FORT MYERS, FLA. — Ubaldo Jimenez got mixed results in his second start of the exhibition season, giving up one run and walking three in the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Jimenez struck out four of five batters in one span and said afterward he was pleased to be able to bring a recent mechanical adjustment to bear in a game. He threw 58 pitches in the most extended outing by an Orioles starter so far this spring and gave up a run on two hits over two-plus innings.
The Twins jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning when first baseman Joe Mauer lined a one-out double to left field and added another run when reliever T.J. McFarland surrendered back-to-back one-out doubles to Eduardo Nunez and Eduardo Escobar.
Mark Hendrickson, Tommy Hunter and Brad Brach combined to hold the Twins scoreless for the final four innings.
The Orioles didn't get on the scoreboard until the fifth, when third baseman Jimmy Paredez drove in catcher Ryan Lavarnway with a two-out single that was his second hit of the game. Paredez has five hits in his first 10 exhibition at-bats.
The loss dropped the Orioles to 2-5 in Grapefruit League play while the Twins evened their record at 2-2.