Orioles’ power surge too much for Twins to handle

Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Ryan O’Hearn all smashed two-run home runs as the host Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Henderson finished with three hits and three RBIs and Colton Cowser knocked in two runs as the Orioles stretched their winning streak to three games.

Starter Grayson Rodriguez worked six strong innings for Baltimore, which will go for a sweep of the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Rodriguez (3-0) struck out six and walked three, giving up two runs on four hits.

After giving up a run in the sixth, Rodriguez responded with back-to-back strikeouts to cap his outing.

Twins starter Chris Paddack (0-1) was rocked for nine runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and fanned two.

Ryan Jeffers had two hits for Minnesota. The Twins finished with seven as a team, while the Orioles had 15.

Baltimore began the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on James McCann’s RBI double. Henderson followed with his fifth homer of the season to make it 3-0.

Cowser’s run-scoring groundout in the third came before Westburg launched his fourth long ball of the season, extending Baltimore’s lead to 6-0.

The Orioles have belted three home runs in each of their past four games. However, No. 1 prospect Jackson Holliday hasn’t been able to get in on the fun, and he went 0-for-3 with a run and a walk on Tuesday.

Holliday is now 1-for-22 (.045) to begin his major league career.

The Twins trailed 7-0 before breaking through on Byron Buxton’s RBI triple in the fourth inning. Alex Kirilloff added an RBI single in the sixth.

Baltimore’s Anthony Santander drove in a run with a single in the home half of the sixth. O’Hearn’s two-run blast came in the eighth.

Minnesota, which added a ninth-inning run on Jose Miranda’s RBI single, hit into two double plays for the second night in a row.