Brewers 8, Twins 7
A potentially awful road trip turned around quickly for the
Pinch-hitter George Kottaras capped a four-run ninth inning with
a a go-ahead RBI single that gave the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 win
over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
The Twins blew a 7-0 lead that they built on 13 hits in four
innings. They had one hit the rest of the way.
Trailing 7-4, Milwaukee had three straight singles to open the
ninth against closer Matt Capps (2-4). Nyjer Morgan then hit a
two-out double high off the right-field wall to score the tying
”He put a nice pitch low and away and I just happened to get
the sweet spot of the bat on it,” said Morgan, who was a single
shy of hitting for the cycle on his 31st birthday. ”I thought I
put it in the seats.”
Morgan scored when Kottaras’ grounder went through the hole
between second baseman Alexi Casilla and the bag, creating a roar
by the thousands of Milwaukee fans that drowned out the boos of the
”You can’t be successful here pitching up in the zone and
that’s what I was doing today. It’s not acceptable. It sucks,”
said Capps, who blew his sixth save in 19 chances.
Activated off the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day,
Takashi Saito (1-1) needed just 10 pitches – nine strikes – in an
inning of scoreless relief and John Axford pitched the ninth for
his 21st save in 23 chances.
”It was a nice outing for (Saito),” manager Ron Roenicke said.
”I liked the pitches he was throwing. That’s as good as you can do
coming back after that length of time.”
Ryan Braun doubled to extend his hitting streak to 22 games for
the Brewers, who ended a four-game slide. Milwaukee, which was
outscored 22-4 in a sweep at Yankee Stadium earlier this week and
lost 6-2 in Minnesota Friday, is 3-9 in its past 12 road games. The
Brewers are 16-28 away from Miller Park, but 29-11 at home.
”From where we were sitting on this road trip, having a tough
go and a tough go in this game too, putting a four-spot there
against a pretty good closer to seal that win was awesome,” said
Axford. ”You can just feel all the energy in the clubhouse right
Jonathan Lucroy got the Brewers started with an RBI single in
the fifth, Morgan hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Braun had an
RBI groundout off Twins starter Carl Pavano, who allowed eight hits
and three earned runs in 7 2-3 innings.
”I thought this was a really important game to win, and the way
we did it should be a big lift,” Roenicke said.
Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson struggled to find his rhythm,
allowing a career-high 14 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2-3
innings. He gave up two earned runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings
to beat Minnesota in his previous start.
Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia homered on consecutive
pitches with one out in the third for a 3-0 lead.
Narveson retired the first two Twins hitters in the fourth
before Alexi Casilla doubled off the left-field wall. After a walk
to Joe Mauer, Cuddyer, Valencia, Hughes and Repko had RBI singles
to make it 7-0.
”You have to turn the page on it,” Minnesota manager Ron
Gardenhire said. ”It’s frustrating and disappointing because we
had a huge lead and they slowly got back in the game.”
Marco Estrada silenced the Minnesota bats with 2 1-3 innings of
hitless relief before giving way to Saito.
”If the relievers put up zeros you give a good offense a chance
to catch up,” Roenicke said. ”I know we haven’t been doing it.
Today was really nice to see.”
NOTES: Braun left the game in the eighth inning with a strained
left calf. He is day-to-day. … The paid attendance of 41,378 was
the largest regular-season crowd at Target Field. … Minnesota
Lynx stars Candice Wiggins and Maya Moore threw out the first
pitch. Wiggins is the daughter of former big leaguer Alan Wiggins.
… Milwaukee optioned RHP Tim Dillard to Triple-A Nashville to
make room for Saito. … Minnesota LF Delmon Young, on the disabled
list since June 26 with a sprained right ankle, is scheduled to
leave Sunday for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.