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Orioles Swept in 10-1 Loss to Twins, Drop Sixth Straight Game

July 08, 2018 - 7:00 pm

By Joe Schiller

The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Baltimore Orioles. Sunday’s season finale against the Minnesota Twins was one to forget, as the Orioles were blown out 10-1 and swept for the second series in a row.

Through the first four innings, it had the makings of a pitcher’s duel between Jake Odorizzi and Alex Cobb but that was short-lived heading into the fifth inning. Mitch Garver’s two-run home run off Cobb to give the Twins a 2-0 lead and the scoring onslaught ensued.

Eduardo Escobar added a two-run homer of his own one inning later to extend the lead to 4-0. Cobb suffered a blister on his right hand, which forced him out of the game. Per MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Cobb said it wouldn’t harm his next outing.

Cobb – the Orioles’ biggest free agent acquisition this past offseason – allowed seven hits and four earned runs in a losing effort. The loss dropped him to a frustrating 2-11 record on the season.

Odorizzi was stout for the opposition on the mound. He picked up his fourth win on the season and kept the Orioles’ batting order quiet through six innings of work.

Following Alex Cobb’s departure, reliever Paul Frye was roughed up on the mound. The Twins scored eight more runs in the inning. Garver’s groundout scored Logan Morrison on an error by Manny Machado, allowing Jake Cave and Jorge Polanco to tack on back-to-back RBI hits. Brian Dozier then smacked a three-run shot to finish out the offensive explosion, giving the Twins a commanding 10-0 lead.

The Orioles sufficed for just seven hits and Chris Davis tacked on a home run to center field in the top of the ninth inning.

With the loss, the Orioles drop to 24-65 on the season. They head back home for an eight-game homestand, starting with a four-game series against the New York Yankees.

Jimmy Yacabonis will take the mound against C.C. Sabathia as first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET from Camden Yards