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Twins 7, Brewers 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- On the same day that the Twins learned their dream ballpark is on the cusp of becoming a reality, Francisco Liriano gave Minnesota fans another glimpse of the future on the field.

Liriano threw five solid innings in his first start of the season and Tony Batista hit a grand slam to help the Twins snap a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"Every time he takes the mound, it's just electric," said Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer, who also helped Liriano's cause with a solo homer in the sixth. "That poise he shows, he's in control of himself all the time."

Batista hit his ninth career grand slam in the eighth as part of a five-run inning. Brewers starter Doug Davis (2-3) had entered the inning trailing 2-1, but he walked Luis Castillo and allowed a single to Joe Mauer to put runners on the corners with no out, ending his night.

Mauer stole second, and after an out, reliever Jose Capellan intentionally walked Cuddyer.

"We were trying to get out of the inning with one pitch, turn a double play," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

But Capellan plunked Lew Ford, scoring Castillo, and Batista hit the next pitch over the Brewers' bullpen to make it 7-1.

"We were able to put some runs across the board and get a lot of cushion late with Tony's grand slam," Cuddyer said. "It was nice for us."

There's something even nicer on the horizon for the Twins, who had lost the last five games by four runs or less.

Minnesota lawmakers are expected to pass a financing plan for a $522-million outdoor ballpark for the Twins this weekend. Major construction would begin next year and the park would open in 2010.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee had been streaking during its nine-game homestand by winning five of the first six, including a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies and three wins in the last at-bat.

But Liriano (2-0), working on a pitch count, allowed just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out five before giving way to Matt Guerrier.

"It's not like you can sit on one pitch because he throw his fastball at 96, 97," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He can throw that slider just about anytime, and then when he mixes the changeup in there, I'm sure they were having a tough time."

Liriano was promoted from the bullpen in the hope that he'll provide much needed stability to the Twins rotation with Kyle Lohse (2-4, 8.92 ERA) banished to Triple-A and Carlos Silva (2-6, 8.62 ERA) trying to work out his problems in the bullpen.

"We got the win and I feel great," a smiling Liriano said. "I'm going to do my best, that's the only thing I do, can't help anything else."

The 22-year-old Dominican left-hander also had an RBI single and stymied the Brewers bats with a fastball that reached 97 mph in his final inning.

"He's a kid that they've got a lot of hope in over there," Yost said. "You can see why, throwing 97, 98 mph fastball with a really good breaking ball and a nice changeup. He's going to be a nice pitcher for them."

The Twins got on the board first when Ford was hit by Davis, who also walked Batista. After Juan Castro hit into a double play, Davis only needed to get Liriano out in his first major-league at-bat.

Davis failed, and Liriano's RBI flare single put Minnesota ahead 1-0.

"I made a good pitch, he just happened to flare it where we weren't," Davis said. "That's why it's an unfair game, right?"

The Brewers tied it in the third on Rickie Weeks' sacrifice fly, but Brady Clark got hung trying to tag up from second for the final out.

Liriano managed to stay out of more trouble in the fourth and fifth with the help of double plays, and the Brewers failed to score with men on second and third with one away in the seventh after Jesse Crain relieved Dennys Reyes and got the final two outs.

Cuddyer's homer gave the Twins a 2-1 lead.

Notes

  • Liriano threw 68 pitches, while Davis threw 117.
  • Davis now has 39 walks this season.
  • Twins CF Torii Hunter called a players' only meeting to discuss the team's problems before the game. He declined to reveal details, saying that it was "upbeat."
  • The Twins have played in the Metrodome since 1982.
  • Brewers SS Bill Hall extended his hitting streak to eight games in the fifth.
  • The Twins now lead the all-time series with the Brewers 192-190.
  • Batista's grand slam was the Twins' second this season after Hunter hit one April 5 against Toronto.
  • Batista's last grand slam came Aug. 3, 2004 against St. Louis.
 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

T. Batista
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5010001 .298
Luis Castillo, 2B4100101 .331
Joe Mauer, C5130000 .318
Torii Hunter, CF4010024 .267
Michael Cuddyer, 1B3211114 .313
Lew Ford, RF2201002 .244
Tony Batista, 3B3114100 .244
Juan Castro, SS4000011 .224
Francisco Liriano, P2011000 .500
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   a- Rondell White, PH1000000 .179
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Crain, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000000 .243
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
Totals347873413 
a-fouled out for Guerrier in the 7th
b-lined out for Crain in the 8th
Batting
HR - Michael Cuddyer (4, Davis), Tony Batista (4, Capellan)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer (12), Lew Ford (6), Tony Batista 4 (16), Francisco Liriano (1)
2-OUT RBI - Francisco Liriano (1)
SB - Joe Mauer (3, 2nd base off Capellan/D. Miller), Torii Hunter (3, 2nd base off Davis/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shannon Stewart 1
DP - Stewart-Batista-Castillo, Batista-Castillo-Cuddyer, Castillo-Castro-Cuddyer
Minnesota Twins
Francisco Liriano (W,2-0) 5211350 2.96
Matt Guerrier (H,1) 1000010 2.70
Dennys Reyes (H,1) 0.1200010 0.00
Jesse Crain (H,3) 0.2000010 5.85
Juan Rincon 1200020 2.66
Joe Nathan 1000020 2.77
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 68-41, Matt Guerrier 18-12, Dennys Reyes 12-7, Jesse Crain 6-5, Juan Rincon 23-14, Joe Nathan 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 5-2, Matt Guerrier 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 17, Matt Guerrier 3, Dennys Reyes 3, Jesse Crain 2, Juan Rincon 5, Joe Nathan 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3001021 .277
Jeff Cirillo, 3B4020010 .375
Geoff Jenkins, RF3000122 .274
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .282
Prince Fielder, 1B4010011 .310
Bill Hall, SS4010022 .287
Damian Miller, C2100113 .306
Brady Clark, CF2010110 .254
Doug Davis, P1000000 .105
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000011 .235
    Chris Demaria, P0000000 .000
Totals2816131211 
a-struck out for Capellan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (11, Reyes)
SF - Rickie Weeks (2)
SH - Doug Davis (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,2-3) 7744231 5.14
Jose Capellan 1133111 4.76
Chris Demaria 1000000 4.50
IBB - Cuddyer by Jose Capellan
HBP - Ford (by Doug Davis), Ford (by Jose Capellan)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 117-69, Jose Capellan 22-13, Chris Demaria 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 9-8
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 30, Jose Capellan 6, Chris Demaria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28462
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Doug Eddings