BALTIMORE (AP) -- After watching Daniel Cabrera shut down his team's potent offense, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was thankful for one thing -- that he didn't have to step into the batter's box against the Baltimore Orioles' right-hander.
Cabrera outpitched Carlos Silva, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in two runs and Baltimore ended the Twins' four-game winning
streak with a 3-0 victory Monday night.Cabrera (2-2) allowed three hits, had a career-high 11 strikeouts and walked two in eight innings. He permitted only two runners past first base and had at least one strikeout in every inning but the fourth."That's nasty stuff. I'm glad I wasn't hitting," Gardenhire said. "Then I would have been frustrated. I think our hitters were frustrated."Following Michael Cuddyer's single in the second, Cabrera retired 13 straight before a leadoff walk to Justin Morneau in the seventh. Torii Hunter followed with a single before Cabrera struck out Jacque Jones, Terry Tiffee and Cuddyer."You've got to tip your hat to the way he threw the ball tonight," Cuddyer said. "It was 99 mph with an 89 mph slider, and he was throwing strikes."Cabrera retired the side in order in the eighth and B.J. Ryan
followed with a perfect ninth to complete the three-hitter and earn his eighth save in eight chances.Minnesota had scored 33 runs during its four-game streak and reached double figures in hits in six straight games, but Cabrera and Ryan combined to hand the Twins their first shutout since July 11."I can say yes, that was my best game," Cabrera said. "I felt really strong. Really strong."In his previous outing, Cabrera limited Toronto to one run on four hits in eight innings."The way he pitched last game, you expect him to come out and do the same thing," Tejada said, "and he did it."Silva (2-1) had won six straight decisions since Aug. 13. He gave up three runs and nine hits in seven innings but was no match for Cabrera."To be honest with you, the first couple innings that I saw that guy pitch, I said, 'It's going to be a hard game today.' It was like nobody is going to hit that guy," Silva said. "I think that I threw the ball very good, but he threw the ball better than me. There's nothing we can do."Silva couldn't handle Tejada, who went 3-for-3 against the right-hander. Tejada doubled in a run in the third inning and hit his 200th career homer leading off the sixth to put Baltimore ahead 3-0."Tejada's on everything. We threw one up and in, and he hit it down the right field line," Gardenhire said. "Then we threw one down and in, and he hit it 18,000 miles into the left-center field seats."Needing a triple for the cycle, Tejada popped out against Matt Guerrier in the eighth. By that time, however, Baltimore already had enough runs to ensure its 12th win in 15 games -- thanks to Cabrera."Oh boy, was he good tonight," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He's a power pitcher, but he threw some nasty curves. He was locked in."Orioles right fielder Sammy Sosa sat out a fourth straight game with an abscess in his left foot. Baltimore is 3-1 without him.The Orioles went up 2-0 in the third. Jay Gibbons hit a leadoff single and scored on a grounder by Melvin Mora, who stole second and came home on a two-out double by Tejada.Tejada hit his team-high 10th home run of the season in the sixth, a drive that traveled an estimated 425 feet."It seemed like a lot farther than that," Mazzilli said.
Hunter returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a sore groin. He went 1-for-4. ... The Twins' run of eight straight games with a homer ended. ... Orioles pitchers are 12-4 with a 2.69 ERA over the last 16 games.