Pearce, Young power O's to win vs. Twins

Pearce, Young power O's to win vs. Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Steve Pearce and Delmon Young homered to help lead the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the split-squad Twins on Saturday at Hammond Stadium.

It was the fourth homer in the past week for Pearce, who connected on the three-run blast in the second inning off left-hander Tommy Milone, who is competing for the final spot in Minnesota's rotation. Pearce's shot to left field with two outs scored Caleb Joseph and Paul Janish. Joseph brought home the first run of the inning for Baltimore with a one-out double to center field.

Milone settled down after the rocky frame and went four innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Young's solo homer came in the fifth inning off Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was making his Grapefruit League debut after missing time with a mild right oblique strain. It was the first homer of the spring for Young, and it came on a slider from Perkins.

Young's solo blast

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez gave up two runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out four.

"I felt great. I executed my pitches," Gonzalez said. "That's been an issue with my [splitter]. I definitely was happy with it this time. My fastball command was very good. [Joseph] did a great job [behind the plate] and made some nice plays. Overall, I know I didn't go five innings, but I got my work in, and that's what really matters."

The Twins opened the scoring in the first inning after loading the bases with nobody out following singles from Danny Santana, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. But Torii Hunter grounded into a run-scoring double play before Oswaldo Arcia flied out to center field to end the inning.

Minnesota scored again in the third on an RBI double to right field from Mauer. Kurt Suzuki gave the Twins another run with an RBI double in the sixth off lefty T.J. McFarland.

Up next: The Orioles return home to Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday to host the Cardinals (1:05 p.m. ET, Gameday Audio). Right-hander Bud Norris will get the start for Baltimore against St. Louis' John Lackey. It's been a rough spring in terms of results for Norris, who has surrendered at least three earned runs in each of his three starts, including Tuesday against the Twins, when he increased his workload to four innings. Overall, Norris has allowed 10 runs on 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings, serving up four homers.

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.