BALTIMORE(AP) A .154 hitter drove in the go-ahead run, the slumping third baseman homered and scored twice, and the struggling
closer sealed the victory with a solid inning of work.
Relying on an unlikely cast of stars, the
5-4 Thursday night for a two-game sweep.
''A lot of guys that have been scuffling a little bit came through,'' said manager Dave Trembley, who hadn't seen his team
win two in a row since April 13-14 at Texas.
singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning after taking a .154 batting average to the plate. The single scored
, who came in hitting .222 but homered in his first at-bat to end a 2-for-24 skid.
Montanez's hit set the stage for
, who got three outs for his fifth save in seven tries. After blowing two save opportunities in the span of a week, Sherrill
was in danger of losing his job.
But he was in control against the Twins. After getting two quick outs, he walked
on a lazy fly to left.
''It felt real good,'' Sherrill said. ''It was good to come out and show command. It felt really good coming out of my hand.''
A pregame session with pitching coach Rick Kranitz provided the left-hander with an improved delivery, and the results were
''That's probably the best Sherrill has thrown this spring,'' Trembley said. ''He got on top, had finish on his pitches, his
velocity was up.''
Montanez, Mora and Sherrill weren't the only slumping Orioles to turn it around.
, who came in batting .157, had three hits, and .200 hitter
had a key single in the decisive eighth inning.
had three hits apiece for the Twins, who have lost three straight and five of six.
''We've missed opportunities and we haven't pitched well enough and we've been behind in too many games,'' manager
said. ''That's why we're where we are.''
Minnesota went 1-3 on a brief trip through Detroit and Baltimore.
''I know it's just been four games, but it feels like it's been two weeks,'' outfielder
said. ''Three (losses) in a row. We didn't want that to happen. We didn't expect it to happen. But it did. We go home now
and we have to play better.''
With the score 4-all in the eighth, Mora hit a one-out single off
(0-1). Wigginton singled with two outs before Montanez lined a single to left.
(2-0) worked the top of the inning and Sherrill sealed the win.
gave up three runs and 11 hits over six innings in his fourth big league start. The right-hander was pulled with Baltimore
up 4-3, but the bullpen promptly gave up the lead.
entered in the seventh and gave up a single to
, who scored on a single by Mauer.
yielded four runs and five hits in six innings.
Minnesota went up 1-0 in the second when
doubled and scored on a single by Cuddyer. In the bottom half, Mora homered and
delivered an RBI single.
The Twins loaded the bases with no outs in the third before
made a fine diving catch on a liner to center by Morneau. The sacrifice fly tied the game, but Bergesen averted further damage.
hit a two-out, two-run drive to right in the bottom half to make it 4-2.
Bergesen gave up two straight singles to open the sixth, then got Cuddyer to hit into a double play. Young followed with a
bloop single to get Minnesota to 4-3.
Notes: Zaun has three multihit games in his last six starts, but is batting only .192. ... The Twins hit into two double plays
and have eight GIDPs in their last five games. ... Baltimore clinched its first home series win over Minnesota in four years.
... Mauer is 38-for-98 (.388) lifetime against the Orioles.