Orioles visit Twins, look to end first half on high note

boom baltimore orioles They will aim for a five-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep minnesota twins in minneapolis on sunday

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (8-6, 4.73 ERA), no stranger to Target Field, will take the mound. orioles And he will be opposed by right-hander Joe Ryan (8-5, 3.42)

The 35-year-old Gibson was selected in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Minnesota and played for the . Twins From 2013-19 He will make his 97th career appearance and 96th career start at Target Field, where he has compiled a 32–36 record and 4.70 ERA. He is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in a career start against Twins

Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said afterward, “It would be great to end the first half with a win tomorrow.” orioles defeated Twins Saturday afternoon 6-2. “Hopefully Gibby pitches well and we get a good break for these guys.

Entering the series, Baltimore had lost 12 of their last 13 meetings in Minneapolis, which began with a 3–1 win in 10 innings on Friday night.

orioles Scored six runs on six singles and two walks in the second inning on Saturday against Twins Starter Sonny Gray leads 6-1. Adam Frazier led off with a two-run single and Gunnar Henderson and Anthony Santander added RBI singles. Two other runs were scored on back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Colton Causer and Ramon Urias.

“You tend to fixate a bit too much because things aren’t going your way,” Gray said. orioles on two hits over six innings in his previous start on July 2. “I felt good. I felt good and then in the second innings, you just look up and they’re hitting it the other way, they’re staying in, they’re just hitting it into the holes.

Baltimore had no hits in the other eight innings of the contest.

Hyde joked, “They like to make it tough for me.” “We didn’t hit the ball very hard, but we put the ball in play. Used the whole field. Had a lot of hits to opposite field. Kept him there on the ropes and then lined up into an (inning-ending) double play. Just no offense after that and had to hold tight.”

Six runs in the second innings was more than enough orioles Starter Tyler Wells, who allowed just two runs on six hits in six innings, earned his seventh win of the season.

a bright spot for Twins The hitting came from first baseman Donovan Solano, who had three doubles and one RBI in four at-bats.

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said, “He’s on fire.” “He’s swinging the bat very well. He’s making good adjustments. He’s hitting fast deliveries. He’s hitting off-speed pitches. He’s shooting the ball. He’s pulling the ball. This is what it looks like when someone swings the bat really well.” ,

Twins (45-45), who fell a half-game behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central with Saturday’s loss, needed a win in the finals to avoid going into the All-Star break with a sub-.500 record. Need to. ,

Ryan is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA in his last seven starts. He is 0–0 with a 2.31 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore.

–Field Level Media

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