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Jones homers to back Hunter, Orioles top Twins 2-1

10:32 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning against Francisco Liriano and the Baltimore Orioles hung on to beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Josh Willingham's home run in the fourth was all Minnesota could manage against Tommy Hunter (4-4), who returned to Baltimore's stumbling rotation with a solid performance that lasted one out into the eighth inning.

Liriano (3-9) recovered after giving up the ball Jones crushed into the back of the second deck in left field, striking out 10 batters in six innings. His 25 strikeouts over his last two starts are a career best for consecutive outings, and this was only the third time he's posted consecutive double-digit strikeout totals.

Hunter was slightly better, limiting the Twins to six hits.

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