FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his best outing of the spring, while Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the second inning to help lead the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
Jimenez was sharp, especially early, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over four-plus innings with four strikeouts. Twins right-hander Ervin Santana went four innings, but he didn't fare quite as well, giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
"I gave up a couple runs but it was fine," Santana said. "It was good. I'm still working and so I'm happy with my performance."
The Orioles opened the scoring with a two-run blast from Schoop in the second after a one-out single from Steve Clevenger. Baltimore added another run in the third, when Dariel Alvarez led off with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout from Everth Cabrera.
Minnesota got on the board in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Eddie Rosario after Brian Dozier walked and Torii Hunter doubled with one out.
Minnesota made it a one-run game with a run in the fifth, when Eduardo Escobar singled and Josmil Pinto doubled to set the stage for an RBI single from Eduardo Nunez that knocked Jimenez from the game. But the Twins were unable to score again in that frame, as Jordan Schafer flied out to shallow center, Nunez was caught stealing and Joe Mauer grounded out to second base.
Right-hander Logan Verrett was solid in relief for the Orioles, tossing two scoreless frames, including getting out of the jam left by Jimenez. Twins relievers Caleb Thielbar and Casey Fien also threw two scoreless innings.
Up next: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is set to make his third start when the Twins travel to Port Charlotte to face the Rays on Thursday in a 12:05 p.m. CT game that will air on MLB.TV. Right-hander Alex Meyer, ranked as the No. 29 overall prospect by MLB.com, is also scheduled to see action. Other pitchers slated to throw include A.J. Achter and Tim Stauffer, who was recently moved to the bullpen.
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