Dozier’s homer in 10th gives Twins win over Baltimore

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins had just completed four games of battling baseball with the Royals, winning two while losing two in walk-off fashion. On Monday night, it was the Twins' turn to win in walk-off fashion. Brian Dozier -- who earlier in the ...

The Twins’ Torii Hunter and Aaron Hicks dump water on Brian Dozier after his game-winning home run Monday in Minneapolis. Brad Rempel / USA Today Sports

MINNEAPOLIS - The Twins had just completed four games of battling baseball with the Royals, winning two while losing two in walk-off fashion.
On Monday night, it was the Twins’ turn to win in walk-off fashion.
Brian Dozier - who earlier in the day was not named to the AL All-Star team but earned a spot on the Final Vote for a spot - hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Twins a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field.
All of Monday’s runs came on homers, and the Twins moved a game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild-card spot in the American League.
Twins starter Phil Hughes entered Monday tied for the AL lead with 19 home runs allowed. Hughes has limited the damage to mostly solo home runs. Of the 21 home runs he has given up, 15 have been solo blasts. The past eight homers he’s allowed have all been with the bases empty.
That included the two home runs he served up Monday.
Manny Machado hit the second pitch of the game for a homer to right-center to put the Orioles on the board. It was the Machado’s 18th homer of the season.
Torii Hunter answered Machado’s home run with one of his own in the bottom of the inning. Hunter got ahold of a belt-high 0-2 pitch from Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen and drove it an estimated 411 feet to left. Hunter’s 13 homers are second-most on the team. Dozier leads with 17.
Aaron Hicks gave the Twins a 2-1 lead in the second when he hit a Chen pitch an estimated 431 feet into the Twins bullpen. It was the second consecutive game in which Hicks has homered. It was the third straight start in which Chen had given up two home runs.
Hunter likely took pleasure in the blast since he has worked hard to steer the one-time top prospect in the right direction. But Hicks came through in a different way in the fourth.
With a runner on first and two outs, former Twin Chris Parmelee hammered a Hughes pitch toward the bullpens in left-center field. Hughes turned his back to the infield as he sprinted toward the wall. He looked down as he approached the warning track, then stuck out his glove to make an over-the-shoulder catch to end the inning. There was a brief pause among the announced crowd of 23,213 as if fans had to make sure it really happened. It did, and they roared at one of the highlight catches of the season.
Hicks smiled as he high-fived left fielder Eddie Rosario and smiled some more as most of the defense waited in front of the entrance to the dugout to congratulate him as he came off the field.
Just when it looked as if Hicks had put his stamp on the game, Adam Jones got a hold of high Hughes pitch and drove it near the top of the left field foul pole for a game-tying home run in the sixth.
Hughes last 6?1/3 innings, giving up two earn runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Chen held the Twins to two runs over seven innings on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
But Dozier provided the heroics.
After Danny Santana hit a one-out single of Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter in the 10th, Dozier homered into the lower deck in left field.

  • Glen Perkins was named to his third consecutive American League All-Star team on Monday. The Twins closer entered the day with a league-best 27 saves and is 27-for-27 to start the season. He had a 1.31 ERA. Perkins, however, was the lone Twin added to the roster for the Midsummer Classic, which is July 14 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. His teammate, second baseman, Brian Dozier, is one of five “Final Vote” candidates. Dozier entered Monday batting .260 with 16 homers, 26 doubles and 40 RBIs.

If Dozier isn’t voted in, it will be the first time since 2012 (Joe Mauer) that the Twins send just one representative to the All-Star Game.

  • The Twins announced Monday that veteran starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco had surgery to remove a bone fragment in his right ankle. Nolasco hasn’t pitched since May 31, and it’s unknown if he will return this season.
  • Minn.4, Baltimore 2, 10 inn.
  • BAL    ab    r    h    bi    MIN    ab    r    h    bi
  • Machado 3b    4    1    2    1    Dozier 2b    4    1    1    2
    Paredes dh    5    0    0    0    Hunter rf    4    1    1    1
    Jones cf    5    1    1    1    Mauer 1b    4    0    1    0
    Davis rf    4    0    1    0    Plouffe 3b    3    0    0    0
    Wieters c    4    0    3    0    Sano dh    2    0    1    0
    Hardy ss    4    0    0    0    Nunez pr    0    0    0    0
    Parml 1b    4    0    0    0    Rosario lf    4    0    0    0
    Schoop 2b    4    0    1    0    Hicks cf    4    1    1    1
    Lough lf    4    0    2    0    Suzuki c    4    0    0    0
                        Santana ss    4    1    1    0
    Totals    38    2    10    2    Totals    33    4    6    4
    Baltimore     100 001 000 0 - 2
    Minnesota     110 000 000 2 - 4
    LOB-Minnesota 5, Baltimore 7. 2B-Wieters (6). HR-Dozier (17), Hicks (3), Tr.Hunter (13), A.Jones (11), Machado (18). SB-Nunez (4), Schoop (1).
        IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
    Chen    7    4    2    2    3    5
    O’Day    1    0    0    0    0    1
    Tm.Hunter L, 2-2    1 1-3    2    2    2    1    0
    P.Hughes    6 1-3    9    2    2    1    3
    Duensing    2-3    0    0    0    0    0
    Fien    1    0    0    0    0    1
    Perkins    1    0    0    0    0    2
    May W, 5-7    1    1    0    0    0    1
    Inherited runners-scored-Duensing 2-0.
    Umpires-Home, Lazaro Diaz; First, Cory Blaser; Second, Jeff Nelson; Third, Clint Fagan.
    T-2:49. A-23,213 (42,035)
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