MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 4100
Baltimore1 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 x 7100
  W: B. Zimmermann (3-3)   L: M. Pineda (3-3)   S: C. Sulser (1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 1, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 5,337

Orioles look to snap MLB-worst skid vs. Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Twins have won 15 straight games against the Orioles, dating back to 2018, the longest current winning streak by one major-league team against another.
  2. The Orioles are 6-18 at home this season, and with a loss today they would tie their most losses through 25 home games in a season (6-19 in 1910, 1949, 1950, and 2019).
  3. The Twins have hit 40 home runs in May, fourth most in the major leagues, and they have hit at least one home run in 26 of 28 games this month.
  4. Each of Mitch Garver's last five hits have been for extra bases, tied with Chris Owings (on the IL) for the second longest current streak in the major leagues (Joshua Fuentes, 6).
  5. DJ Stewart is only 3-for-20 over his last seven games, but all three hits have been home runs.
  6. Jose Berrios has won his last six starts against the Orioles, tied for the fourth longest current streak by a player against one opponent. Jorge Lopez has lost three straight starts, with the last of those coming against the Twins on Wednesday.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/31/2021 thru 6/2/2021
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Minnesota Twins are on a roll against Baltimore, having not lost to the Orioles since 2018.

Minnesota won its 16th consecutive game versus Baltimore on Monday, and the visiting Twins will try to keep their run against Baltimore going when the teams meet again Tuesday night.

According to Stats Perform, the 16-game run is the best current winning streak by one MLB team versus another. The Minneapolis Star Tribune added that the Twins' record for consecutive wins against one team is 17, which adds that much more intrigue to Tuesday's contest.

Truthfully, the opponent hasn't mattered much for Baltimore lately. Monday's loss was the team's 14th straight (tied for second longest in team history) and dropped the Orioles to 5-23 for the month of May.

The Twins edged the Orioles 3-2 on Monday, thanks to two runs in the top of the 10th. Rob Refsnyder scored on an Adam Plutko wild pitch to break a 1-1 tie, and Jorge Polanco added a solo homer later in the inning.

After giving up an RBI double to DJ Stewart to lead off the bottom of the inning, Hansel Robles put runners on first and third with one out but kept the tying run from scoring for his fourth save.

The Twins have been hurt by injuries in recent weeks, and left fielder Trevor Larnach now is day-to-day with a left foot injury after being hit by a pitch Sunday versus Kansas City.

Despite the health issues, however, Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli likes how his team is pushing onward.

"I'm really comfortable with how we're operating right now and how our guys are playing," Baldelli said. "But we'll see how it goes going forward and, hopefully, our guys feel good, continue to feel good, and play good."

Michael Pineda (3-2, 2.62 ERA) gets the start for the Twins on Tuesday. He's 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA against the Orioles in his career.

Rookie left-hander Bruce Zimmermann (2-3, 5.15) goes for Baltimore, and this is going to be his first career appearance against Minnesota.

Right now, the Orioles' problems on offense -- especially with runners in scoring position -- continue.

Baltimore went just 1-for-8 with those situations Monday, the only hit coming on the Stewart double in the 10th that made it 3-2.

During the last eight games, the Orioles are just 5-for-64 with runners in scoring position. That's been a big reason for their troubles, as most of these losses have been close games.

Overall, Baltimore now has dropped 21 of its last 23 games.

The Orioles made a few moves Monday, calling up catcher Austin Wynns -- who struck out in the 10th Sunday -- from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning catcher Chance Sisco back to the same team.

Right now, Baltimore is just trying to stay settled and hope for better results sooner rather than later.

"We've got a good group of guys, some veterans, and we've had some talks and we've tried to talk it out and see what we can do differently," said Ryan Mountcastle, who homered in Monday's loss. "We're going to keep moving forward and try to win the next day."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 1, 2021

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