Brewers blast three homers in victory over Twins
By Dan Myers
The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS — In a battle of the long-ball, it was the Milwaukee Brewers who came out on top. The Brewers blasted three home runs, pounded out 13 hits and scored eight runs in an 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins Thursday at Target Field.
Milwaukee left fielder Khris Davis put the Brewers ahead for good, digging out of an 0-2 hole and capping a 10-pitch battle with Kevin Correia by hitting a two-run opposite-field homer over the wall in left, giving the Brewers their first lead of the night at 5-4 in the top of the sixth.
“That was a big at-bat, coming back from down 0-2, luckily it was a good swing,” Davis said. “That’s where they say I’m going to make my money.”
Minnesota opened up a 4-0 lead in the third inning on a grand slam by right fielder Oswaldo Arcia — his first career slam — and fourth homer of the season.
But the Brewers got three right back in the next half, getting back-to-back singles from right fielder Ryan Braun and Lucroy in front of center fielder Carlos Gomez, who hammered a Correia pitch over the center-field fence for his 12th homer of the season, trimming the Twins’ lead to 4-3.
“Every time he walks to the plate, he’s in scoring position,” Davis said of Gomez. “Just that momentum. Huge at-bat.”
“Huge to get back in the game,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “The grand slam ... it just takes that good feeling out of (the game). And then Gomez comes through.”
After Davis’ blast gave the Brewers the lead, some small ball provided Milwaukee with the winning run when third baseman Mark Reynolds reached on an error, stole a base and scored on a single to left by shortstop Jean Segura.
From there, Milwaukee’s bullpen was just good enough to hold the lead. The Twins got a runner to third base in the sixth and seventh innings but did not score. After catcher Josmil Pinto drove in one with a double in the eighth, shortstop Eduardo Escobar flied out to right with two runners in scoring position to end the inning.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was frustrated with a number of things Thursday, including several base-running gaffes that erased runners and ended innings.
“Some crazy things happened out there,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t even know where to begin. Made some bad pitches, some bad base-running decisions, pretty frustrating game.”
Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy blasted a two-run homer to the opposite field in right to make it 8-5, providing closer Francisco Rodriguez with plenty of insurance. Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning for his 18th save.
“Solo home runs you can withstand,” Gardenhire said. “With people out there on bases, you can’t.”
Brewers starter Wily Peralta (5-5) labored for much of his outing, but he was the winner thanks to Milwaukee’s three-run sixth. With a pitch count in the 80s after three innings, Peralta was able to get himself through five, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out four and worked out of a jam in the fifth, allowing two infield singles to lead off the inning. But after Twins first baseman Joe Mauer lined out to center, Segura threw out second baseman Brian Dozier with a nifty sidearm toss cutting off Gomez’s throw to third after a flyout by Josh Willingham.
That set the stage for Davis in the next half inning.
“It’s a tough one, but I was able to stop it,” Peralta said. “I’m happy with the win. Sometimes, you’re going to have games like that. But when you get the win, you’re always going to be happy.”
Correia (2-7) took the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings of work. His seven losses are the most in the American League and tied for most in the majors.
“That’s a power-hitting team, they have a lot of guys who can hit the ball out of the park,” Correia said. “I just threw a couple of bad pitches. The guys who got on, I felt like I made pretty good pitches, a couple of ground balls. Then to give up the big hit with guys on, hurts.”
CREW CUTS: The grand slam by Twins RF Oswaldo Arcia was the first of his career and first by a Twin since last Sept. 2, when Chris Colabello hit one against Houston. ... The four-run deficit overcome by the Brewers was their largest of the season. ... Arcia left the game in the top of the seventh with a right-ankle sprain after being injured in a run-down following his sixth-inning double. ... The Twins selected high school shortstop Nick Gordon with their first selection (No. 5 overall) in Thursday’s Major League Baseball Draft. Gordon is the son of former three-time All-Star pitcher Tom Gordon and younger brother of Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. ... Milwaukee selected Hawaiian high school LHP Kodi Medeiros with their first selection, No. 12 overall, Thursday. Medeiros is the highest drafted left-handed pitcher in team history and the first Hawaiian prep player selected in the first two rounds since Bronson Sardinha and Brandon League were picked in 2001.