Ubaldo Jimenez sharp, Baltimore Orioles improve to 3-0
- The Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
- Baltimore pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez threw seven sharp innings, allowing just one eared run.
- Manny Machado and Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles.
BALTIMORE — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven sharp innings and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Manny Machado and rookie Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles, who trailed 2-0 in the sixth before coming back against Phil Hughes (0-1).
Jimenez (1-0) gave up a first-inning homer to Joe Mauer and an unearned run in the second before bouncing back to hold the Twins at bay. The right-hander allowed eight hits, struck out nine and walked none.
Jimenez retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, striking out seven.
Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy worked the eighth and Darren O'Day got three straight outs for his first save.
It was the first time the Twins were swept in Baltimore since 2012, when they also went 0-3 to open the season.
Minnesota went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 12 in those situations over the first two games of the series.
Hughes took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, then gave up successive singles before a driving rain stopped play. After a 21-minute delay, reliever Trevor May threw a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score.
One out later, Jonathan Schoop delivered an RBI single.
Rickard tacked on his first big league homer in the eighth for a 4-2 lead. Minutes after rounding the bases, the Rule 5 pickup responded to a curtain call from the modest crowd of 11,142.
The Orioles played without center fielder Adam Jones, who has soreness in his ribcage. Manager Buck Showalter expressed hope that his three-time All-Star would be back in the lineup Friday.
Mauer hit his first homer of the season in the first inning, and the Twins made it 2-0 in the second following an error by first baseman Chris Davis.
Jimenez worked out of a jam in the third after putting runners at the corners with no outs. Hughes did exactly the same thing in the fourth.
Machado homered in the sixth to get the Orioles to 2-1.
Orioles: LHP Brian Matusz (strained left ribcage) allowed one run in one inning for Double-A Bowie. ... RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will have his work day with the team in Boston next week before pitching for Class A Frederick, Showalter said.
Twins: Opening day starter Ervin Santana takes the mound Friday night in Kansas City, where Minnesota plays three games before launching its home schedule against the White Sox on Monday.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman faces the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore's first clash within the AL East.