Brewers take opener from Twins
By Andrew Wagner
The Sports Xchange
MILWAUKEE – Matt Garza threw a shutout into the seventh and Mark Reyonlds and Jonathan Lucroy homered as the Brewers beat the Twins 6-2 Monday night in an interleague contest at Miller Park.
Signed to a four-year $50 million contract in January, Garza got off to a slow start with the Brewers and hadn't earned a victory since May 5 – going 0-1 with a 4.68 in the four starts since.
Monday, though, Garza (3-4) was in a groove. He gave up six hits and walked two but struck out eight.
Garza was at 100 pitches through six innings but came back out for the seventh and retired shortstop Eduardo Escobar on a fly ball to left.
Center fielder Danny Santana ended Garza's day with a single to left but left-hander Will Smith ended the inning with a double play, preserving the shutout.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, a career .340 hitter in 23 previous games at Miller Park, doubled his first two times up but was left stranded each time as Garza worked around a few early mistakes.
Milwaukee couldn't do much against Twins starter Kyle Gibson, who was perfect through his first three innings but gave up a bunt single to shortstop Jean Segura to lead off the fourth.
Gibson (4-5) also gave up six hits over six innings of work. He didn't walk a batter and recorded one strikeout.
Gibson also picked up his first major league hit, a single off Garza with two outs in the fifth that sparked the Twins' best scoring opportunity to that point.
Second baseman Brian Dozer followed with a double, giving the Twins runners at second and third but Garza struck out Mauer on three straight pitches to get out of it.
Milwaukee doubled its lead in the bottom of the inning.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett led off with a double to right and scored on Reynolds' team-leading 13th home run of the season.
Minnesota finally got on the board in the eighth with three singles against Brewers right-hander Brandon Kintzler.
The Brewers got the run back when Lucroy led off the bottom of the inning with his third homer of the season, capping off a three-hit day.
Rob Wooten gave up three hits in the ninth, leading to the Twins' second run of the night, but lefty Zach Duke recorded the final out for Milwaukee, which has won five of its last six.
Minnesota finished with 12 hits against the Brewers but couldn't cash in, going 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine.
CREW CUTS: Twins OF Sam Fuld has shown improvement after suffering a concussion May 8 and has participated in all baseball-related activities. Fuld is expected to take batting practice Wednesday before Minnesota hosts the Brewers. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 Monday in his second rehab game with Class A Wisconsin. Ramirez will work out Tuesday in Milwaukee and will likely be activated Wednesday when the Brewers travel to Minnesota. ... Twins coach Paul Molitor spent his first 15 major league seasons with the Brewers, who retired his No. 4 in 1999.