MINNEAPOLIS -- Jonathan Schoop clobbered a massive homer to back a solid showing by Wade Miley, as the Orioles pushed past the Twins, 5-1, on Saturday at Target Field. The win was Baltimore's first over Minnesota this season and snapped a five-game losing skid.
Miley finished one out shy of his first quality start since June 1, scattering eight hits across 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks. Miguel Sano scratched the only run off the left-hander, clubbing his 21st homer with a shot in the third inning. The All-Star slugger is the first Twin to hit 21 blasts before the All-Star break since Justin Morneau hit 21 in 2009.
"I just wanted to go out there and throw up zeros," Miley said. "That's a gritty team over there, those guys are swinging the bat really well. You just try to keep them off the scoreboard."
Baltimore reclaimed the advantage in the the fourth with a homer from their own All-Star. Schoop, who started at shortstop for the first time in his Major League career, delivered a two-run shot to left. It was his 18th homer, which is four more than he had last year before the break when Schoop finished with a career-best 25 homers. After a four-hit night on Friday, third baseman Manny Machado drove in a run on a double in the sixth.
O's slugger Mark Trumbo hit his 14th home run and second this series with a solo shot in the eighth. According to Statcast™, his homer off Player Page for Buddy Boshers went an estimated 393 feet and left the bat at 99.1 mph. It also extended Trumbo's hitting streak to seven games.
"We pitched fairly well, but we had a lot of opportunities and left a lot of runners on base," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We ended up with one run and double-digits in men left on base, which is a rough combination to overcome."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Schoop's shot: Schoop obliterated a baseball in the fourth inning to give Baltimore a 2-1 advantage, as he belted a first-pitch changeup from Adalberto Mejia into the third deck in left. According to Statcast™, his two-run shot went an estimated 462 feet with an exit velocity of 113.5 mph. It marked his longest homer this season and second farthest since Statcast™ began tracking home runs at the start of 2015. In addition, it was also the longest homer hit to left at Target Field this year. Only Twins' Kennys Vargas (483 feet) and Houston's George Springer (473 feet) recorded bigger blasts -- both to center -- at Minnesota's ballpark in 2017.
"It was real important [to get that early lead]," Schoop said. "Wade pounded the zone and we scored early for him. He kept us in the game and helped us get in and out. We scored runs and that puts you in a good position." More >
O's escape jam: Darren O'Day danced around some potential damage in the sixth inning. Baltimore called upon the premier sidearmer to relieve Miley, who had given up a pair of two-out singles, to get the most crucial out. With runners at the corners, O'Day fell behind James Dozier in his first at-bat and then proceeded to plunk Dozier on a 3-0 sinker to load the bases. O'Day still got out of the jam unscathed, by getting Eduardo Escobar to swing through a 2-2 slider. The Twins are batting .188 in 32 at-bats with the bases loaded and two away.
"That was big, that's why I have Darren there," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He felt real good. He's had short outings in three days, so that's a good sign for us going forward that he's going to show that durability the rest of the way."
"I'm so happy to be on the same page as those guys. I just need to keep going strong and hit more than that. And try every year to be in the [record] book." -- Sano, on reaching 21 homers before the break. Among Twins players, only Harmon Killebrew, Kent Hrbek and Morneau have hit more homers before a Midsummer Classic
Twins outfielder Zack Granite made his highly anticipated debut with a pinch-hit at-bat in the eighth inning. Following a leadoff single from Eddie Rosario, Granite came up to the plate in place of Ehire Adrianza. The team's No. 21 ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, watched a couple heaters from Baltimore's Mychal Givens go by for a strike. After starting behind in the count, Granite still fouled away five pitches and eventually worked the count full before ending his 11-pitch at-bat with a flyout to shallow left.
"My heart was going a little bit, which was cool," Granite said. "The crowd was unbelievable and gave me a nice ovation. It was really cool. I fouled off a couple pitches and popped out, but it was a really cool experience for me and I'll never forget it." More >
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4, 6.64 ERA) is slated to start the finale Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET. Last time out, the right-hander allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in the loss to Milwaukee. Jimenez is 5-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 12 career starts against Minnesota.
Twins: Right-hander Kyle Gibson (5-6, 5.82 ERA) is set to start for the Twins in the final game before the All-Star break against the Orioles on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT. Gibson is coming off a strong start, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Angels on Tuesday.
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