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Twins fall short again

(Associated Press) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, left, throws to first to complete a double play as Jason Kubel of the Minnesota Twins is forced out at second base on a ground ball hit by Michael Cuddyer during the third inning Wednesday night in Baltimore.

By David Ginsburg, AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters and Vladimir Guerrero homered, Adam Jones drove in two runs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the light-hitting Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Wednesday night.

The Orioles led 5-1 after three innings, an almost insurmountable lead against a team that ranks last in the majors in runs. Minnesota is the only club in baseball that has not yet scored more than five runs in a game this season.

Wieters' two-run drive gave him six RBIs over a two-game span. Guerrero's homer was his second in two games and third this year.

Baltimore rookie Zach Britton (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out three in helping the Orioles win a second straight after an eight-game skid.

Kevin Gregg worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

Michael Cuddyer homered for the Twins and Danny Valencia went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. But last-place Minnesota fell to 6-12.

Nick Blackburn (1-3) yielded five runs and seven hits in seven innings. He's 11-27 in 56 career road games compared to 22-12 at home.

Minnesota was again without Justin Morneau and Delmon Young, both of whom are battling the flu. Morneau has missed four straight games, Young hasn't played since Monday and the short-handed Twins also have gone eight consecutive games without injured Joe Mauer (leg).

Cuddyer led off the second inning with his first homer, increasing Minnesota's major league-low total to six. The Twins then put runners at second and third with two outs before Matt Tolbert popped out.

Baltimore took control with four runs in the bottom half. After Jones doubled in two runs, Wieters hit a drive into the center-field bleachers. Wieters is 6 for 6 with 10 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

Guerrero connected in the third for a 5-1 lead.

Valencia came through with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth and added a two-out RBI single off Koji Uehara in the eighth.

NOTES: Baltimore's Nick Markakis broke a 1-for-21 skid with a third-inning single. ... Valencia is 10 for 21 lifetime against Baltimore. ... Minnesota's Jim Thome went 0 for 2 with two walks, lowering his batting average to .163. ... Baltimore has won two of three in the series that concludes Thursday, meaning the Twins have gone six series this year without winning one. By

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