BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club — primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don’t wallow in self pity. Instead, someone else steps up.
On Saturday night, in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles didn’t pitch well and squandered several scoring opportunities but squeaked out another win. And during the contest they made two trades to bolster the roster for the stretch run.
Baltimore broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh when Jared Burton hit Adam Jones with a pitch. Jones moved to third on a one-out single by Nelson Cruz and scored when Chris Davis hit a fly to center.
The bullpen made the lead stand up with Darren O’Day and Zach Britton (30th save) both pitching scoreless innings. The Orioles (78-56) moved eight games up in the American League East after the second-place New York Yankees lost to Toronto.
Baltimore announced two trades during the game. The team dealt two low-level minor leaguers to the Chicago White Sox for left-handed hitting outfielder Alejandro De Aza, and they acquired veteran infielder Kelly Johnson and their former Rule 5 pick, infielder Michael Almanzar, from the Boston Red Sox for Class AAA infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr.
The Orioles also received some good news on one of their own: An MRI exam on first baseman Steve Pearce’s abdomen revealed only a strain. He is considered day-to-day.
On Saturday it was Jimmy Paredes who gave the Orioles an offensive spark, homering with two outs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
However, the Orioles gave the lead back in the seventh. Tommy Hunter allowed a leadoff single to Brian Dozier and Andrew Miller, who had allowed just two of 30 inherited runners to score this season, uncorked a wild pitch to allow Dozier to get to second. He scored on a Joe Mauer single.