Twins 5, Brewers 10
The Brewers blasted three home runs against the Twins as the Brewers scored 10 runs on 13 hits. Aaron Hill hit a go-ahead home run and Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in the four-run seventh inning. Ryan Braun went 2-3 with two walks and scored two runs. Jimmy Nelson gave up 4 runs in 6.2 innings to get his third win of the season.
The Twins traveled to Milwaukee to continue the Border Battle that was started on Monday in Minnesota. The Twins and Brewers split the first two games.
Nelson has been the Brewers’ best starting pitcher up to this point. Nelson came into the game with a 2-1 record with a 2.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts. Scooter Gennett and Braun each had two hits in Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.
Nelson worked around a two-out walk and single for a scoreless first inning. Domingo Santana led off the bottom of the first with a single to left. After Jonathan Villar struck out, Santana was picked off by Tommy Milone. Braun singled, but Lucroy hit a drive to the warning track in center to end the inning.
Once again, Nelson got the first two batters. Kurt Suzuki hit a double to the wall in left, then Milone reached on an infield single. Eduardo Nunez beat the shift for a single to right to drive in Suzuki. Nelson got Brian Dozier to bounce back to the mound for the final out with the Twins leading 1-0.
Braun hit a one-out single to right field. Lucroy hit another drive, but once again it was caught at the track. Carter drove the ball to the left-center field gap to drive in Braun. Aaron Hill grounded out to short, but the game was tied at 1 after four innings.
Ramon Flores singled to right with one out in the bottom of the fifth. After Nelson struck out, Milone walked Santana and Villar to load the bases, prompting Paul Molitor to bring in Michael Tonkin to relieve Milone. Tonkin walked Braun to drive in Flores and give the Brewers the lead. Lucroy smashed a fastball off the wall for a two-run double and runners were at second and third with two outs. Carter struck out to end the inning, but not before the Brewers took a 4-1 lead.
Miguel Sano hit a one-out single and Oswaldo Arcia followed it up with a two-run home run the third deck down the right field line. After Eduardo Escobar popped out to Villar, Eddie Rosario tied the game with a home run to left. Nelson got Suzuki to go down on strikes, but the damage was done and the game was tied at 4.
Hill led off the sixth with a home run over the left field bullpen to give the Brewers the lead again. After Flores drew a one-out walk, Nelson bunted him over to second. Santana grounded out to short to end the inning, but Hill’s shot gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead after six innings.
Dozier had a check swing double over the first base bag and Craig Counsell brought in Carlos Torres to relieve Nelson. Torres walked Mauer and Sano on four pitches each to load the bases. He got Arcia to go down swinging to end the inning and preserve the 5-4 lead.
Braun drew another walk with one out in the seventh. He was off and running on the pitch when Lucroy hit a single to left and scored when Arcia could not handle the ball. Lucroy went to second on the play. Carter hit a line drive over the wall in right-center for a two-run home run.
The Twins brought in Casey Fien to pitch and Hill greeted him with a line drive single to right. Hill stole second with Yadiel Rivera batting to get into scoring position with one out. Rivera moved Hill over to third on a ground out to second. Flores smacked a single past a diving Dozier to drive in Hill. Pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out looking to end the inning, but he Brewers scored 4 runs to open up a 9-4 lead after seven innings.
Blaine Boyer pitched a perfect eighth inning. Santana led off the bottom of the eighth with an opposite field home run to right field. After a Villar single, Arcia robbed Braun of extra bases with a catch at the wall in the left field corner. Lucroy drew a walk, but Carter grounded into a double play. The Brewers led 10-4 going into the ninth.
Tyler Cravy pitched the ninth, giving up just one run as the Brewers won 10-5. They go into the finale against the Twins Thursday with a two-game winning streak.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Polish
|Record for the Week||2-1||0-0|
|Record for the Month||7-8||1-3|
|Record for the Year||7-8||1-3|
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