BALTIMORE (AP) - So much for Minnesota's first winning streak of the season.
Carl Pavano couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, and the last-place Twins managed only six hits Tuesday night in an 11-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
The defeat ended Minnesota's modest run of consecutive victories at two.
Every run the Orioles scored came with two outs, including eight against Pavano (seven earned). The right-hander gave up eight hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings.
``It was just one of those days. My ball seemed pretty flat. It didn't have much movement,' Pavano said. ``It was a battle all night. I didn't have great stuff coming out of the pen and never got into any rhythm.'
Pavano (1-2) didn't get much support from an offense that was without three key players.
Delmon Young and Justin Morneau were held out after experiencing flulike symptoms. Morneau has missed three straight games and Young, who also has a sore rib cage, sat out his first game of the year.
Plus, Joe Mauer is on the disabled list, which left manager Ron Gardenhire with very few options.
``Right now, the challenge is getting my lineup out there, to get my guys back on the field,' Gardenhire said. ``We've got a few too many holes out there. We need our boys to get back on the field. Whether we're going to be able to do that (Wednesday), I'm not positive.'
Matt Wieters had four RBIs, Vladimir Guerrero homered, and the Orioles reached season highs in runs and hits (13) in breaking an eight-game losing streak.
``We know what Pavano's got - he's a pitcher that pitches,' said Adam Jones, who had two hits and scored twice. ``We just got him out of his rhythm and were able to scrape away some runs with two outs. That's big.'
As the hip-hop music blared in the clubhouse, Jones and the Orioles looked ahead to better times.
``We've got a winning streak of one right now,' he said. ``When was that eight-game losing streak? It's out of my mind.'
Wieters delivered an RBI single in the third inning, a three-run double in the fifth and scored a career-high three runs.
Guerrero's second homer of the season, an opposite-field shot to right, came with two on in the eighth inning on a 3-1 pitch from struggling Twins reliever Joe Nathan.
``You just have to put him out there. It's about him getting innings right now,' Gardenhire said. ``He's going to have to come out and motivate himself and find a way to pitch and get the ball where he wants to.'
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta (2-1) allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four over six innings. It was the second time in 22 career starts that he did not allow a run.
``He's got a great arm and a great breaking ball,' Gardenhire said. ``That changeup was unhittable at times tonight. He's also got a great fastball - 90-92 with great movement.'
Then again, Arrieta was facing a Minnesota team that ranked 30th in the majors in runs.
In the second inning, Baltimore scored three runs after Pavano got two quick outs. Jones started the uprising with an infield hit, Mark Reynolds walked on four pitches and Wieters delivered an RBI single. Then, after Robert Andino walked to load the bases, Brian Roberts bounced a two-run single up the middle.
The Orioles struck again in the fourth after Pavano retired the first two batters. Wieters was hit by a pitch and Andino singled before Roberts doubled in a run for a 4-0 lead.
Baltimore pulled away with a four-run fifth. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, Wieters worked the count full before hitting a double off the right-field scoreboard. After Pavano was pulled, Wieters scored on a throwing error by shortstop Alexi Casilla.
NOTES: Wieters is 5 for 5 with 8 RBIs this season with runners in scoring position. ... Young's absence means Danny Valencia and Jason Kubel are the only Twins to play in every game. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis went 0 for 4 and only one hit in his last 20 at_bats. ... Andino had three hits for his third straight multihit game.
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