July 7, 2018 / 9:39 PM / 11 days ago

Kepler, Wilson lead Twins rally over O's, 5-4

Max Kepler homered for the second straight game and Bobby Wilson drove in three runs as the Minnesota Twins rallied for their third straight victory, 5-4, over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis.

It was the fifth straight loss for Baltimore and the 12th in 13 games. The Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors (24-64), lost for the 35th time in 47 road games.

Wilson — in the midst of a 1-for-35 slump and hitless in 19 straight at-bats — had two hits, including a two-run double in the sixth that proved to be the game-winner.

Kyle Gibson (3-6) regrouped from a three-run first to follow with six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out nine. It was just the second win in 17 starts for Gibson since he pitched six no-hit innings against the Orioles in a 6-2 victory in Baltimore on March 31. It also was his first win of the season at Target Field.

Fernando Rodney, despite giving up two hits and a run in the ninth, picked up his 19th save. Trevor Hildenberger pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his 13th hold.

Chris Davis hit his 275th career home run but also struck out in the eighth against Hildenberger, his 1,306th strikeout with the Orioles, breaking Cal Ripken Jr.’s team mark. Miguel Castro (2-5) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in an inning of relief.

Third baseman Tim Beckham, robbed of a home run by center fielder Jake Cave on the first pitch in Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Twins, lined a double down the right field line on Gibson’s first pitch, went to second on a groundout to first by Adam Jones and scored on a groundout to short by Machado. After Mark Trumbo walked, Davis hit his eighth homer of the season, a 417-footer to dead center to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.

The Twins, who managed just a Joe Mauer single off starter Kevin Gausman over the first four innings, tied it, 3-3, in the fifth. Kepler started the comeback with his 10th homer of the year into the bullpen in left-center. Robbie Grossman followed with a line double into the gap in left-center and went to third on a single to left by Cave. Wilson then bounced a single to right to drive in Grossman and send Cave, who later scored on a wild pitch, to third.

The Twins took a 5-3 lead in the sixth with two runs off Castro. Eduardo Escobar started the inning with his major league leading 35th double of the season, a line drive to the gap in left-center, and Jorge Polanco and Kepler followed with walks to load the bases with nobody out. Castro almost got out of the jam with back-to-back force-outs at home on grounders to Davis, but Wilson broke the tie with a double to left to drive in Escobar and Polanco.

Left fielder Jace Peterson doubled off the wall in right-center with two out in the ninth to drive in Jonathan Schoop, who had singled, to make it 5-4. But Rodney then got Beckham to ground out to Polanco to end the game for his 319th career save, tying him with Todd Jones for 19th on the all-time saves list.

—Field Level Media

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