BALTIMORE (AP) -Now that they're sharing first place in the AL Central, the
are not ready to slow down yet.
drove in two runs each during a six-run first inning and the Twins moved into a first-place tie with the
Chicago White Sox
on Saturday night by completing a doubleheader sweep of the
with a 12-6 victory.
''We can't worry about the
. We can't get caught up in what they're doing,'' Twins outfielder
said. ''We pretty much feel that as long as we take care of our business, play our own game, then everything will be what
we want at the end.''
The Twins entered the day trailing the
by a game. A second consecutive day of rain forced Chicago to postpone its scheduled home doubleheader against Detroit on
Saturday and the teams will play a split doubleheader Sunday - if the remnants of Hurricane Ike, which are tracking toward
the Upper Midwest, do not interfere.
In the nightcap, Minnesota picked up where it left off following a 12-2 rout in the opener.
The Twins knocked Orioles starter
(9-8) out after two-thirds of an inning and 27 pitches. It was the shortest outing of Olson's career.
''I wish we could have done the top of the first inning over again,'' Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. ''I know Olson
wishes he could. ... The starting pitching sets the tone of the game and starting pitching in game two was not where it needed
Span led off the game with a single to left,
walked and, after a double steal, Olson hit
with a pitch to load the bases. Morneau laced a two-run single to right and
made it 3-0 with a single to center.
added an RBI single and Gomez slammed a two-run double to center for a 6-0 lead, chasing Olson.
''The first inning can make or break a starter sometimes,'' Olson said. ''It was location. Stuff was not an issue. ... A couple
of pitches I could have gotten down more.''
The big first inning provided enough of a cushion for the Twins - even though the Orioles got as close as 10-6 after three
''That was big, getting off to a good start. You have to give them credit. They didn't stop playing, they battled the whole
game. They made it tough on us,'' said Morneau, who increased his RBI total to 124, tying AL leader
of Texas. ''We held on. It was a little more nerve-racking than the score showed, but it was a big two wins and now we're
tied for first place. That one ahead in the win column is pretty big.''
Baltimore has lost 17 of 20 games and fell to a season-worst 17 games under .500. Poor pitching has been the constant and
Trembley had to use 10 pitchers in Saturday's two games.
''How many darn trips have I made from the dugout? I'm wearing a darn path out from the dugout to the mound. ... Right now,
it is a tough pill to swallow,'' Trembley said.
(2-0) picked up the victory with 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. Minnesota's bullpen didn't allow a run over the final
Harris also homered for Minnesota.
The Orioles got within 6-2 in the bottom of the first on
's RBI double and an
In the second, Tolbert tripled and scored on Redmond's single to left. Span hit an RBI single and scored on Tolbert's second
triple to make it 9-2 in the third. Redmond then singled home Tolbert.
Jones added an RBI single in the third before
hit his third homer, a three-run drive to left off
, to get Baltimore within 10-6.
''I think there was pressure the whole game,'' Twins manager
said. ''We loaded the bases it seemed like every stinking inning. I think the game never felt like it was easy even though
we had a 10-2 lead.''
Harris led off the seventh with a solo homer off
Perkins allowed six runs on five hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out two.
In the opener, Span homered twice and drove in four runs, Gomez had a career-high four RBIs. Morneau reached base five times
with four hits and a walk and had two RBIs.
(9-4) walked three, struck out four and allowed only one hit over his final five innings of the opener. He has won two of
three starts after a string of six winless outings.
The Twins jumped on
(8-10) for a quick 1-0 lead in the first and Span's solo shot, a towering drive onto the right-field flag court, ignited a
three-run third for a 4-1 lead.
Cabrera allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked five and struck out one.
Notes: Before the doubleheader, the Twins activated OF
(broken left foot) from the 15-day disabled list. Cuddyer is still unable to run pain-free and will be used only as a pinch
hitter. He bounced out as a pinch hitter in the ninth in the opener. ... Cabrera has walked an AL-high 90 batters. Last season,
he led the league with 108 walks. ... In the nightcap, Baltimore allowed a first-inning run for the 66th time this season,
the 19th time in 30 games. ... Minnesota has won eight straight at Camden Yards. ... LHP
pitched in both games, becoming the first Oriole to work two games of a doubleheader since
and B.J. Ryan on Sept. 29, 2004, against Toronto.