Brewers slug their way past Twins
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy all belted home runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins that completed a four-game, home-and-home set.
Gomez's three-run blast in the fourth inning and Davis' two-run shot in the sixth enabled Milwaukee to overcome an early 4-0 deficit, with Lucroy tacking on a two-run homer in the ninth as part of a 2-for-5 night that helped the Brewers bounce back from two straight losses to the Twins.
Ryan Braun added three hits and two runs scored, while Wily Peralta halted a five-start winless stretch with aid from a Milwaukee bullpen that combined for four innings of one-run ball.
Peralta (5-5) served up a third-inning grand slam to Oswaldo Arcia, but kept Minnesota off the board over the rest of his five frames of work.
"As much as we like his stuff and his arm, he was all over again," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke about Peralta. "Just get some easy outs because he works a lot of batters way too hard and he can't keep doing that."
Kevin Correia (2-7) allowed two of the Brewers' long balls and 10 hits overall while permitting five runs in five innings.
"It's hard to pick a reason why from one season to next things are different," said Correia. "Sometimes you have these streaks where you feel like everything is coming for you, and then you have these streaks where everything is going against you."
Arcia finished 2-for-4 before exiting the contest in the sixth with a sprained right ankle.
Correia had set down eight of the first 10 Milwaukee hitters while being staked to a comfortable advantage courtesy of Arcia's first career slam. He surrendered singles to Braun and Lucroy to begin the fourth, however, setting up Gomez's deep liner that carried over the wall in center to make it a one- run game.
Davis sent the Brewers in front in the sixth by following an Aramis Ramirez single with an opposite-field blast to right on Correia's final pitch of the night. Mark Reynolds reached on an error later in the inning, stole second, and came around on a Jean Segura single to extend the margin to 6-4.
After Rob Wooten, Brandon Kintzler and Will Smith teamed up to hold the Twins scoreless over the sixth and seventh, Minnesota rallied against Smith in the eighth. A Josh Willingham walk and a hit batsman put two on for Josmil Pinto, who ripped a double down the third-base line to score Willingham and make it a one-run game.
Smith got Eduardo Escobar to fly out with the tying run on third, however, and Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth to nail down his 18th save.
Peralta briefly came apart in the third inning, issuing a pair of two-out walks around a Joe Mauer single that loaded the bases for Arcia, who launched a slider onto the concourse behind right field to break a scoreless tie.
The Twins later put the first two men on against the Milwaukee starter in the fifth, but Brian Dozier was thrown out attempting to tag from first on a fly ball to center to end the scoring threat.
Peralta had been dealt four losses and one no-decision over his last five outings ... Arcia also homered and had four RBI in the Twins' 6-4 win on Wednesday ... Willingham walked three times but ended 0-for-1 to have an eight-game hit streak halted ... The Brewers improved to 9-4 in interleague play this season ... The Twins selected Orlando high school shortstop Nick Gordon, the brother of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's draft, with Milwaukee nabbing Hawaii prep left- hander Kodi Medeiros with its first-round choice (12th overall).
06/06 01:28:40 ET