Yovani Gallardo made two big mistakes Tuesday night and it equaled five runs for the Minnesota Twins, who beat the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park 6-4 in the finale of an eight-game homestand for the Crew.
Gallardo (3-4) was roughed up for six runs on eight hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.
Josmil Pinto tied it for Minnesota (27-29) with an RBI single in the second after some shoddy defense by the Brewers. Trevor Plouffe laced a one-out single to right, moved up to second on a wild pitch that got away from catcher Martin Maldonado and then went to third when Gennett couldn’t come up with Maldonado’s pickoff throw at second.
The Twins broke it open in the third when Josh Willingham followed up a pair of one-out singles with his fourth home run of the year off a hanging slider from Gallardo.
The Brewers closed the gap in the fourth thanks in part to some control problems by Deduno. Khris Davis stroked a one-out single before Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay worked walks to load the bases for Maldonado, who grounded a single through the hole to left for the RBI.
Brian Dozier continued his hot hitting for Minnesota in the top of the fifth, blasting a Gallardo fastball over the wall in left field for his 12th home run of the season and a 6-2 Twins lead. Dozier hit a career-high 18 home runs last season and is two-thirds of the way to that total this year.
The Brewers had a rally cut short in the fifth after Gennett walked and Braun singled with one out. Carlos Gomez bounced into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Milwaukee scratched together a run in the eighth off reliever Casey Fien, however, when Gomez led off the inning with a double, moved up to third on Davis’ long fly ball to center and scored when Overbay served a single into short center field.
The Brewers got their final run off closer Glen Perkins, who still picked up his 15th save. Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks started the inning with a walk and Segura also drew a free pass. Jonathan Lucroy, pinch-hitting for Gennett, hit a slow roller to second to move up the runners and Braun lofted a sacrifice fly to right field. Gomez, representing the tying run, struck out on three pitches to end it.
The Brewer bullpen was almost perfect on the night. Tyler Thornburg worked two scoreless innings, allowing a walk and striking out one. Brandon Kintzler worked a perfect eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out one while retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Deduno got the win for the Twins, working five innings and working around six hits and four walks as
Milwaukee was just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Segura, who was 2-for-4, was the only Brewer with more than one hit; Milwaukee finished with eight hits on the night.
The teams now shift the four-game rivalry series to Minneapolis on Wednesday, with Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.03 ERA) taking the ball for the Brewers against right-hander Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 5.70 ERA). Game time from Target Field is 7:10 p.m.
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