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Twins aspiring to build on a walk-off victory over the Orioles

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The Minnesota Twins will try to maintain their positive momentum on Saturday against the Baltimore Oriole's in the second installment of their three-game series in Minneapolis.

Twins have won a walk-off victory over Oriole in the series opener on Friday. Byron Baxton belted a two-run home run with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win Minnesota 3-2.

Twins right-handed Joe Ryan was asked how important Baxton's walk-off homer was to the team after a fierce road trip to Cleveland.

Ryan quoted the scene from the famous television series "The Office".

"What is Michael Scott (quote)?" Ryan asked. "Well, well, well. How the turntable."

Meanwhile, Baltimore loses three times in a row and then tries to bounce back.

Oriole's led 2-1 in the 9th inning on Friday, but right-handed Jorge Lopez posted a third blow save with 16 chances. His ERA this season is 1.22, with 37 innings and 39 strikeouts.

Lopez said he wanted to go back to the mound and meet his teammates.

"The team doesn't deserve this," he said. "I feel disappointed with them .... Sure, I'm ready for (Saturday)."

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says Lopez should overweight his shoulders. I said it wasn't.

"He won't be perfect," Hyde said. "He's been close to that so far this year."

Minnesota turned to right-handed Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.17 ERA) for consecutive victories. increase. Gray defeated the Cleveland Guardians on Monday, throwing seven scoreless innings, three hits and three hits on one walk.

This was Gray's last start with Wes Johnson as his pitching coach. Johnson accepted the same role at LSU a day ago and stayed in the Twins for a few more games.

"I was very angry with him today. I was very happy with him today," Gray said after the match on Monday. "I used all the emotions and everything I experienced and used it to infuse it into the game ....

" It's hard. That's what I really intimately. If you know me, I'll be very cautious in accepting people and building relationships in that regard. Wes is the one who was in. "

Twins promoted pitching assistant Pete Maki to the top role on Friday.

With 11 career starts with Baltimore, Gray is 6-5 and ERA is 4.53.

The Oriole's will face right-handed Jordan Lyles (4-7, 4.94 ERA), who is aiming for victory after being defeated in the last two outings. Lyles gave up four runs with six hits in seven innings against his recent start, Chicago White Socks on Sunday.

This is Lyles' third career start for the Twins. In his first two outings, he went 0-0 at 4.76 ERA. He walked three steps and hit 11 in the 11 1/3 inning.

Minnesota is 24 to 17 years old at home this season. Baltimore is 17-26 on the road.

– Field level media