Jeffers HR carries streaking Twins past Orioles;  Sanó having knee surgery, no timeline for return


BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan Jeffers hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the surging Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 for their fourth straight victory.

The Twins have won 12 of 13 to move six games over .500 and into first place in the AL Central, which does not have another team with a winning record. Minnesota has outscored the opposition 63-25 during its 13-game run, including 25-7 during its current win streak.

This game was tied at 2 before the Twins took control in the sixth. Gary Sanchez hit a one-out double off Joey Krehbiel, Trevor Larnich walked and Jeffers followed with a drive over the center-field wall.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on Joe Ryan’s start:

Also announced on Tuesday, Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sanó will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and there’s no timeframe for his return.

Baldelli says the procedure will take place later this week.

Sanó was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.

He sustained the injury on April 26 while celebrating Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over the Tigers, a game decided on the final play. It’s been a difficult season for the 28-year-old Sanó, who’s batting .093 with one home run.

Minnesota will continue their series at Baltimore tonight at 6:05 p.m. on 950 KWAT.