Twins, Nolasco lose 3-0 to Orioles; 4th straight loss

One night after going over five hours in a 12-inning 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, the Twins lost in breakneck speed Friday, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Orioles at Target Field. In a game that took only two hours and 31 minutes (about half the time of Thursday’s loss), the Twins mustered just 4 hits in losing for the fifth time in six games.

· THE TWINS lost to the Orioles tonight for their fourth straight loss and their fifth loss in their last six games…the Twins went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position tonight and are hitting .172 (11-for-64) with runners in scoring position during their current homestand (six games)…the Twins have not homered in four straight games, their longest homerless streak since also going four games without a homer June 23-26, 2013…Minnesota was shutout for just the second time this season tonight, the other time being April 18 at Kansas City (0-5).

· RICKY NOLASCO tossed a season-high 9.0 innings, his 10th career complete game and the first since September 9, 2012 at Washington…it was the Twins first complete game since Andrew Albers did so on August 12, 2013 vs. Cleveland…the Twins are now one of 12 teams in baseball with at least one complete game and one of five teams in the AL…Nolasco allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six in 9.0 innings…the six strikeouts tonight are the most since September 25, 2013 at San Francisco…in two starts at Target Field this season he is 1-0, 2.12 ERA (17.0 IP, 4 ER) with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

· TREVOR PLOUFFE (1-for-4) doubled to lead off the ninth inning, his 12th double of the season…coming into today he was tied for the AL lead in doubles…he has nine extra-base hits in his last 11 games, since April 19 at Kansas City…he is hitting .310 (18-for-58) lifetime against Baltimore.

· EDUARDO ESCOBAR (1-for-2) has a hit in each of his last three starts, batting .600 (6-for-10) with three doubles, two walks and two RBI.

· BRIAN DOZIER (1-for-4) has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, hitting .256 (21-for-82) with six home runs, 10 RBI, 15 walks, six stolen bases and 19 runs scored…he stole his ninth base of the season in the first inning…it was his 32nd career stolen base and 23rd since the start of 2013, the most by any Twin since the beginning of last season.

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