Brewers 3, Twins 2
Clayton led off 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.
Center-fielder Torii Hunter tried to lull Clayton into thinking he wouldn’t make a strong throw, but Clayton didn’t buy it.
“He tried to deke me,” Clayton said. “He was making it look like he wasn’t going to make a hard throw, but I’ve watched him coming up, and I knew he has a great arm. I knew he was going to come up throwing hard.”
Clayton beat the throw to third by a couple of steps.
“When I was on third I picked up the angle pretty quickly,” Clayton said. “He did everything he could do to block it, but it just squirted past him.”
There was no play at home as Clayton scored standing up.
“I should be able to throw that ball for a strike,” Rincon said. It was his fourth wild pitch in 31 2-3 innings of relief.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire agreed with his reliever.
“Unfortunately, he just didn’t make a good enough pitch where A.J. could get to it,” Gardenhire said. “It’s just the way it goes.”
Reliever Curtis Leskanic (4-0) pitched out of a jam in the top of the 10th.
He walked Luis Rivas with one out. Pinch-hitter Denny Hocking followed with a single to right, sending Rivas to third. Jacque Jones struck out before Cristian Guzman hit a one-hopper to first baseman Richie Sexson, who trapped the ball and flipped to Leskanic covering at first.
“That was awesome,” Leskanic said. “I thought it was in right field, but I saw Richie laying there, so I covered first.”
The Twins scored unearned runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
Minnesota starter Brad Radke allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings with five strike outs and one walk. He 0-3 in his last six starts, and has not won since May 16 against the Chicago White Sox.
Ben Sheets gave up two unearned runs on three hits in eighth innings. It was the first time in 17 starts this season he went without giving up an earned run.
Geoff Jenkins put the Brewers ahead 2-1 in the sixth.
With one out, Young singled and went to third on Scott Podsednik’s looping hit to right. Podsednik stole second before Sexson struck out. The Brewers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position until Jenkins’ two-run single.
The Twins scored first with an unearned run in the fourth.
With one out, Corey Koskie walked. Hunter grounded to third, but with Koskie running on the pitch, Wes Helms’ only play was to first. Koskie went to third on a wild pitch by Sheets and scored on the play when catcher Keith Osik threwwide of third.
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 Gywnn was assigned to Class-A Beloit of theMidwest League.