Wily Peralta hadn’t won in more than a month and after the Minnesota Twins ripped off four runs in the third inning Thursday night at Target Field, things weren’t looking promising for that streak to end.
But the Milwaukee Brewers battled back, with Khris Davis belting a go-ahead homer in the sixth—one of three Brewer homers on the night—and the Crew came away with a split of the four-game, home-and-home series with an 8-5 win.
Peralta (5-5) settled down after the third and earned his first victory since May 2. He had gone winless in his last five starts, losing four of them.
Oswaldo Arcia hurt the Brewers (36-25) on Wednesday and he tried to inflict more damage with his third inning grand slam off Peralta. Arcia homered on back-to-back nights—giving him four on the year—and drove in eight runs in the two games in Minneapolis.
Milwaukee climbed right back into it, however, with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy leading off the top of the fifth with back-to-back singles. Carlos Gomez followed and lined a shot to center off Twins starter Kevin Correia (2-7) for his 12th home run of the year, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
In the sixth, Aramis Ramirez singled to lead off the inning and Davis, after fouling off two straight sliders, got hold of another breaking ball from Correia on the ninth pitch of the at-bat and slugged his 10th home run of the season to right field.
The Twins (28-30) got a run back in the eighth off reliever Will Smith, who was in his second inning of work. With two out and two on, Josmil Pinto grounded a double to left field to score Josh Willingham, who led off the inning with a walk.
In the top of the ninth, Braun clubbed a two-out double and Jonathan Lucroy went the opposite way with a cut fastball from reliever Jared Burton for his fourth homer of the year and an 8-5 Milwaukee lead.
Francisco Rodriguez then set down the side in order in the ninth for his 18th save—his first since May 16.
Peralta worked five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning four. Rob Wooten gave up two hits in a scoreless sixth. Brandon Kintzler gave up a hit and got two outs before being replaced by Smith, who surrendered a run on a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings.
Braun was 3-for-5 to spearhead Milwaukee’s 13-hit attack. Lucroy was 2-for-5 and Overbay, batting in the ninth spot, was 2-for-4. The Brewers also stole three bases, with Segura and Braun each swiping bags.
Milwaukee returns to National League action Friday, heading to PNC Park in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates at 6:05 p.m. Central. Kyle Lohse (7-1, 2.60 ERA) is slated to start for the Brewers against right-hander Brandon Cumpton (0-2, 6.85 ERA), who was roughed up 11 runs, 10 earned, in 3.2 innings at Los Angeles in his last start on Saturday.
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