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Twins continue scoring onslaught in victory over Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was in a fun mood after Saturday night's game against the Brewers. Milwaukee skipper Ned Yost thought it stunk.

Michael Cuddyer drove in a career-high five runs and Joe Mauer had four RBI to help the Twins beat the Brewers 16-10. Minnesota finished with 15 hits and a season-high run total.

"We've been trying to get our closer in and we almost did," said Gardenhire, who watched Milwaukee score six runs in the final two innings.

"It was a great offensive night, we beat the ball around. We had some good performances."

Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run and Cuddyer had two hits and walked twice.

"Pee-yew," Yost said. "We just got our tails whipped."

The Twins scored six runs in the first inning as Brewers starter Ben Hendrickson (0-2) failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. Mauer, Torii Hunter and Cuddyer had run-scoring singles, Justin Morneau added a two-run double, and Juan Castro drove in Morneau with a sacrifice fly.

"That was nice," Minnesota pitcher Scott Baker said. "That makes me a lot more comfortable."

Milwaukee scored in the bottom of the first inning when Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer. Jenkins' seventh drive of the season barely cleared the right-field wall.

Cuddyer also had a three-run triple in the Twins' five-run fourth inning. Morneau had an RBI single and Castro's run-scoring triple drove in Morneau to make it 11-2.

While Hendrickson didn't get an out, Baker (2-4) struck out a career-high eight in five innings. He allowed four runs and six hits with one walk to get his first win since April 14, a span of six starts.

"I felt better than the numbers show," Baker said. "It comes down to making pitches when you have to."

The six runs surrendered by Hendrickson marked the second game in a row he has allowed at least five runs in the first inning. The San Diego Padres scored five times in the first inning on May 11 against Hendrickson.

"First innings have been horrible for me the whole year," he said. "I just have to get that out of my head. I can't get out of the first inning."

Rickie Weeks hit a solo homer in the ninth and Bill Hall had a two-run drive in the fourth for the Brewers. It was Hall's ninth homer and Weeks' fourth.

Mauer hit his third homer in the fifth to make it 12-4.

"He's really on the ball," Gardenhire said of Mauer, who's hitting .336. "He's been swinging well. He had a great night tonight."

Hendrickson, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was taken out of the game before retiring a batter, marking the 14th time in Brewers history a starter failed to get an out. The last time it happened was Aug. 28, 1995, when Jamie McAndrew started at Chicago against the White Sox.

Notes

  • Hendrickson fell to 1-10 in his career.
  • Six Milwaukee pitchers combined to walk 11 batters.
  • RF Cuddyer has reached base safely in 20 straight games.
  • Saturday's attendance was 43,422, the 10th-largest crowd ever at Miller Park.
  • RHP Boof Bonser is scheduled to make his first career start for the Twins on Sunday.
  • The Twins have outscored the Brewers 23-11 in the first two games of the series.
  • Minnesota's 16 runs were the most Milwaukee has allowed this year.
 
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Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer combine for six hits and nine RBI in Twins' victory.  (AP)
Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer combine for six hits and nine RBI in Twins' victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, LF4310100 .245
Luis Castillo, 2B4220211 .336
Joe Mauer, C5344101 .336
Torii Hunter, CF4211202 .267
Michael Cuddyer, RF4225222 .320
Justin Morneau, 1B5333101 .243
Tony Batista, 3B5111113 .242
Juan Castro, SS4012114 .225
Scott Baker, P3000032 .000
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000002 .237
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Willie Eyre, P1000011 .000
   b- Rondell White, PH1000001 .177
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Totals4116151611920 
a-flied out for Baker in the 6th
b-popped out for Eyre in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (8, Kolb), Justin Morneau 2 (5, Hendrickson, Capellan)
3B - Michael Cuddyer (2, Lehr), Juan Castro (2, Lehr)
HR - Joe Mauer (3, Demaria)
SF - Juan Castro (1)
RBI - Joe Mauer 4 (21), Torii Hunter (28), Michael Cuddyer 5 (17), Justin Morneau 3 (33), Tony Batista (17), Juan Castro 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (12), Juan Castro (4)
SB - Lew Ford 2 (7, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Moeller, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Moeller)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
DP - Morneau-Castro, Castillo-Castro-Morneau
E - Juan Castro (6, misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Scott Baker (W,2-4) 5644182 5.48
Matt Guerrier 1000100 2.59
Willie Eyre 2533011 6.19
Dennys Reyes 1231201 0.90
HBP - Clark (by Scott Baker)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 107-76, Matt Guerrier 15-9, Willie Eyre 40-27, Dennys Reyes 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Guerrier 2-0, Willie Eyre 2-2, Dennys Reyes 2-2
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 22, Matt Guerrier 3, Willie Eyre 10, Dennys Reyes 8
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5231021 .289
Brady Clark, CF3110102 .256
Geoff Jenkins, RF5122012 .278
Carlos Lee, LF3000021 .277
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH-1B2210001 .381
Prince Fielder, 1B4110011 .308
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Damian Miller, PH0000100 .306
Bill Hall, SS4222110 .294
Corey Koskie, 3B5113013 .282
Chad Moeller, C3010110 .256
Ben Hendrickson, P0000000 .000
    Jorge De La Rosa, P1000000 .000
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
   c- Gabe Gross, PH1000001 .231
    Chris Demaria, P0000000 .000
    Corey Hart, LF2010000 .333
Totals38101384912 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Kolb in the 8th
b-walked for Capellan in the 9th
c-flied out for Lehr in the 4th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (12, Eyre)
HR - Rickie Weeks (4, Reyes), Geoff Jenkins (7, Baker), Bill Hall (9, Baker), Corey Koskie (5, Eyre)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (12), Geoff Jenkins 2 (29), Bill Hall 2 (19), Corey Koskie 3 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Koskie 3 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
E - Bill Hall 2 (6, throwing error), Carlos Lee (4, misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Hendrickson (L,0-2)0566100 12.00
Jorge De La Rosa 3.1022330 6.11
Justin Lehr 0.2333120 7.53
Chris Demaria 2111211 4.50
Brian Shouse 1211200 4.05
Dan Kolb 1222220 2.84
Jose Capellan 1211010 4.94
HBP - Ford (by Jorge De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Hendrickson 19-10, Jorge De La Rosa 61-33, Justin Lehr 26-13, Chris Demaria 46-25, Brian Shouse 19-9, Dan Kolb 31-17, Jose Capellan 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 3-5, Brian Shouse 2-0
Batters Faced - Ben Hendrickson 6, Jorge De La Rosa 15, Justin Lehr 6, Chris Demaria 9, Brian Shouse 6, Dan Kolb 7, Jose Capellan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43422
Game Time - 3:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Paul Schrieber