Brewers 5, Twins 3

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Carlos Lee’s two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday, hours after the Twins won funding for a new stadium.

Chris Capuano (5-3) won for the first time in four starts. The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

The Brewers rallied against reliever Jesse Crain (0-2), who gave up four runs while only getting one out. Trailing 3-1, pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks led off the seventh with a triple and scored on Brady Clark’s single.

Clark moved to second on Jeff Cirillo’s single and to third on Geoff Jenkins’ flyout. Lee then hit a double to the wall in center field, scoring both runners to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.

Prince Fielder and Bill Hall greeted reliever Juan Rincon with consecutive singles to make it 5-3.

The game started about eight hours after Minnesota lawmakers gave final approval to a financing plan for an open-air stadium for the Twins. The new $522 million ballpark, paid for mostly by taxpayers, is scheduled to open in 2010.

The Twins got runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth, but Matt Wise struck out pinch-hitter Luis Rodriguez to end the inning.

The comeback spoiled the major-league debut of Twins’ right-hander Boof Bonser, a former first-round draft choice who pitched six solid innings. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Bonser gave up only one run and five hits. He walked three and struck out eight.

He held the Brewers to 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Milwaukee made it 1-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly by Lee, who had three RBI in the game.

The Twins tied the score in the third with an unearned run. Joe Mauer’s single scored Bonser, who had reached on a throwing error by Hall at short.

Minnesota took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Tony Batista’s fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot that scored Justin Morneau.

Notes

Brewers C Damian Miller left the game after the fourth inning with back spasms. … Bonser legally changed his name to Boof, a nickname since childhood, from John following the 2001 baseball season. … Bonser was a 2000 first-round draft choice of the San Francisco Giants, but was traded to the Twins in the 2003 deal that also brought Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano to Minnesota. The Giants received catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

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