MLB Twins beat Orioles on walk-off hit for second straight game

Jose Miranda singled in Alex Kirilloff with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins their second straight walk-off win over the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Minnesota tied it at 3 when Jorge Polanco hit a 425-foot homer off Jorge Lopez (3-5) into the bullpen in left-center leading off the bottom of the ninth.

One out later, Kirilloff doubled off the bottom of the fence in left-center and then advanced to third on a broken-bat single by Gary Sanchez. Miranda then followed with a sharp single to left to win it.

The Twins won Friday night’s series opener, 3-2, on Byron Buxton’s two-run homer off Lopez in the bottom of the ninth. Lopez had not allowed a home run in 37 1/3 previous innings before Buxton and Polanco homered in back-to-back at-bats.

Nick Gordon hit a home run and Luis Arraez, Gio Urshela and Gordon each had two hits for Minnesota which won its 12th consecutive game over the Orioles at Target Field, a streak dating back to July 9, 2017. Emilio Pagan (2-3) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 ninth that included two strikeouts.

Anthony Santander homered and Tyler Nevin had an RBI double to lead Baltimore.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Ryan Mountcastle led off with a double and scored two outs later on Nevin’s line double into the gap in right-center.

Santander made it 2-0 in the third when he clubbed his 15th homer of the season, a 375-foot drive into the bleachers in right.

Baltimore extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Rougned Odor opened the inning with a line-drive double over the head of left fielder Alex Kirilloff and then was sacrificed to third by Robinson Chirinos. After Nevin walked, Jorge Mateo drove in Odor with a sacrifice fly.

Minnesota cut it to 3-1 in the seventh on Gordon’s fourth homer of the season, a 410-foot drive to dead center.

The Twins closed to 3-2 in the eighth when Urshela led off with a single and pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino then advanced to third on a double by Arraez. After Buxton struck out, Celestino scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Correa.

–Field Level Media

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