|Minnesota (25-17) «||7||0||0||5||1||0||2||0||x||15||17||0|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Milwaukee Brewers were a mess, from their starting pitcher's meltdown at the beginning to their center fielder's taboo act at the end.
The Minnesota Twins took full advantage -- and tried not to be too upset at their old teammate.
"Score a touchdown, and it goes from there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Kubel drove in four runs and drew one of eight walks handed out by the Brewers. Bush was in strong disagreement about the second one, yelling at home plate umpire Ed Rapuano for calling ball four on a close pitch to Michael Cuddyer with the bases loaded to force in the first run.
"I thought it might have been a strike. He didn't. He's the one who makes the calls," Bush said.
Rapuano actually approached the mound to angrily confront Bush, who was held back by teammate Prince Fielder.
"I was pretty heated about it, and so was he," Bush said. "I probably shouldn't have reacted quite that way."
After a pep talk from pitching coach Rick Peterson, Bush promptly served up a sharp two-run single to Kubel. He shrugged off the significance of his tiff with Rapuano.
"I was already going bad by that point," Bush said.
Bush then was called for a balk after losing his balance and halting his delivery at the edge of the mound, and Delmon Young followed with an RBI single.
Trevor Plouffe, facing his first pitch as a major leaguer, was next to knock in a run with a single to stretch the lead to five. Bush (1-5) lasted two more batters, recording only one out in the shortest start of his career before Jeff Suppan was summoned.
The Twins put up five more runs in the fourth inning against Suppan, and Nick Blackburn (5-1) breezed through a Brewers lineup that had the free-swinging, free-spirited Carlos Gomez back from the disabled list to face his old team but little else to be happy about.
Blackburn only allowed four hits over the first seven innings before Gomez's soaring three-run homer in the eighth.
With his team trailing 15-0, Gomez flipped his bat dangerously close to Twins catcher and AL MVP Joe Mauer -- and stood and watched the ball reach the second deck above left field.
"Some things never change," said Gardenhire, who grew weary of Gomez's inconsistent, undisciplined style over the last two seasons despite his array of natural talent. "That irritated a few people."
Blackburn was more diplomatic.
"That's the guy he is. He gets so caught up in the moment," Blackburn said, adding: "I don't have too bad feelings. I don't want to fight the guy or anything."
As for Gomez?
He was extra apologetic.
"I don't want to try to show him up," Gomez said. "If they're going to do something tomorrow, I'll take it like a man. I know I did it bad."
Since elbow soreness pushed back a start in late April, Blackburn has been by far Minnesota's best starter. He's 4-0 in May, completing 30 1/3 innings and giving up only nine runs and five walks.
He was on the mound last Sunday in New York when the Twins ended their losing streak to the Yankees, and this was another fine time for the right-hander to take the ball following completion of a 2-5 road trip against AL East teams.
The Twins, who have baseball's best interleague record since 2006 at 54-19, are 18-7 against the Brewers during that time. They've outscored them 173-102 in that span, too.Notes
|Nick Punto smacks an RBI double in the first as the Twins tee off against Dave Bush and the Brewers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Joe Inglett, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.342|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||2||3||0||1||1||.288|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Casey McGehee, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.261|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.294|
|George Kottaras, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH-C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.236|
|a-singled for Kottaras in the 8th|
|2B - Joe Inglett (3, Blackburn), Ryan Braun (12, Blackburn)|
|HR - Carlos Gomez (3, Blackburn)|
|RBI - Carlos Gomez 3 (9)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1|
|DP - Escobar-Fielder, Braun-Inglett-Fielder, Inglett-Escobar-Fielder|
|E - Craig Counsell (3, Throwing)|
|Dave Bush (L,1-5)||0.1||6||7||7||2||0||0||5.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 36-17, Jeff Suppan 59-32, Claudio Vargas 38-20, Mitch Stetter 26-13, Todd Coffey 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 1-1, Jeff Suppan 4-4, Claudio Vargas 1-4, Todd Coffey 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dave Bush 10, Jeff Suppan 17, Claudio Vargas 10, Mitch Stetter 5, Todd Coffey 5|
|Denard Span, CF||6||3||3||1||0||0||1||.279|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||3||3||0||2||0||0||.293|
|Joe Mauer, C||3||2||0||0||2||0||3||.336|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||5||2||3||3||0||0||3||.370|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||2||1||1||2||3||0||0||.268|
|Jason Kubel, DH||3||1||1||4||1||0||3||.220|
|Delmon Young, LF||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.267|
|Trevor Plouffe, SS||5||1||2||2||0||1||3||.400|
|Nick Punto, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||.232|
|2B - Denard Span (8, Suppan), Justin Morneau (11, Suppan), Trevor Plouffe (1, Suppan), Nick Punto (4, Bush)|
|SF - Jason Kubel (1), Delmon Young (4)|
|RBI - Denard Span (18), Justin Morneau 3 (32), Michael Cuddyer 2 (25), Jason Kubel 4 (20), Delmon Young 2 (18), Trevor Plouffe 2 (2), Nick Punto (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (14), Trevor Plouffe (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Plouffe-Hudson-Morneau|
|Nick Blackburn (W,5-1)||7.1||7||3||3||1||2||1||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 91-58, Jose Mijares 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 12-7, Jose Mijares 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 29, Jose Mijares 6|
|Attendance - 38737|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|