Joe Mauer is back.

After an injury marred 2011, he's keeping himself in the lineup, he's a candidate for another batting title, and he's catching like a Gold Glover again.

Those truths became apparent to anyone who kept their eyes from glazing over Tuesday night, as the Twins defeated the Orioles 6-4 at Target Field after the starting pitchers combined to walk 11 batters over the first five innings.

In a 3-hour, 43-minute game, Mauer just kept doing his thing -- getting hits, getting on base, handling the Twins pitching staff. He mixed in his best defensive play of the year and added a milestone hit.

"Oh well, it's Joe again," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He can flat-out hit. Bottom line, the guy can hit."

Mauer wasn't the only reason the Twins won their second game in a row over Baltimore. Their bullpen combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings, and Ben Revere's two-out, RBI single in the seventh scored the go-ahead run, but this was definitely a vintage Mauer performance.