Minnesota Twins defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-4

Going deep The Orioles decided against playing small ball last night.

They swung for the fences, hitting three home runs against Minnesota Twins left-hander and two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana. Miguel Tejada gave the Orioles an early lead with a two-run shot in the first inning, and Nick Markakis homered two batters later. The combined estimated distance was 830 feet. Corey Patterson led off the sixth with a home run, the ball barely clearing the right-fiel...

It all happened so fast. In a span of three pitches by Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh inning last night, the Orioles' seemingly comfortable four-run lead was whittled to an extremely uncomfortable one-run advantage.

And for anybody who has watched the Orioles bumble through the late innings on this homestand, it was easy to predict what would happen next. The Minnesota Twins scored twice in the eighth inning, both on sacrifice flies, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run shot o...