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Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press, Published July 17 2012

VIDEO: Mauer helps Twins beat Orioles

MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer had three hits and an RBI and the Minnesota Twins bullpen pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Mauer had two singles, a double and a walk to improve his batting average to .333, second in the AL behind the Angels’ Mike Trout. Ryan Doumit added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the series against the slumping Orioles.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, but Zach Britton gave up four runs on six hits with a career-high six walks in four innings as the O’s dropped their third in a row to fall 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Jones was at the plate with a runner on in the ninth, but Jared Burton struck him out for his third save.

Alex Burnett (3-2) pitched an inning for the win.

The game was tied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Jamey Carroll and Denard Span reached on back-to-back singles. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s errant throw got past Mark Reynolds at first base on a play that was ruled a hit for Span and an error that allowed Carroll to advance to third.

With new life, Ben Revere’s bloop single gave the Twins a 5-4 lead and Mauer followed with a single that tailed just past a diving Hardy’s glove to make it 6-4.

It’s been quite a bounce-back season for Mauer, who suffered through numerous ailments last season in the first of an eight-year, $184 million contract.

Baltimore Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Markks rf 4 2 3 0 Span cf 3 1 2 0

Hardy ss 4 0 1 0 Revere rf 5 0 1 1

Thome dh 2 1 0 0 Mauer c 4 0 3 1

AdJons cf 5 1 1 3 Wlngh lf 3 1 1 0

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

MrRynl 1b 4 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 0

C.Davis lf 3 0 0 0 Doumit dh 5 1 2 2

Betemt 3b 4 0 2 0 Dozier ss 5 0 1 1

Flahrty 2b 3 0 0 0 JCarrll 2b 4 1 2 1

StTllsn ph-2b 1 0 0 0

Totals 33 4 9 3 Totals 36 6 13 6

Baltimore 100 030 000— 4

Minnesota 000 130 20x— 6

E—Hardy (5), Deduno (1). DP—Baltimore 1, Minnesota 3. LOB—Baltimore 9, Minnesota 14. 2B—Mauer (19), Willingham (22), J.Carroll (11). HR—Ad.Jones (21).

IP H R ER BB SO

Baltimore

Britton 4 6 4 4 6 1

Ayala L,2-3 2Xc 5 2 2 1 2

Strop 1Zc 2 0 0 1 0

Minnesota

Deduno 4Zc 6 4 3 5 5

Gray 1 1 0 0 0 1

T.Robertson Xc 0 0 0 1 1

Al.Burnett W,3-2 1 1 0 0 0 0

Perkins H,11 1 1 0 0 0 3

Burton S,3-4 1 0 0 0 1 1

Perkins pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

Britton pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.

WP—Deduno.

T—3:43. A—32,202 (39,500).