Brewers 7, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Doug Davis was amazed to find out that he was the first Milwaukee left-hander ever to win five games in June.
“You just brought that to my attention. That’s great!” said Davis, who jokingly patted himself on the back when informed of his feat.
Davis won his fourth straight start and Lyle Overbay homered to lead the Brewers over Minnesota 7-3 for their second straight victory over the Twins.
The Brewers’ team ERA dropped to a season-low 3.75—the lowest their ERA has been since the end of the 1992 season, when they led the American League with a 3.43 mark.
“Everybody’s just feeding off each other,” Davis said.
“Our pitching’s been outstanding for a long time now,” manager Ned Yost said.
Davis (8-5) became the fifth Milwaukee pitcher overall to post five wins in June. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, while striking out six and walking three.
Kyle Lohse (2-6) allowed eight hits and six runs—two earned—in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four. Lohse fell to 0-2 with a 3.69 ERA in five June starts, while Minnesota has scored a total of six runs with Lohse in the game.
“We try to get out there and score everyday,” Lew Ford said when asked about Lohse’s lack of run support. “We just weren’t able to do the job today.”
Overbay hit his ninth homer with one out in the fourth to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Overbay hit Lohse’s 1-1 pitch to center field and Torii Hunter appeared poised to make one of his spectacular leaping catches, but the ball skipped off his outstretched glove and over the fence.
“It was nice it went my way instead of his way, one time,” Overbay said.
“It hits your glove, you got to catch hit—no excuse,” Hunter said. “Just tell Overbay to send me a Christmas card.”
The Brewers added a run in the fifth on Scott Podsednik’s RBI double to make it 2-0.
The Twins loaded the bases against Davis with no outs in the bottom half, but managed just one run on LeCroy’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
Milwaukee batted around in the seventh, and three Minnesota pitchers issued bases-loaded walks as the Brewers scored four unearned runs on two hits to break the game open.
Aaron Fultz relieved Lohse and gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Brady Clark before walking pinch-hitter Keith Ginter with the bases still loaded to make it 5-1. Joe Roa relieved and walked Bill Hall.
“It was a good game until we got into the bullpen,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I’m disappointed.
“You need to make them swing the bat,” he added.
LeCroy hit an RBI groundout and Hunter hit a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it 6-3.
Podsednik, who went 3-for-4, doubled off Roa in the eighth and scored on Junior Spivey’s RBI groundout to make it 7-3.
With 38 victories in 72 games, Milwaukee is 22 games ahead of last year’s pace. In 2003, the Brewers didn’t get their 38th win until after the All-Starbreak.
Guzman has led off three straight games with a double. He’s hitting 8-for-13 (.615) on the current homestand. … The Twins were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 3-for-17 in the two losses to Milwaukee. … Davis was 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA in June. Ben Sheets (5-0, 2001), Steve Woodard (5-0, 1999), Cal Eldred (5-1, 1994) and Jim Colburn (5-1, 1973) are the other Brewers to win five games in June. … Milwaukee finished at 8-4 in interleague play this season. … After going 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position intheir previous series, the Brewers went 8-for-22 against the Twins.