Twins: Lineup of holes, innings of zeros

The Twins went without several regulars and got a subpar start by Carl Pavano in a lopsided loss to the Orioles.

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BALTIMORE - Twins manager Ron Gardenhire missed even more of his best players Tuesday. Righthander Carl Pavano missed his best stuff.

Being shorthanded in the field and on the mound led to a 11-0 beatdown by the Orioles at Camden Yards. Baltimore dominated the Twins with a 13-hit attack to end an eight-game losing streak. After winning consecutive games for the first time Sunday and Monday, the Twins were reminded why they are 6-11.

"We played a couple pretty good ballgames in a row," Gardenhire said. "[Tuesday] was a clunker."

Gardenhire informed reporters before the game that first baseman Justin Morneau needed another day to recover from a stomach flu and that Delmon Young had sore ribs and was getting ill, too. That meant four regulars were missing from the lineup once again -- Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka are on the disabled list -- and Gardenhire had two players available off the bench in catcher Steve Holm and outfielder Jason Repko.

"The challenges are getting my lineup back in there and getting our guys on the field," said Gardenhire, who hoped to have Morneau available Wednesday. "We've got a few too many holes out there. We need some of our boys to get back on the field."

Still, the Twins thrive on proving they can overcome such situations. But they stranded a runner at second with one out in the first and ended up no match for Orioles righthander Jake Arrieta, who entered the game 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA. The Twins reached third base only twice.

The Twins have scored the fewest runs in the majors and is the only team in the American League to not score at least six runs in a game this season. That streak goes back 23 games, if you care to count the final six games of the 2010 season.

Jim Thome went 0-for-2 on Tuesday, dropping his average to .171.

Michael Cuddyer has a career-worst 16 consecutive games without an RBI.

Pavano has kept the Twins within striking distance in many of his starts over the past couple of seasons. On Tuesday, he needed to be pitching in a league in which an inning lasted two outs.

Pavano (1-2) was charged with seven earned runs over 4 2/3 innings -- all the runs scored with two outs. He gave up three runs in the second inning and one in the fourth after getting two quick outs to start each inning.

Matt Wieters ended his night in the fifth with a bases-clearing double to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead.

"I wasn't seeing the reaction to my pitches that I'm used to seeing, when maybe I'm hiding the ball a little better or when I have better angle on the ball," Pavano said. "So it was kind of a struggle for me all day. I couldn't get a game plan on what to throw with the next pitch, and I second-guessed myself a lot and it cost me a number of times."

Gardenhire sent Joe Nathan to the mound in the eighth as he tries to find his groove a year after Tommy John surgery. Even that backfired, as Vladimir Guerrero crushed a three-run, opposite-field homer.

"You just have to put him out there," Gardenhire said. "It's about him getting innings now."

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