Nick Blackburn

Britton solid as Orioles hold on to beat Twins, 5-4

By the end of six innings Wednesday night, Zach Britton's voice was barely audible and his body was drained.

After battling flu symptoms for the past couple of days and uneven command for much of the night, Britton put a tight game against the Minnesota Twins in the hands of the bullpen and sweated out the final nine outs.

It was the final one that raised the anxiety level at Camden Yards the most, but Denard Span's drive off closer Kevin Gregg landed in the glove of a running Adam Jones at the right-center-field wall and the Orioles held on for a closer-than-necessary 5-4 victory in front of an announced 13,825.

The victory, which included a clutch two-run double...