MINNEAPOLIS -- Twenty times this season, the New York Yankees have failed to score more than three runs. They've lost each game.
That's just another sign of the struggles this proud, experienced and expensive team is enduring.
"I don't think anybody ever walks out on the field and thinks, 'Maybe I'll walk out and lose,"' Brown said. "That's not your plan."
The Yankees, playing without an ill Derek Jeter, finished a forgettable week by losing for the seventh time in eight games. Their 20-game drought when scoring three runs or less is the longest such streak in the majors.
The hallmark of all those World Series titles was strong starting pitching, but that strength is beginning to become a weakness. New York's rotation has an ERA of 4.81, 11th in the AL.
"We know what our job is," manager Joe Torre said. "We just have to go out and be more consistent with our positive stuff."
But Brown struggled with his control in the sixth, hitting two batters to fuel the Twins' rally. He plunked Torii Hunter near the elbow with a one-out pitch. Hunter, hit for the second straight game, yelled at Brown, who barked back.
After an intentional walk to Michael Cuddyer, Brown hit Mike Redmond to force in Jones and tie it at 2. Rookie Luis Rodriguez laced a single to right to put Minnesota in front, and Tanyon Sturtze relieved Brown.
On the first pitch, Michael Ryan bunted on his own with the bases loaded. Cuddyer raced home -- no call for the suicide squeeze was made -- and slid in safely, and Brent Abernathy followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
The Twins batted around in the inning, which might have been set up by Abernathy's 11-pitch at-bat to end the fifth. He popped out, but Brown really had to work.
Catcher Jorge Posada said Brown's stuff was the best he had seen this year, but the 40-year-old right-hander -- whose ERA rose to 5.43 - was not pleased.
"It was a day, from square one, where not everything was clicking," Brown said. "I had to work hard to try and stay in there. I just didn't get it done."
Silva (4-3) gave up seven hits and two runs while striking out one without a walk. He has issued only three of them in 74 innings this year. Silva would've pitched the eighth, were it not for an upset stomach.
After watching the bizarre sixth, his starting pitcher get sick between innings and his team take two of three from the Yankees, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was in a bit of a daze.
"I really don't know how I'm feeling right now," an exasperated Gardenhire said. "I'm really glad we won."
Ryan, who tied a career high with three hits, added an RBI single off Paul Quantrill in the eighth. Hunter drove in a run with an infield single, and Jones hit a two-run single to make it 9-3.
Mounting injuries left Minnesota with a considerably thinned-out lineup. Four starters -- first baseman Justin Morneau, catcher Joe Mauer, shortstop Juan Castro and left fielder Shannon Stewart -- were banged up, and a fifth, second baseman Nick Punto, is on the disabled list. Corner infielder Terry Tiffee was the only healthy body on Gardenhire's bench.
Cano, who went 3-for-4 Saturday, crushed an 0-1 pitch from Silva that cleared the wall in right-center field and put the Yankees up 1-0. With Jeter getting his second straight day of rest to recover from a bad chest cold, Cano batted second for the fourth time this year.
Perhaps Jeter's return can give New York a boost.
"We just need to keep playing and find a way," Posada said. "Keep looking forward and have fun doing it. We have a lot of talent. We just have to keep believing in ourselves."
- An MRI test on Morneau's sore left elbow revealed a small bone spur. He entered in the ninth to play defense.
- This was Brown's first regular-season start against Minnesota since April 29, 1995, when he pitched for Baltimore. He won Game 3 of last year's first-round playoff series here.
- Hunter just couldn't find safety anywhere. In the second inning, Jones hit a line drive into the dugout that glanced off Hunter's side. After annoyingly motioning to his teammate to keep the ball on the field, Hunter grabbed a catcher's mask and chest protector -- pumping his fist a few pitches later when Jones hit a single.