- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 18, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro hit his 548th homer to tie Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the career list, and Larry Bigbie had a career-high seven RBI to lead the Baltimore Orioles over Minnesota 11-2 last night and stop the Twins’ longest winning streak of the season at nine.

Bigbie had an RBI double in the fifth, then capped a pair of five-run innings with a three-run double in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh.

Sidney Ponson (11-14) won for the eighth time in 10 decisions, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings. Baltimore had been the previous team to beat Minnesota, on Sept.6, and is 51-23 against the Twins since 1996.

Palmeiro’s two-run homer off Terry Mulholland (5-9), a drive off the facing of the upper deck in right, put Baltimore ahead 3-2 in the sixth. Palmeiro reached 20 homers for the 14th straight season, matching a feat previously accomplished by Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Eddie Mathews and Schmidt.

Mulholland gave up a single to Javy Lopez and was replaced by Jesse Crain. B.J. Surhoff singled, Jay Gibbons walked and Bigbie doubled for a 6-2 lead.

Twins left fielder Shannon Stewart bruised ribs on the play after his left foot caught a bullpen mound and he fell headfirst across the mound and landed against the fence. He was helped to his feet by teammates and left the field under his own power. The Twins said he was day to day.

Lopez hit an RBI single in the seventh off Grant Balfour. Surhoff singled in a run against Joe Beimel, and Bigbie homered.

Bigbie drove in the Orioles’ first run in the fifth with a two-out RBI double. The Twins went ahead in the bottom half on Michael Cuddyer’s solo homer and Shannon Stewart’s RBI groundout.

Notes — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was back in the dugout after missing two games with the flu. … The runs allowed by Crain ended his scoreless streak at 152/3 innings. … Hunter extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single. … Bigbie has hit safely in 12 of 14 games since returning from the DL on Sept.1.

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