His record outside Camden Yards can't be any better.
Hammel will try to match the MLB lead in victories and become just the third Oriole in 54 years to win his first six road starts Friday night, when he makes his first appearance against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Hammel (5-1, 4.10 ERA) has been consistent through seven starts, lasting between five and 6 2-3 innings while allowing no more than four runs. The right-hander, though, realizes he has one of the majors' best run-support averages at 8.42. It's 9.62 on the road."I still haven't really gotten it going, and I haven't been as good as labeled, I guess. So I still have some work to do," Hammel said after yielding four runs in six innings of Sunday's 8-4 road win over the Los Angeles Angels . "I'm a (beneficiary) of a lot of run support right now, and the bullpen's been awesome. It's that simple."
Hammel gets the ball after the Orioles' season-best four-game win streak ended with Thursday's 6-2 home loss to Kansas City. Baltimore (21-14), the AL leader with 12 road wins, is tied with Boston for second in the AL East - percentage points behind the New York Yankees - after Minnesota (16-15) won its third straight at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Hammel could end that surge with a career-best fourth consecutive winning start. The right-hander could also become the first pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 with Boston to post victories in his first six road starts. Only two Orioles have accomplished that since 1954 - Hoyt Wilhelm in 1959 and Jeff Ballard 24 years ago.
Hammel's only start in Minneapolis was a 7-3 Tampa Bay victory at the Metrodome on April 17, 2008.
The Twins, meanwhile, open a nine-game stretch at Target Field with four wins in five games. They can move a season high-tying two games above .500 after finishing off a 5-5 trip.
"It's important that you kind of get that feeling about grinding things out (at) the end of a long road trip," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 6.35) will be on the mound Friday. The right-hander had an encouraging start his last time out, doubling his season strikeout total to 14 while throwing six strong innings in Sunday's 4-2 win at Cleveland.
Pelfrey was 1-3 with a 10.36 ERA in his previous four outings.
"We're still just a year out of the (elbow reconstructive) surgery," Gardenhire said. "We're taking small steps."
Pelfrey gets his first look at the Orioles since 2010 with the New York Mets .
Baltimore's Chris Davis , tied for second in the AL with 10 homers, has yet to face the right-hander.
Nick Markakis , 2 for 6 against Pelfrey, went 8 for 13 with two doubles as Baltimore lost two of three to the visiting Twins from April 5-7.
Joe Mauer finished 2 for 13 in that series, but he's a career .373 hitter at home against the Orioles.
Justin Morneau , who has four hits - all doubles - in nine at-bats against Hammel, led the Twins with 10 RBIs on the just-completed trip.
Rookie Oswaldo Arcia hit .424 (14 for 34) during that stretch, and his hot streak could keep Chris Parmelee , who hit the Twins' only homer last month in Baltimore, on the bench for a third straight game.
These clubs split a four-game set at Target Field from July 16-19.
|May 04, 2013||Miguel Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Right thumb blister|
|May 03, 2013||Chris Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee soreness|
|April 28, 2013||Taylor Teagarden||15-Day DL||Dislocated left thumb|
|April 07, 2013||Nolan Reimold||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tightness|
|April 05, 2013||Brian Roberts||15-Day DL||Ruptured tendon, right knee|
|April 04, 2013||Brian Roberts||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring injury|
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
|April 16, 2013||Darin Mastroianni||15-Day DL||Stress reaction in left ankle|
|March 30, 2013||Cole De Vries||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|March 24, 2013||Tim Wood||15-Day DL||Right rotator cuff strain|
|March 22, 2013||Scott Diamond||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Anthony Swarzak||15-Day DL||Fractured ribs|
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Thanks to the focus of guys like Jim Johnson and the toughness of Manny Machado , the Baltimore Orioles don't play like the youngest team in their division.
Machado had a tiebreaking RBI single in a three-run 10th inning as the Orioles rallied for a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Machado - who stayed in the game after fouling a ball hard off his ankle in the fifth - rolled a single into right field that scored Chris Dickerson and broke a 6-all tie. Nick Markakis added a sacrifice fly and Adam Jones an RBI double to cap the scoring in the 10th.
"I told you many times, that's a mature group," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Even though it's the youngest team in our division, they stay within each other and do what they do."
Tommy Hunter (3-1) didn't allow a run in 2 1-3 innings. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th for his 35th consecutive save - dating back to last season - to set an Orioles franchise record.
Johnson started getting questions about the save streak at the end of last season. He treated questions about finally setting the record with a shrug, the same way he answered when the streak began.
"I was just thinking about watching us chip away," Johnson said. "It's not really anything I'm real focused on. It's great, but our ultimate goal is the team record at the end of the year. Personal achievements are second."
Anthony Swarzak (1-1) allowed all three runs in the 10th.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey had a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning and appeared to be cruising to his second straight win before Baltimore started smacking doubles all over the field.
"You've got to remember the offense over there, too," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's a heck of a baseball team over there, and they can run some hitters up there. They can ambush you. They got some big, clutch hits. That's kind of what they're known for."
The Orioles hit four doubles off Pelfrey in the sixth to make it 6-3 and added two more off reliever Josh Roenicke in the seventh to tie the score.
"They're good. There's a reason they're in first place in the AL East," Pelfrey said.
Chris Davis 's two-bagger off the scoreboard wall in right-center field scored Nick Markakis and made it 6-6.
Roenicke started the seventh and allowed three runs and four hits and only recorded one out.
"It's almost like we prefer to play from behind," Baltimore outfielder Chris Dickerson said. "As soon as it got to 6-3, we knew it was a different ballgame."
Markakis started the barrage of doubles with a leadoff double in the sixth and finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Joe Mauer had three hits and two RBIs for Minnesota, which had won four of its previous five.
Adam Jones and Davis each had three hits for Baltimore.
Orioles starter Jason Hammel allowed six runs over four innings and failed to win on the road for the first time this season.
NOTES: SS Pedro Florimon , who left Thursday's game in the bottom of the seventh inning because of a tight right hamstring, was not in the starting lineup but told Gardenhire his leg was feeling better. ... Orioles LHP Tsuyoshi Wada , who had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his elbow last May 11 and spent his entire first season in the majors on the DL, struck out 10 batters in seven no-hit innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said Wada would start a rehab assignment next week. ... RHP Steve Johnson will come off the DL to start Saturday in his season debut for the Orioles in place of RHP Miguel Gonzalez , who is out with a blister on his thumb. For the Twins, RH Vance Worley (0-4, 6.95 ERA) will take the mound looking for his first win in 13 starts since last Aug. 1 for the Phillies.