Charmed life

After sweeping four games in Baltimore, the Twins are back in the thick of the AL wild-card race. A 15-2 blowout in Thursday’s opener was followed by three come-from-behind, one-run victories.

 

Friday: Twins 4, Orioles 3

 

Gerardo Parra’s three-run homer gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, but the Twins came back two innings later, scoring three runs off All-Star reliever Darren O’Day.

 

Offensive hero: Kurt Suzuki’s bloop single scored the tying and go-ahead runs.

 

Bullpen: Casey Fien, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen retired the final 11 batters in order.

 

Saturday: Twins 3, Orioles 2

 

After Baltimore went up 2-1 in the sixth, the Twins came right back in the seventh, getting a tying squeeze bunt from Suzuki before Byron Buxton got his first big-league RBI.

 

Offensive hero: Buxton’s two-out single scored Torii Hunter from second.

 

Bullpen: Fien, May and Jepsen combined to give up one harmless single while recording 10 outs.

 

Sunday: Twins 4, Orioles 3 (12)

 

Trevor Plouffe’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning resulted in Zach Britton’s third blown save of the year, and the Twins won on two 12th-inning Orioles errors.

 

Offensive hero: Miguel Sano’s fourth homer of the road trip put the Twins up 2-0.

 

Bullpen: Seven relievers pitched 7⅓ scoreless innings, including winner Glen Perkins.