Twins fall to Baltimore 4-2

Twins fall to Baltimore 4-2

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BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis hasn’t wasted any time in providing the Baltimore Orioles a positive return on their $161 million investment.

Davis homered to back an effective pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo in his Orioles debut, and Baltimore beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Wednesday night at chilly Camden Yards.

Davis, the reigning major league home run champ, hit a solo shot to deep center off Kyle Gibson (0-1) in the third inning to put the Orioles ahead for good. Davis also scored the winning run in the season opener and is off to a strong start after receiving a seven-year contract in January.

Trevor Plouffe homered and Byron Buxton hit two doubles for the Twins, 0-2 against the Orioles this year after sweeping the seven-game season series last year.

Minnesota went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

”When they had runners on they got them across and we didn’t,” manager Paul Molitor said. ”That’s what it boils down to.”

Gibson gave up four runs in five innings. He walked five and allowed seven hits – at least one in each inning.

”It’s a little frustrating,” Gibson said. ”You never want to start the season like that.”

Gibson allowed three hits and two walks in the first two innings but trailed only 1-0 after working out of jams in each inning.


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