Twins' Santana shuts out Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Ervin Santana went the distance for Minnesota, and Brian Dozier added a solo home run as the Twins scored a second straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles, winning 2-0 on Tuesday night.
After a slugfest in the series opener Monday -- a 14-7 Twins win -- this game belonged to the pitchers, specifically Santana (7-2) and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy.
Santana allowed a single in the second inning and another in the fifth and nothing more. He retired the final 14 batters he faced, struck out six and walked just two.
He threw his second complete game of the year, the 18th of his career.
Bundy (5-3) was the hard-luck loser, dropping his second consecutive decision despite allowing just two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked three and fanned seven.
However, the young right-hander could not match Santana, who handed the Orioles (25-19) their third straight loss while Minnesota (24-18) scored a third consecutive victory.
Both teams had a good early scoring threat, but the Twins jumped on top with a Byron Buxton RBI single in the fifth. Buxton made a great catch in the previous inning on a Chris Davis bloop.
Dozier gave the Twins their second run with a solo home run off Bundy with two outs in the seventh inning.
The Orioles put a runner in scoring position in just one inning -- the third -- when Jonathan Schoop walked and eventually made it to third base with two outs. Adam Jones flied to left and ended the threat.
Kennys Vargas had two of the Twins' six hits.
NOTES: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that RHP Ubaldo Jimenez is still scheduled to start Sunday but added that the team would see where things are at that time. Jimenez gave up six runs in four-plus innings Monday and is 1-2 with a 7.17 ERA. ... Showalter celebrated his 61st birthday Tuesday. ... Twins manager Paul Molitor said RHP Phil Hughes, placed on the disabled list Monday due to right biceps inflammation, had an MRI exam Tuesday and is scheduled for another test Wednesday. Team officials said later that they were still evaluating the test results.