Francisco Liriano roughed up as Twins lose 7-3
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In his worst start of the season to date, Liriano allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in six innings, as the Twins lost 7-3 to the Baltimore Orioles in game one of a split doubleheader. Liriano struck out three and walked one while throwing 94 pitches.
He wasn't exactly roughed up, as the box score might indicate, but instead was peppered by paper cuts.
After the Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a Justin Morneau two-run homer, the Orioles tied it 2-2 with a Nick Markakis two-run bloop single in the third.
Baltimore then strung together a double, a walk, and four consecutive singles -- two that never left the infield -- in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Michael Cuddyer's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Orioles scored two more runs off Twins' RHP Alex Burnett with an RBI double by Ty Wigginton in the seventh, and an RBI single by Adam Jones in the eighth.
Baltimore (9-21) entered Saturday with the worst record in baseball, but the Twins have scored only three runs through the first two games of the series.
The temperature lingered in the mid-40's throughout the game, with light rain falling sporadically.
Game two of today's day/night doubleheader begins at 7:10, with RHP Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.15 ERA) facing Scott Baker (3-2, 5.35 ERA)