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Updated Mar. 4, 2020 10:39 p.m. ET

The Minnesota Twins were confident they would turn around one of the worst starts to a season in franchise history.

Now, they're poised for a five-game winning streak.

The hot-hitting Twins will try to become the latest team to hammer Wily Peralta and send the Milwaukee Brewers to a fourth straight loss Tuesday.

Minnesota (4-9) hit .201 with 14 runs during a season-opening nine-game skid, its worst start since going 0-13 as the Washington Senators in 1904.


The Twins have reversed that trend behind an offense that's batted .321 and scored 21 runs in winning four straight.

Monday's 7-4 victory over the Brewers (5-8) was their best performance at the plate yet, collecting 14 hits in a game that was stopped after six innings following a 2-hour, 6-minute rain delay.

"We knew it would turn," first baseman Joe Mauer said. "Obviously, the first nine games wasn't the way that we planned or hoped to go, but we knew that wasn't going to be the case all year.

"We're glad that it's turning the right direction and hopefully we can keep playing the way we have."

That seems likely with the Brewers' rotation giving up 15 runs and 25 hits in 13 1-3 innings during a three-game slide.

Giving the ball to Peralta (0-3, 10.13 ERA) doesn't appear to be a solution. He's on the verge of opening a second straight season with four straight losses, doing it over five starts with a 4.35 ERA last year and dropping his first three trips to the mound in 2016.

The right-hander was pounded early Thursday, giving up five runs in the first three innings before leaving after the fifth of a 7-0 loss at St. Louis. He threw just 55 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

"Things are not going my way," Peralta told MLB's official website. "I make a bad pitch, they get a hit. I make a good pitch, they still get a hit.

"I have to keep fighting and try to get better in my next (start), because the first three have been terrible. I have to keep my head up and keep working."

Peralta has split two starts against the Twins, posting a 6.30 ERA and failing to reach the sixth inning both times.

He'll get his first look at 29-year-old rookie Byung Ho Park, who has solo homers in two of the last three games. He hit one Monday while adding a single for his first multi-hit game after joining the Twins from the Nexen Heroes in South Korea, where he was league MVP in 2012 and '13.

Minnesota turns to Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.00), who is also getting a fourth crack at win No. 1. However, he's not entirely at fault since he's been backed by three total runs over his last two games after his opening-day outing was cut to two innings due to rain.

The right-hander yielded three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Santana is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts against the Brewers, surrendering 19 hits and three homers in 12 innings. However, his most recent came with Atlanta on May 21, 2014.

This four-game, two-city series shifts to Milwaukee on Wednesday.


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