BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Morneau singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning after an error by Chris Davis, and the Minnesota Twins got a home run from Chris Parmalee in a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.
Although Davis picked up his 17th RBI, he failed to become the first player in major league history to homer in the first five games of the season. The first baseman also opened the door for the Twins to snatch their first win in Baltimore since April 21, 2011.
With the score tied at 5, Baltimore turned to closer Jim Johnson (0-1) in the ninth. Davis let a one-out grounder by Aaron Hicks roll through his legs, and after a two-out walk to Josh Willingham, Morneau singled up the middle.
It was Johnson’s first loss since last July 27.
Josh Roenicke (1-0) pitched three innings of one-hit relief and Glen Perkins got three straight outs for his first save.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 2/3 rocky innings. Activated off the disabled list before the game after being sidelined with an abdominal strain, Tillman needed 93 pitches to get 11 outs.
He was replaced by T.J. McFarland, a Rule 5 signee making his major league debut. The 23-year-old lefty allowed one hit and struck out five over 3 1/3 innings.
Twins starter Vance Worley gave up four earned runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was the first time in eight career starts in April that he failed to go at least six innings.
The Orioles scored two first-inning runs with help from Minnesota’s defense. After Manny Machado singled with one out, Nick Markakis hit a sinking liner to left that eluded a diving Willingham, who tried to locate the loose ball as Markakis reached second base.
Adam Jones then hit a swinging bunt that scored Machado, and Markakis came home after Worley’s late, off-target throw to first base.
Minnesota closed to 2-1 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier, but Hicks struck out with the bases loaded and two outs.
The Twins took the lead with a four-run third. Ryan Doumit singled in a run and Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly before Parmalee drove a 3-0 pitch over the right-field wall.
Davis picked up an RBI in the bottom half, and Baltimore tied it at 5 in the fifth with four straight singles, the last by Jones to drive in two runs.
NOTES: The Twins scratched right-hander Cole De Vries (strained right forearm) from his scheduled start on Sunday, and will place him on the 15-day disabled list and recall Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester to start the series finale. Jason Hammel (1-0) is scheduled to start for Baltimore. … Former Twins star Bert Blyleven, now an announcer with the team, turned 62 on Saturday. … To make room for Tillman, the Orioles optioned INF Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. … Prior to this game, the Orioles had not given up a run before the fourth inning. … Hicks went 0 for 5 and has one hit in 22 at-bats this season.
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