After getting pounded 13-1 in Friday’s opener, the Twins won 5-2 Saturday. It was just their fourth victory in 14 games and the fifth in their last 15 at home. Minnesota hasn’t won a series since taking two of three from visiting Colorado from June 10-12. The slide was dropped the Twins one game behind surprising Kansas City in the AL Central.
“We tried to run around the bases a little bit. We said we were just going to go back to playing the game and having some fun,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
“That’s what the guys like to do.”
Koskie, who turned 30 Saturday, is 30-for-60 in his last 17 games with four homers, eight doubles and 17 RBIs.
The Twins will send Rick Reed to the mound Sunday. The veteran right-hander has lost three straight starts, compiling a 7.33 ERA.
Reed pitched well Tuesday, but lost 2-1 to the visiting Chicago White Sox in his second game back from an abdominal injury. He allowed two earned runs and six hits over seven solid innings.
“Reeder was awesome,” Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “It’s just a shame we couldn’t score any runs for the poor guy.”
The Brewers, who had a season-high 13 runs and 19 hits in Friday’s victory, couldn’t duplicate that success and had their three-game win streak snapped Saturday.
Scott Podsednik went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Brewers. He is batting .400 (16-for-40) in his last 10 games.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 9 GB, NL Central. Twins - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Ford (0-0, 2.15 ERA). After 21 relief appearances, Ford is making his first major league start. The rookie left-hander takes the rotation spot of right-hander Ruben Quevedo, who was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He has an 0.90 ERA in eight road games.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Reed (3-8, 4.73 ERA). Reed hasn’t won since May 25 at Seattle. In eight career starts against the Brewers, he is 4-2 with a 3.91 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .321 avg.; Richie Sexson, 22 HRs and 52 runs; Geoff Jenkins, 60 RBIs; Eric Young, 17 SBs. Twins - Koskie, .314 avg., 12 HRs and 50 RBIs; Koskie and Jacque Jones, 46 runs; Cristian Guzman, 7 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Brewers - 5-6. Twins - 9-8.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - LF Jenkins is batting .390 (23-for-59) over his last 14 games with six homers, five doubles and 20 RBIs. … 2B Keith Ginter got the start at second base Saturday. He went 2-for-4, improving his road average to .356 (21-for-59). … The Brewers have been struck out 613 times, second-most in the majors behind Cincinnati (673). Twins - The Twins are tied with Boston for second in the majors with 27 triples. … CF Hunter is batting .359 (14-for-39) over his last 10 games with three homers, five doubles and seven RBIs. … The Twins have the second-fewest errors (40) in the AL behind Seattle (28).
ROAD/Twins RECORDS: Brewers - 18-19 on the road; Twins - 20-20 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.