Another series win for the Black and Orange, but you can’t win them all.

Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer denied the Orioles’ bid for a four-game sweep with a four-RBI day, including a two-run triple in the sixth and the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth. The Orioles got homers from Nick Hundley and Nelson Cruz (36), but their AL East lead fell to 8 1/2 games.

Jimmy Paredes, an outfielder who’s filling at third base, made a pair of mistakes that led to runs. A poor read by LF Delmon Young followed one of Paredes mistakes and ultimately led to the loss.

Orioles SP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.93 ERA) had his longest start of his young career going 7.1 giving up 5 ER’s while striking out 7. A couple of his fastballs hit 98 MPH and he did throw 70 strikes in is 103 pitch day. He also threw first pitch strike to 24 of the 29 hitters he faced.

Tonight, the Orioles look to get back in the win column as they welcome the Reds of Cincinnati to the Yard for a 3-game inter league series (last one of the year). Stud Bud Norris (11-8, 4.00) takes the ball for the O’s and will be opposed by the Reds Mat Latos (5-3, 3.15). Norris finished August with a 5.33 ERA but still went 3-1 during that stretch. Latos, has never faced the Orioles in his career.

Updated Orioles magic number: 19

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