MLB: Baltimore 4, Minnesota 1

Aug. 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former Twin J.J. Hardy belted a tie-breaking homer and Zach Britton turned in a strong start Monday in the Baltimore Orioles' 4-1 win over Minnesota.

Hardy, who was let go by Minnesota as a free agent after last season, connected for a solo blast in the fifth inning to put Baltimore ahead 2-1.

Matt Wieters added a solo shot in the sixth for the Orioles, who took the opener of a four-game series.

Britton (7-9), who came off the disabled list before the game, yielded one run on six hits and overcame four walks to end a personal five-decision losing streak.

The left-hander, who landed on the DL Aug. 5 with a left shoulder strain, logged his first win since June 8, a stretch of eighth starts. Kevin Gregg tossed a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

Minnesota's Carl Pavano (6-10) yielded four runs on nine hits over seven innings.

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