Orioles defeat Twins 3-1

2:47 PM, Apr 8, 2012   |    comments
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BALTIMORE - Jason Hammel took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his Baltimore debut, and the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Hammel (1-0) faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings, allowing two walks, before Justin Morneau ended the no-hit bid with a leadoff double off the right-field wall in the eighth. The crowd of 14,738 stood in appreciation of Hammel's performance, and although his shot at making history was over, the right-hander still had a 3-0 lead to protect.

Josh Willingham followed with an RBI double and Sean Burroughs drew a one-out walk before Hammel finished by striking out Luke Hughes and retiring Ben Revere on a fly to right. Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his second save and complete the two-hitter.

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