- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Melvin Mora hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to lift Jason Johnson and the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 3-1 last night.

Chris Singleton also homered for the Orioles, who have won five of six against Minnesota the last two weeks.

Johnson (4-9) allowed one run, struck out five and walked one in seven strong innings. The right-hander, who lost his previous four starts, improved to 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in five career appearances against the Twins.

One night after blowing a ninth-inning lead, Jorge Julio got two outs for his 25th save in 31 chances.

Kyle Lohse (10-7) gave up just two runs in seven-plus innings for Twins, who lost a home series for the first time since dropping two of three games to the Atlanta Braves June 10-12.

Mora's shot leading off the eighth, his 16th of the season, chased Lohse and gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead.

Chris Richard hit an RBI double off Mike Jackson in the ninth to make it 3-1.

Lohse allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two. Minnesota's lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central was cut to 12½ games.

Singleton hit his seventh homer of the year, a 383-foot shot off Lohse in the first, to give Baltimore a 1-0 lead.

Dustan Mohr's RBI single off Johnson in the fifth tied it at 1. Torii Hunter led off with a double and moved to third on Doug Mientkiewicz's groundout. After a hit batsman put runners at the corners, Mohr lined a single to left.

Wednesday's late game

Geronimo Gil homered with two outs in the 14th inning to lift Baltimore over Minnesota.

Gil connected off Tony Fiore (9-3) for his ninth homer of the year and first since June 18. Melvin Mora singled, doubled and tripled for the Orioles, who improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games.

Rick Bauer (6-4) pitched four innings of scoreless relief, retiring Torii Hunter on a grounder with a runner at third to end it after 4 hours, 33 minutes.

Jacque Jones had three hits and scored three runs for the Twins, who have a 13-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

Minnesota's Brad Radke pitched well for the third straight start but remained winless since coming off the disabled list Aug. 3. He allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

Trailing 4-3, Baltimore scored twice in a wild ninth inning. But the Twins came back to tie it with an unearned run.

With one out, Jones reached on second baseman Jerry Hairston's two-base throwing error. He advanced to third on Cristian Guzman's flyout to center and scored when Corey Koskie singled off Jorge Julio, shattering his bat on the hit.

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