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MIN@BAL: Span runs down Vlad's deep drive in center

BALTIMORE -- Maybe it was just one of those nights.

Injuries, the flu and other problems robbed Twins manager Ron Gardenhire of much of his bench before the game Tuesday night. The lineup had holes for similar reasons, but Minnesota hoped it could get by against a slumping Orioles team stuck in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

But the Twins found new problems during the game. Starter Carl Pavano repeatedly ran into trouble with two outs. The bullpen found similar difficulties, as the Orioles scored all of their runs with two outs in an 11-0 rout of the Twins before 12,045 at Oriole Park.

The Orioles scored three in the second, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in eighth -- all of which came with two outs, something that left Twins manager Ron Gardenhire shaking his head.

"That's a lot of runs with two outs," Gardenhire said.

Pavano ran into all kinds of difficulty with two outs, especially against Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts. Wieters hit an RBI single in the second and a three-run double in the fifth. Roberts caused almost as much trouble with a two-run single in the second and an RBI double in the fourth.

Pavano gave up eight runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He came into this game with a 2.75 ERA against Baltimore in nine starts.

"You have to be able to finish off innings," Gardenhire said. "[He] didn't get it done. Just not a good night for him to finish off hitters."

Pavano twice retired the first two batters of an inning before giving up runs. That's what happened in the second, when the two key hits from Roberts and Wieters gave the Orioles an early 3-0 lead.

The same thing happened in the fourth. That's when Pavano (1-2) again got the first two batters before hitting Wieters and giving up a single to Robert Andino -- the bottom two hitters in the Baltimore lineup. Roberts followed by pulling a double down the right-field line to score Wieters and give the Orioles a 4-0 lead.

The Orioles threatened early in the fifth, but it was a Wieters three-run double off the scoreboard in right field that made it 7-0, ending Pavano's night.

"I was just looking to get something up in the zone because I saw in [Luke Scott's] at-bat, what he would do with him on 3-2, where he threw him the changeup," Wieters said. "So I was just trying to make sure I got something up, and I had that in the back of my mind, where if it started down maybe I'd just let it go and take the walk and get one of them in there."

Pavano said he was battling himself all night long and never felt comfortable.

"I made some good pitches, but not many," he said. "I never really got into a good rhythm. I just felt like they had a good feel for my stuff."

The Orioles got another run in the fifth on an error with two outs, and Vladimir Guerrero added a three-run homer off Joe Nathan in the eighth with two down.

Gardenhire said this is just a time when Nathan is going to have to work his way through the problems. The right-hander's ERA jumped to 11.37 after giving up the three runs in one inning.

"He's going to have to come out and find a way to motivate himself and pitch and get the ball where he wants to," Gardenhire said. "He's experimenting with a lot of different things right now, so he's going to have to keep battling through it, and then we'll get him back out there again and again until he finds his release point and all those things, and gets comfortable with what he needs to do."

The other problem was that the Orioles came up with timely hits, going 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. But the Twins finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

They caused trouble for Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta (2-1) throughout his six-inning stint, but the young right-hander kept escaping. In addition, Gardenhire couldn't make a lot of moves since he was down to just two players on the bench.

He was missing Justin Morneau (flu) and Delmon Young (flu and rib injury), and wasn't able to use closer Matt Capps (a day of rest). And since Jim Hoey pitched Monday, Gardenhire wouldn't use him for more than one hitter.

"It's just one of those days," Pavano said. Comments