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Minnesota at Milwaukee

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Minnesota (36-37)100002000372
Milwaukee (38-33) «01000102x4111

Brewers 4, Twins 3

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MILWAUKEE -- Jason Kendall knew immediately his deep drive would hit the wall, not clear it. He had no idea he would score on the play anyway.

Kendall's two-out double in the eighth inning tied the game and the Milwaukee catcher hustled on two throwing errors to score, giving the Brewers an unlikely 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

"That's a long run," Kendall said.

Twins starter Nick Blackburn (6-3) scattered nine hits through 7 2/3 innings and had a 3-2 lead when he allowed a soft single to J.J. Hardy, who said he was jammed and bruised his thumb on the swing. Kendall hit a ball off the wall in left-center and Brendan Harris' relay throw to the plate skipped past catcher Joe Mauer.

Blackburn, backing up the play, threw to third trying to get Kendall, but the ball sailed away from Joe Crede, allowing Kendall to score easily for Milwaukee's first lead.

"I knew I could get to third, and when you get to third anything can happen," Kendall said.

Blackburn slumped his shoulders in frustration as soon as he threw the ball.

"I should've just held onto it," he said. "All kinds of things went through my mind right there. It was an annoying play all the way around."

And just that quickly, the Brewers, who had lost 10 of 14, snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and beat the Twins for the first time this year in this border rivalry.

"I'd say the intensity level tonight was way up there," said Brewers manager Ken Macha, who wasn't pleased with his team's effort in a 7-3 loss Tuesday night. "You make your own breaks. If you're satisfied with a double and you're standing on second, they don't have to make that throw."

Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio, who had the best vantage point in the first row of seats, said his team finally got a much needed break.

"It was like a Little League play," he said. "The great thing about baseball ... is a play like that, you can't believe it."

Attanasio is in town for his first home game since opening day and got his first look at the significant damage in Miller Park's lower level from weekend flooding that has left players without amenities like batting cages and fully functional kitchens in the clubhouses.

"Everybody around here did a phenomenal job getting this ready to go," he said.

Reliever Todd Coffey (3-1) pitched the eighth and Trevor Hoffman, who had been warming up when Kendall's big hit deflected just off the wall in front of the Brewers bullpen, converted his 17th save in 18 chances. He walked Mauer with two outs but got Justin Morneau to ground out to end it.

"Kind of unbelievable," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't know if there's a way to describe how tough that ended up."

Minnesota took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on Jason Kubel's home run and an RBI double by Crede off Brewers starter Braden Looper. Kendall drove in a run in the bottom of the inning with a single to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2.

That looked like it would be all Milwaukee would get off Blackburn, who had won his previous four decisions and hadn't taken a loss since May 5 before he ran into trouble in the wild eighth.

Looper, who had an RBI single in the second, was in line to be the painful loser after he was hit by a drive in the fifth that deflected and was caught in a diving effort by first baseman Prince Fielder.

"I'm glad he did," said Looper, who stayed in the game, but struggled in the sixth. "I knew I wasn't going to get over there." He said after the game that he felt fins.

Notes

Mauer singled in the seventh after going hitless in his previous 12 at-bats, a season high. He finished 1 for 3 with two walks, dropping his average to .394. ... Twins INF Nick Punto (ribs) will have an MRI in Minneapolis on Thursday. His ribs have been bothering him since he left Saturday's 6-5 loss to Houston. ... Brewers RHP Seth McClung will come out of the bullpen to start Saturday against San Francisco. Milwaukee has been without a fifth starter since LHP Manny Parra was demoted to Triple-A Nashville on June 14. ... Twins RF Denard Span (ear infection) returned after two rehab appearances at Triple-A Rochester. Span can come off the DL on Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Kendall
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF4110012 .231
   a- Jose Morales, PH1000010 .368
Brendan Harris, SS4011020 .288
Joe Mauer, C3010210 .394
Justin Morneau, 1B5000014 .316
Jason Kubel, LF4111023 .311
Michael Cuddyer, RF4120000 .281
Joe Crede, 3B3011101 .232
Matt Tolbert, 2B2000202 .163
Nick Blackburn, P4000026 .000
Totals34373510  
a-struck out for Gomez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Cuddyer (15, Looper), Joe Crede (11, Looper)
3B - Carlos Gomez (3, Looper)
HR - Jason Kubel (13, Looper)
SF - Brendan Harris (2)
RBI - Brendan Harris (15), Jason Kubel (40), Joe Crede (34)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Nick Blackburn (1, Throwing), Brendan Harris (3, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Nick Blackburn (L,6-3) 81143120 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 96-63
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 9-13
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 36
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B4010011 .298
Mat Gamel, 3B4010002 .244
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, LF4020000 .319
Prince Fielder, 1B4010002 .296
Corey Hart, RF4000014 .255
Mike Cameron, CF4220000 .252
J.J. Hardy, SS4110002 .219
Jason Kendall, C3122101 .234
Braden Looper, P2011001 .091
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000001 .200
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   b- Casey McGehee, PH-3B1000000 .348
Totals35411312  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Looper in the 6th
b-flied out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron 2 (14, Blackburn, Blackburn), Jason Kendall (7, Blackburn)
RBI - Jason Kendall 2 (20), Braden Looper (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kendall (9), Braden Looper (3)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Mat Gamel (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Braden Looper 6533441 5.16
Mitch Stetter 1100030 2.70
Todd Coffey (W,3-1) 1100010 2.75
Trevor Hoffman (S,17) 1000120 1.25
IBB - Tolbert by Braden Looper
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 103-58, Mitch Stetter 24-14, Todd Coffey 10-8, Trevor Hoffman 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 12-3, Trevor Hoffman 1-0
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 28, Mitch Stetter 4, Todd Coffey 4, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34480
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Doug Eddings