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Dave Campbell / AP Sports Writer, Published May 07 2010

Bergesen, Orioles keep Twins at bay

MINNEAPOLIS – Brad Bergesen brought much-needed calm to a Baltimore Orioles team that could sure use some order.

Bergesen’s sinker was at his best for last-place Baltimore and Ty Wiggington hit his 10th homer, just one short of his total last season, in a damp 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.

“I’m to the point at my mental state that I’m getting back to even keel,” said Bergesen, who worked 6Xc innings after failing to last past the fifth inning in each of his first four starts.

Carl Pavano (3-3) dropped his second straight eight-inning, two-run performance, the tough-luck loser both times the Twins have been shut out this year. He went right at the free-swinging Orioles, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes, but Wigginton smacked on a hanging slider into the left-field seats in the second inning. He is second behind Chicago’s Paul Konerko (12) on the American League home run list.

“What are you going to do?” Pavano said. “You’ve got to tip your hat sometimes to the other pitcher.”

Bergesen (2-2) scattered six hits and two walks. Will Ohman relieved him and walked Justin Morneau to load the bases, but blew strike two and three past Jim Thome to end the seventh.

Alfredo Simon pitched the ninth for his third save to finish the game in 2 hours, 17 minutes, a brisk pace the sellout, umbrella-armed crowd of 38,489 didn’t mind at all.

Bergesen was a big part of the speed of the game, getting ground ball after ground ball.

“That’s not only the best I’ve seen him pitch, that’s probably the most relaxed I’ve seen him,” manager Dave Trembley said, adding: “He’s a guy we count on. He was our best last year as far as quality starts.”

Bergesen went 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19 starts last year as a rookie for the Orioles, before his season was cut short at the end of July by a scary line off the shin. The right-hander then hurt his shoulder before spring training throwing too hard too soon while he filmed a commercial for the team.

His first four starts couldn’t have been much worse, with 15Zc innings, 28 hits and 24 runs allowed and a 12-day stint in the minors in between.

Baltimore Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

AdJons cf 4 0 0 0 Span cf 5 0 2 0

Markks rf 3 0 1 0 OHudsn 2b 4 0 0 0

Wieters c 3 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 2 0 1 0

MTejad 3b 3 1 2 0 Thome dh 3 0 0 0

Wggntn 2b 4 1 2 2 Cuddyr rf 4 0 0 0

Lugo pr-2b 0 0 0 0 Kubel lf 4 0 1 0

Atkins dh 4 0 1 0 WRams c 4 0 1 0

RHghs 1b 4 0 1 0 Casilla ss 4 0 1 0

Reimld lf 3 0 0 0 Punto 3b 3 0 0 0

CIzturs ss 3 0 0 0 DlmYn ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 31 2 7 2 Totals 34 0 6 0

Baltimore 020 000 000–2

Minnesota 000 000 000–0

E–R.Hughes (1). DP–Minnesota 3. LOB–Baltimore 5, Minnesota 10. 2B–Span (5). HR–Wigginton (10). SB–Lugo (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Baltimore

Bergesen W,2-2 6Xc 6 0 0 2 0

Ohman H,5 Zc 0 0 0 1 1

Uehara H,1 1 0 0 0 0 1

Simon S,3-3 1 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Pavano L,3-3 8 6 2 2 3 8

Guerrier 1 1 0 0 0 1

T–2:17. A–38,489 (39,504).