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Belle homers to help O’s slip by Twins

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Orioles 6, Twins 5

BALTIMORE — Albert Belle ended the longest homerless drought of his career with his first homer in 109 at-bats since June 29 as the revamped Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Monday night.

Carlos Casimiro doubled in two runs in his first major league at-bat for the Orioles, whose new-look lineup has produced three straight wins.

Baltimore capped a four-day flurry of trades by sending left fielder B.J. Surhoff to Atlanta and dealing first baseman Will Clark to St. Louis.

Sidney Ponson (6-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings, and Mike Trombley got three outs for his third save.

Juan Romero (0-1), making his first major league start, allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

ATHLETICS 6, BLUE JAYS 1: At Oakland, Calif., David Wells lost on the road for the first time this season as Tim Hudson pitched Oakland over Toronto.

Wells (16-4), who leads the majors in victories, had been 10-0 on the road this year. Overall, he had won 13 in a row away from SkyDome since Sept. 7, 1999, when he lost at Seattle.

ANGELS 5, TIGERS 4: At Anaheim, Calif., pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, and Tim Salmon also homered in the ninth as Anaheim stunned Detroit closer Todd Jones.

RED SOX 8, MARINERS 5: At Seattle, Jason Varitek hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as Boston rallied to beat Seattle.