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Tyler Wells wins 6th straight decision, Orioles beat Twins 3-1


MINNEAPOLIS— Tyler Wells took a no-hitter bid in the fifth inning for the second straight start and earned his sixth straight decision as he led the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Sunday.

Wells (7-4) hit a career-high seven, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. He’s 6-0 with a 1.89 ERA in seven starts since a May 25 loss to the New York Yankees.

The 27-year-old right-hander, led by Baltimore from Minnesota in the 2020 Winter Meeting Draft, has allowed a run or none in each of his last four starts.

“I think the most fun is playing against the guys I’ve found,” Wells said. “I have a lot of really strong feelings for those guys. I care about them a lot. So but being able to go out there and compete against them is always fun.”

Rougned Odor gave Baltimore the lead when he started the fifth inning with his eighth home run. Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth off Devin Smeltzer (4-2), who allowed six hits in six innings.

Smeltzer, who played with Wells in Double-A, allowed 10 homers in the last 32 1/3 innings after allowing none in his first 24 innings.

“Some things start to click a bit with the fastball,” Smeltzer said. “It’s been hit or miss on some of the reporting this year. It’s been down a bit. We’re working on some things, but I had some swings and misses today, so I just have to keep working.”

Dillon Tate made his second save of the season as the Orioles won the series finale after the Twins ended the first two games on hits.

“Our pitchers kept us in the ball game today and really the whole homestand,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “They gave us chances to win even when we didn’t put in points early. In those big moments, we succeeded on several occasions.”

Wells, who was a reliever last season, didn’t give up a hit until Nick Gordon doubled with one out in the fifth. The Twins scored in the sixth after Gilberto Celestino walked to the top of the inning and came home on Jorge Polanco’s single.

“It just feels like we’re running down the pitch for a few minutes and then coming back every time,” Mountcastle said. “I love it. He throws really well, hits in the area and attacks guys, which is huge.”

WHO KNEW?

Wells had missed two seasons due to Tommy John surgery when he was left unprotected by Minnesota in the winter meeting draft. He wasn’t even Baltimore’s first selection. The Orioles took right-hander Mac Sceroler in the first round.

“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable, and he hadn’t pitched two years before,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “What he did last year was amazing and now what he is doing this year is even more so. So we are all delighted with him.”

REDEMPTION

Celestino made a mistake in the first, dropping a routine fly ball into center field. He later made a running catch into the spread for a hit in the third and threw a runner to the plate in the fourth.

Odor dropped the ball on a transfer from his glove in the first for an error and followed with his home run to open the scoring.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Mancini was in the lineup a day after being hit in the right elbow by a pitch Saturday. Mancini has also been shot in each of his hands in recent weeks.

Twins: C Ryan Jeffers was feeling better and he was available if needed after sustaining a right thumb contusion in Friday’s game and being held off Saturday. … RHP Trevor Megill (right shoulder impact) pulled one back and threw nine pitches in four perfect innings for Triple-A St. Paul against Omaha on Saturday and is set to join the Twins on the next trip.

NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (2-1, 1.29 ERA) will start for Baltimore on Monday against Texas. The Orioles return home after a 10-game road trip with Kremer, who has three consecutive scoreless starts with at least five innings. Rangers are expected to start RHP Dane Dunning (1-6, 4.09).

Twins: Dylan Bundy (4-4, 4.71) will start Game 1 of three on the road against the Chicago White Sox. Bundy pitched five scoreless innings in a start against Chicago on April 23. The White Sox have RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 3.33) lined up to start.


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