in the American League behind Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez.
The Orioles make their first trip to Toronto this season to face the AL East-rival Blue Jays. The three-game series begins tonight at 7:07 with Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (4-5, 4.87 ERA) on the mound. He has fared well in his previous two games at the Rogers Centre (1-1, 1.50 ERA), but overall has a 6.06 ERA against the Blue Jays in four games. Right-hander Shaun Marcum (5-3, 2.63 ERA) makes the start for Toronto.