Lohse gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings at Kansas City on Monday, but escaped without a decision in the Twins’ 9-8 loss. It marked his shortest outing and the first time he gave up more than three runs since allowing five in 4 1-3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on April 26.
The 24-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in eight starts in between.
Minnesota will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2, 10-inning loss in the series opener on Friday. Royce Clayton scored on a wild pitch by Twins reliever Juan Rincon with one out in the 10th to lift the Brewers.
Clayton led off the inning with a liner to right-center and instead of holding at first, legged out a double, just beating the throw from right fielder Jon Ford.
“It was risky, but I think I made the right decision,” Clayton said. “I was able to get out of the box pretty well.”
Clayton’s decision immediately paid off as pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick followed with a fly to deep center. Clayton took third on the play.
“There are a lot more ways to score from second base than first,” Clayton said after the Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Wayne Franklin will try to help the Brewers win a series from their former American League rivals for the first time since 2000.
Franklin is looking for his first win since a 10-0 shutout of San Diego on May 21, though the Brewers have won four of his five starts since.
STANDINGS: Twins - 1st place, AL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 10 GB, NL Central.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Lohse (6-4, 3.23 ERA). Lohse is 1-0 with an 8.25 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers—both at Milwaukee. He gave up six earned runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings in the Brewers’ 7-6 win on June 16, 2002. He beat the Brewers on July 12, 2001, limiting them to five runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 13-5 win.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Franklin (3-5, 5.38 ERA). The 29-year-old right-hander is making his second career interleague start. He gave up three runs and four hits in the Brewers’ 9-3 loss to Boston on June 6. In his last start, Franklin allowed four runs and five hits over five innings in Milwaukee’s 9-4 loss to St. Louis on Monday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Doug Mientkiewicz, .307 avg.; Jacque Jones, Corey Koskie and Torii Hunter, 9 HRs; Koskie and A.J. Pierzynski, 45 RBIs; Jones, 45 runs; Jones and Koskie, 6 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .307 avg.; Richie Sexson, 21 HRs, 49 RBIs and 48 runs; Eric Young, 16 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Twins - 7-6; Brewers - 3-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - An MRI exam showed RHP Mike Fetters has a slight muscle tear in his right elbow. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Fetters will not throw for a month. … Right-handed batters are hitting .211 against RHP Lohse. … OF Jones went hitless Friday for just the seventh time in 29 games since May 15, finishing 0-for-5. Brewers - After consecutive games in which Milwaukee starters gave up eight earned runs, RHP Ben Sheets gave up two unearned runs on three hits over eight innings Friday. It was the first time in 17 starts this season he went without giving up an earned run. … LHP Glendon Rusch (1-11, 8.61 ERA) will make four starts at Triple-A Indianapolis before returning to the Brewers. He accepted the demotion Friday to get untracked from 10 straight losses and rescue his season. LHP John Foster has been recalled to take Rusch’s place. … The Brewers signed OF Anthony Gwynn, their second-round pick in the 2003 June free agent draft. The son of former San Diego Padres star Tony Gwynn was assigned to Class A Beloit of the Midwest League.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 21-16 on the road; Brewers - 14-26 at home.
INJURIES: Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.