Minnesota has lost nine of its last 12 games to fall a game behind Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. The Twins are 10-13 this month.
Lohse had been Minnesota’s most consistent starter before going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA over his last two starts. The right-hander was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his previous eight starts. The rookie hurler has held the opposition to two runs or fewer in 10 of his 15 starts.
Lohse leads the team in strikeouts (72 in 99 2-3 innings), is second in victories, and has an ERA (3.70) more than a full run lower than any other Twins starter.
Lohse has made some major strides in his three seasons with the Twins.
“Just a little more confidence,” Lohse said. “Not trying to pick at the strike zone, being more aggressive, throwing more strikes.”
Minnesota managed to get just five hits against left-hander Mark Beuhrle on Thursday as they suffered a 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Twins have lost four straight series, and nine of their last 13 home games.
The Brewers have been frustrating to watch for most of the season, but they have won four of six.
Jenkins homered for the fourth straight game to give him 19 home runs and 60 RBIs for the season. The 28-year-old outfielder had career highs of 34 home runs and 94 RBIs in 2000, and is on pace to surpass the mark in both categories.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 9 GB, NL Central. Twins - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Kinney (5-6, 4.58 ERA). Kinney is 2-2 with a 7.36 ERA in June. The 6-foot-5 right-hander gave up six runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Kinney has been roughed up for 11 earned runs spanning his last 10 innings pitched.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Kyle Lohse (6-5, 3.70 ERA). The 24-year-old right-hander gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings of a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .303 avg.; Richie Sexson, 21 HRs and 50 runs; Jenkins, 60 RBIs; Eric Young, 17 SBs. Twins - Corey Koskie, .311 avg., 11 HRs and 48 RBIs; Jacques Jones, 46 runs; Koskie and Jones, 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 1B Sexton has gone a season-high 11 games without hitting a homer. … OF Wes Helms is 2-for-2 with two home runs against Lohse in his career. … OF Jenkins is batting .429 (21-for-49) with six homers and 20 RBIs in his last 12 games. Twins - 3B Koskie is 2-for-3 with a home run lifetime against Kinney. … RHP Lohse has given up six home runs over his last five starts. Milwaukee hit three of those homers against Lohse on Saturday. … 3B Koskie is batting .329 (23-for-70) with eight home runs in 17 career games against the Brewers.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 17-18 on the road; Twins - 19-19 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.
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