Twins scramble to a 10-inning victory over Orioles in Baltimore


Gail Burton, Associated Press

The Twins' Rob Refsnyder safely slid across the plate in the 10th inning as Orioles pitcher Adam Plutko tried to cover home after his wild pitch, leading to the Twins' 3-2 victory Monday.

BALTIMORE – We should all have Jose Berrios' outlook on baseball, on pressure, on life. Feel like swearing when the Twins leave multitudes of runners on base all afternoon? Want to throw heavy objects at your TV when they give back a run on the first pitch of the 10th inning? Can't help averting your eyes when they put the tying and winning runs on base with only one out?

"Not really," Berrios said chirpily after the Twins' 3-2 victory over the Orioles in 10 innings Monday at Camden Yards. "That's the inning I was eating a banana."

Nobody deserved a job-well-done snack more than the righthander, who allowed only one Orioles batter to reach third base all day (albeit during a home run trot), and faced a batter in the ninth inning for only the third time in his career. But Berrios' brilliant day - "He was magnificent, I told him that," manager Rocco Baldelli gushed - only brought the rest of the Twins' fingernails-on-chalkboard habits into sharper relief.


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