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Buscher, Cuddyer come through in 12th; Twins top Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder thought he'd won the game. Brian Buscher actually did.

Buscher singled with the bases loaded for his third straight hit and pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run triple and scored on an error in the 12th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

"It was wild," said Buscher, recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday. "Everybody wants to be in that situation, luckily I came through."

With two outs in the 10th, Fielder hit a drive off the center-field wall that highlighted the discussion for instant replay. In this case, the umpire crew appeared to make the correct call.

"It was crazy stuff," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "If they had ruled differently, I don't think I can get kicked out of the game when the game is over, can I?"

Fielder's shot appeared to hit the yellow line, but not go over the wall after Carlos Gomez attempted a leaping catch. According to the ground rules at Miller Park, a ball that goes over the yellow line on the top of the outfield fence in flight is a homer, if it strikes the line and bounces back it is not.

"No, no, it wasn't," said Gomez, who had the best view of the play. "I wanted to catch it, though."

Fielder pumped his fists before hurrying for a triple. After a short discussion by the umpire crew, the call stood and Twins reliever Matt Guerrier got out of the inning, forcing Mike Cameron to ground out weakly.

"It doesn't matter, it hit the yellow line, it didn't hit over the fence," said Brewers manager Ned Yost, who appreciated that the crew got together to agree on the call. "It hit the yellow line and bounced back."

In the 12th, Buscher drove in two runs to break a 4-all tie with his single off reliever Julian Tavarez, who had loaded the bases with no outs by allowing a single to Joe Mauer and two walks.

Tavarez (0-1) got Delmon Young to ground into a fielder's choice to get an out before Buscher's big hit.

"I was looking for the double play, and I wasn't able to get it," Tavarez said. "It's a tough loss."

After the second out, Cuddyer, who was out of the lineup because he was hit by a pitch in the right hand on Friday night and only available in case of an emergency, drove in two on a flyball to deep center.

He scored on the play when center fielder Cameron threw the ball away to give Minnesota a 9-4 lead.

"Adrenaline is a powerful drug," said Cuddyer, who wants to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. "It's sore and stiff. It did get better from the time I walked into the clubhouse, though. It's definitely gotten better."

Buscher also added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as the Twins rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but Russell Branyan tied the game at 4 with a two-out, 458-foot homer off Twins closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the inning.

It was Nathan's second blown save opportunity of the year, but the Twins have won two in a row to improve to 3-6 on this 10-game road trip. Brian Bass (3-2) got the win after pitching the 11th.

The Twins scored a run in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but squandered opportunities for a big inning and left the bases loaded with one out in the 11th off Tavarez.

Buscher made sure it didn't happen again in the 12th.

"I didn't want to let him get a good pitch past me," Buscher said.

In the ninth, Buscher singled and the ball took a funny hop past right fielder Corey Hart for a two-base error to put him on third with no outs.

Brendan Harris drove Buscher in on the sacrifice to give the Twins a 4-3 lead, but Nathan would blow it minutes later only for Buscher to come through again.

"You know who really picked us up? Buscher. In my opinion, he was the star of the game, big hit after big hit," Cuddyer said. "Those last three hits he got were all huge."

Notes

  • Brewers LF Ryan Braun hit his 18th homer in the fifth. He has driven in a run in each of the last six games, giving him 52 this season.
  • Milwaukee gave up two more unearned runs on Saturday night and eight in the series so far.
  • Brewers RHP David Riske (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
  • Brewers RHP Eric Gagne (right shoulder) said he hopes to throw from the mound during his next session Sunday.
 
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He looks bored, but it's safe to say Brian Buscher is happy with his two-run single in the 12th. (AP)
He looks bored, but it's safe to say Brian Buscher is happy with his two-run single in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

B. Buscher
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Minnesota

D. Young
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF6100113 .272
Alexi Casilla, 2B5020003 .327
Joe Mauer, C5010112 .326
Justin Morneau, 1B4221200 .307
Jason Kubel, RF5220113 .256
Delmon Young, LF6131015 .278
Brian Buscher, 3B5233003 .385
Brendan Harris, SS5011012 .234
Glen Perkins, P2000020 .000
   a- Craig Monroe, PH1000011 .214
    Jesse Crain, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH1000010 .224
    Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Macri, PH0000100 .360
    Brian Bass, P0000000 .000
   d- Michael Cuddyer, PH1112000 .248
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Totals46915869  
a-struck out for Perkins in the 7th
b-struck out for Crain in the 9th
c-walked for Guerrier in the 11th
d-tripled for Bass in the 12th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (12, Suppan)
3B - Michael Cuddyer (3, DiFelice)
SF - Brian Buscher (1), Brendan Harris (3)
SH - Alexi Casilla (4)
RBI - Justin Morneau (51), Delmon Young (22), Brian Buscher 3 (4), Brendan Harris (17), Michael Cuddyer 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (5), Michael Cuddyer 2 (12)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Morneau-Harris
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins 6833161 4.57
Jesse Crain 2100030 3.03
Joe Nathan (BS,2) 1111011 1.63
Matt Guerrier 1100000 3.29
Brian Bass (W,3-2) 1000000 5.36
Dennys Reyes 1000000 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 93-67, Jesse Crain 26-18, Joe Nathan 17-11, Matt Guerrier 9-7, Brian Bass 9-6, Dennys Reyes 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 4-7, Jesse Crain 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-1, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Brian Bass 1-2, Dennys Reyes 3-0
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 26, Jesse Crain 7, Joe Nathan 4, Matt Guerrier 4, Brian Bass 3, Dennys Reyes 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF6000024 .288
Joe Dillon, 2B4021020 .289
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Rivera, PH1000000 .324
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
   b- Dave Bush, PH1000000 .125
Ryan Braun, LF5111002 .289
Prince Fielder, 1B5120000 .286
Mike Cameron, CF5010031 .216
Bill Hall, 3B-2B5010012 .217
Jason Kendall, C4010111 .248
Craig Counsell, SS5011001 .234
Jeff Suppan, P2110003 .077
   c- Gabe Kapler, PH1000010 .333
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .143
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Hernan Iribarren, 2B0000000 .222
   d- Russell Branyan, PH-3B2111000 .300
Totals464114110  
a-flied out for Torres in the 10th
b-grounded out for DiFelice in the 12th
c-struck out for Suppan in the 7th
d-homered for Iribarren in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (10, Perkins), Jeff Suppan (1, Perkins)
3B - Prince Fielder (1, Guerrier)
HR - Ryan Braun (18, Perkins), Russell Branyan (7, Nathan)
RBI - Joe Dillon (4), Ryan Braun (52), Craig Counsell (6), Russell Branyan (10)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Dillon (3), Russell Branyan (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Dillon-Counsell-Fielder, Dillon-Counsell-Fielder
E - Mike Cameron (1, Throwing), Corey Hart (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 7722150 3.68
Carlos Villanueva (H,5) 0.1011200 5.58
Brian Shouse (BS,2) 0.1100010 2.28
Salomon Torres 2.1210010 2.52
Julian Tavarez (L,0-2) 1.1444320 7.20
Mark DiFelice 0.2110000 5.40
WP - Jeff Suppan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 96-58, Carlos Villanueva 13-4, Brian Shouse 8-5, Salomon Torres 23-17, Julian Tavarez 39-19, Mark DiFelice 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 8-6, Carlos Villanueva 1-0, Salomon Torres 3-3, Julian Tavarez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 27, Carlos Villanueva 3, Brian Shouse 2, Salomon Torres 9, Julian Tavarez 11, Mark DiFelice 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43812
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Charlie Reliford