It wasn’t exactly a homer drought, but when Chris Davis hit a long homer to right today in the second inning off Cole De Vries, it ended a stretch of nine homerless games for him. It was Davis’ 15th homer of the year.
Davis entered today 0-for-11 over his past three games and 3-for-26 over his last seven contests.
That brought the Orioles to within 2-1, as Minnesota took the lead scoring twice in the last of the first off Wei-Yin Chen, who today is looking for his first win since June 17 at Atlanta. He is 0-3 with two no-decisions over his past five starts.
The Twins led the Orioles today 2-1 as the game moved to the fourth inning.
The Orioles again failed to get some clutch hits early in this game. Matt Wieters struck out with two on to end the first and the Orioles could not cash in when Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy led off the third with singles.
Markakis is now 12-for-28 (.429) over seven games since his return from the disabled list. He now has eight hits over his last 14 at-bats.
The Orioles not only have the best one-run record in the American League after last night’s win at 17-6, but the best one-run win percentage in the majors. They are 10-2 in one-run games on the road.
The Orioles are now 8-21 this year when they score two runs or less after posting a 5-35 record in those games last year.
The Orioles are 4-2 against the Twins this season and 10-4 vs. Minnesota since the start of the 2011 season.
The RISP struggles: The Orioles just continue to struggle with runners in scoring position. Jim Thome hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end the top of the seventh with the O’s trailing 3-2.
The Orioles are 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position through the seventh today and that makes them 1-for-17 the past three games in Minnesota.