Ubaldo looks sharp, Schoop goes yard vs. Twins

Ubaldo looks sharp, Schoop goes yard vs. Twins

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 felt good about what I did out there," Jimenez said. "I was able to have good command of the fastball and the breaking ball. My slider was good. My split was good, too."

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: Chris Tillman will take the mound at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET as the Orioles host the Pirates. Pittsburgh will send righty Radhames Liz to the hill.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.