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Minnesota at Milwaukee

W: C. Capuano (5-3) L: J. Crain (0-2)
S: D. Turnbow (14)
HR: MIN - T. Batista (5)   MIL - None

Brewers 5, Twins 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- It's becoming routine for the Milwaukee Brewers to provide late-inning excitement at Miller Park.

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

The Brewers are 17-9 at Miller Park, and have come from behind in 15 of those victories.

"They don't panic when they fall behind," manager Ned Yost said. "They know that somewhere over the course of the game they are going to put something together.

"We weren't doing much, but guys were still up, and we knew that at any time we could break loose," he said.

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.

He has pitched quality starts in all 10 of his outings this season, and has a 2.78 ERA.

"We feel really good about the way Cappy's been throwing," Yost said. "He can give us seven or eight strong innings, and that's exactly what he did."

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.

"Our bullpen has been quite reliable for us, but Jesse couldn't make a pitch when he needed to and they jumped on us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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.

"That's my job," Lee said. "That's what I have to do."

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, and allowed only one run after allowing Milwaukee to load the bases with no outs in the first.

"The first inning was crazy," Bonser said. "I'm shocked I couldn't see my heart beating through my jersey.

"But I got out of it and settled down and I'm pretty much happy with what I did," he said.

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.


The Brewers said RHP Ben Sheets would stay in Milwaukee for an MRI on his right shoulder instead of joining the team when it begins its road trip in Cincinnati Monday night. ... 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. ... After the game, the Brewers optioned RHP Ben Hendrickson to Triple-A Nashville and recalled RHP Chris Mabeus from Nashville.

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Players of the Game

C. Lee
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0

T. Batista
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 35180
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jim Joyce