Ron Washington and Gary Ward hit home runs and Brad Havens and Terry Felton combined on a six-hitter to lead Minnesota to a 6-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles tonight, ending the Twins' 14-game losing streak.
It was the first time the Twins had won since May 18, when they defeated the Orioles, 8-7, in Baltimore.
Havens (2-4) worked the first 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits. Felton relieved with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth and struck out Cal Ripken to end the threat. Felton struck out five more the rest of the way to earn his first save.
Minnesota Manager Billy Gardner said he thought about replacing Felton in the ninth when the Orioles loaded the bases, but kept him in. Felton got Rich Dauer to ground out for the last out, earning a standing ovation from the crowd of 8,517.
"There's no way you could get me out of the game," Felton said. "They'd have to drag me out, scratching and kicking."
"I'm really happy with the reaction of the fans," Gardner said. "It's got to pick you up and they deserved it."
Loser Scott McGregor (6-4) gave up seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Twins scored four runs in the fourth after going hitless through the first three innings.
Washington led off the fourth with his second homer and Tom Brunansky walked. Jesus Vega hit an RBI double one out later and Ward hit a two-run homer that barely cleared the wall in left.
Mickey Hatcher scored Minnesota's fifth run in the seventh. He singled, took second on a passed ball before a run-scoring single by Sal Butera. The Twins' final run came in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Vega.