GAME SUMMARY: Bud Norris allowed back-to-back home runs to Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer in the sixth inning as the Orioles lost their third straight to the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Wednesday.
The Orioles (43-42) led 1-0 and Norris (2-9), who relieved Ubaldo Jimenez, gave up a two-run shot to Dozier before Mauer’s homer.
Minnesota (46-39) added two runs in the seventh off Chaz Roe.
Tommy Milone (5-1) allowed one run on five hits.
Manny Machado and Chris Davis had back-to-back home runs in the eighth.
Glen Perkins recorded his league-leading 28th save by retiring the Orioles in order in the ninth.
The Orioles have lost eight of 10.
THE GOOD: Davis had three hits.
THE BAD: The Orioles haven’t been swept in a three-game series since Apr. 21-23 in Toronto.
THE UGLY: Norris allowed two home runs in one inning. It was the second time in his last three outings he’s given up multiple home runs. Before that, he had not allowed more than one.
NOTABLE: Norris had never pitched in Target Field before today. It was the only big league ballpark he’d never pitched in.
NOTABLE II: Christian Walker, who was returned to Norfolk after the game, was 1-for-2 with a walk as the designated hitter.
NOTABLE III: The Twins hadn't swept the Orioles in a series since 2007.
SO-SO: Jimenez pitched five scoreless innings, but allowed seven hits and forced Buck Showalter to use the bullpen earlier than he wanted.
STRANGE PLAY: Jimenez caught Edwin Rosario’s pop up running toward the infield.
COMING UP: After a day off on Thursday, the Orioles and Nationals play three in Baltimore. Neither team has announced its starter.