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Baltimore 3, Minnesota 1

Aug. 15, 2002 at 11:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Melvin Mora snappd a tie with a leadoff homer off Kyle Lohse in the eighth inning Thursday night as the Baltimore Orioles continued their success against the Minnesota Twins with a 3-1 victory.

Baltimore took five of six from the Central Division leaders this season. The Orioles won two of three in the series after sweeping the Twins last week at Camden Yards.

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Since July 1996, the Orioles are 42-12 against the Twins.

Minnesota lost a series at home for the first time since dropping two of three to Atlanta from June 10-12. The Twins lost their first series at home to an American League club since they were swept by the New York Yankees from May 10-12.

Jason Johnson (4-9) earned the win, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts.

Lohse (10-6) yielded two runs and just four hits over seven-plus innings. He was lifted after giving up the homer to Mora.

The Orioles added an insurance run in the ninth on back-to-back doubles by Jeff Conine and Chris Richard off Mike Jackson, who was activated from the disabled list prior to the game.

Buddy Groom tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Jorge Julio recorded the final two outs for his 25th save.

Chris Singleton gave the Orioles the lead with a solo homer in the top of the first. The Twins tied it in the fifth on Torii Hunter's double and Dustan Mohr's RBI single.

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