Thames homers as Brewers down Twins 2-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Thames has a penchant for game-changing home runs this season.

Thames hit a two-run homer that accounted for the game's only runs as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Tuesday. Thames has three home runs in the past six games.

''I'd say that's a hot streak,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Eight of Thames' 12 homers have put the Brewers on the board and seven have given his team a lead.

Milwaukee broke through in the fifth against Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi (3-6) when pinch-hitter Nate Orf walked and stole second before Thames lined a homer that just cleared the right-field fence.

''It was a cutter that didn't get in far enough,'' Odorizzi said. ''I just didn't execute it, plain and simple. I just didn't get enough break on it. Right pitch, just bad execution and it turns out to be the deciding factor.''

Thames reached base three times in four at-bats. After the game, he credited Milwaukee's pitching, which held Minnesota to two hits.

''Our bullpen has been the hammer for us,'' Thames said. ''They have been the ones to pick us up, but we need to start scoring more, getting guys on base and driving them in and give them breathing room.''

It wasn't just the bullpen on this day.

Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra (5-5) pitched five shutout innings. He gave up two hits while walking three and striking out eight and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first after giving up a double and two walks.

''Being able to put up a zero up there and not let them score was very big,'' Guerra said through team translator Carlos Brizuela. ''Walks are very lethal, especially for a starter.''

Josh Hader pitched a season-high three innings in relief for the Brewers and didn't allow a hit. Closer Corey Knebel notched his ninth save in 11 attempts by striking out the side in the ninth.

Both starting pitchers held their opponents in check but struggled with high pitch counts. Guerra threw 89 pitches. Odorizzi gave up two runs and four hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out nine but threw 109 pitches.

The Twins fell to 1-7 on their current nine-game road trip.

INFIELD INACTIVITY

The Twins became the first team whose first baseman, Joe Mauer, played an entire game and had no putouts or assists since Edwin Encarnacion did it with Toronto against Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2012. This has happened just six other times in the past 20 years and never to the Twins.

''There wasn't a ground ball today, which is a baseball oddity,'' Molitor said. ''I can't really explain it other than Odorizzi, we know, is a fly ball guy.''

CHOKED UP

In the ninth, home plate umpire Marty Foster called Jake Cave out on strikes but didn't raise his arm right away with the signal, prompting an argument from Molitor.

''It looked like, as simply as I can state it, that he wasn't going to make the call,'' Molitor said. ''Jake made the mistake of walking away, and it looked like (Foster) put his arm up after the fact. He said that he had called it right away but that he was choking on his Nicorette mints.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Recalled LHP Gabriel Moya from Triple-A Rochester and optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester. Littell was the losing pitcher in Monday's 10-inning game. ...2B Brian Dozier didn't start so he could rest but entered the game in the seventh. ''It's always tough to sit (Dozier),'' Molitor said. ''I think if he had his druthers, he would play 162 games and start them all.''

Brewers: OF Christian Yelich didn't start for the fifth consecutive game due to lower back tightness but entered in the ninth as a defensive replacement. ..OF Lorenzo Cain (left groin strain) is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he likely won't be in the lineup right away. ''There's enough caution there that we've got to get over the last hurdle,'' Counsell said. ''We're not to 100 percent yet.'' ... RHP Zach Davies (right shoulder tightness) is dealing with back soreness and stiffness. ''He won't throw until that's gone,'' Counsell said. ''That's going to set him back.''

UP NEXT

Twins: Jose Berrios (8-6, 3.52 ERA) gets the start in the three-game series finale. Berrios will face the Brewers for the first time in his career.

Brewers: Chase Anderson (6-6, 4.18) has held opponents to a .208 batting average this season.

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  • W: J. Guerra (5-5)L: J. Odorizzi (3-6)S: C. Knebel (9)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (12)
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  • a-struck out for Moya in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
  • c-popped out for Pressly in the 7th
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  • a-struck out for Hader in the 8th
  • b-walked for Ju. Guerra in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Polanco
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Miller (13)
  • HR - E. Thames (12)
  • RBI - E. Thames 2 (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Orf
FIELDING
  • E - E. Rosario (6)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Miller (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Odorizzi (L, 3-6)5.04224914.571.444.5
R. Pressly1.00000303.761.404.5
G. Moya2.00000407.711.148.0
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J. Odorizzi (L, 3-6)5.0
R. Pressly1.0
G. Moya2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra (W, 5-5)5.02003802.871.1921.0
J. Hader (H, 14)3.00001201.210.749.0
C. Knebel (S, 9)1.00000303.050.9211.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra (W, 5-5)5.0
J. Hader (H, 14)3.0
C. Knebel (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 109-67, R. Pressly 12-10, G. Moya 23-16
  • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, R. Pressly 3, G. Moya 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 89-56, J. Hader 36-23, C. Knebel 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-6, J. Hader 3-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, J. Hader 10, C. Knebel 3
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E. Rosario LF30100100.312.354.562.9152.0
E. Escobar 3B20000222.274.333.522.8551.0
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J. Cave CF40000042.233.267.488.755-2.0
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  • a-struck out for Moya in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
  • c-popped out for Pressly in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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E. Kratz C30000010.250.308.458.766-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Hader in the 8th
  • b-walked for Ju. Guerra in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Polanco
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Miller (13)
  • HR - E. Thames (12)
  • RBI - E. Thames 2 (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Orf
FIELDING
  • E - E. Rosario (6)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Miller (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Odorizzi (L, 3-6)5.04224914.571.444.5
R. Pressly1.00000303.761.404.5
G. Moya2.00000407.711.148.0
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PITCHERSIP
J. Odorizzi (L, 3-6)5.0
R. Pressly1.0
G. Moya2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra (W, 5-5)5.02003802.871.1921.0
J. Hader (H, 14)3.00001201.210.749.0
C. Knebel (S, 9)1.00000303.050.9211.5
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PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra (W, 5-5)5.0
J. Hader (H, 14)3.0
C. Knebel (S, 9)1.0
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PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 109-67, R. Pressly 12-10, G. Moya 23-16
  • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, R. Pressly 3, G. Moya 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 89-56, J. Hader 36-23, C. Knebel 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-6, J. Hader 3-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, J. Hader 10, C. Knebel 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Thames homered to right, Orf scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Christian Yelich in left field
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • Robbie Grossman hit for Gabriel Moya
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
    • Logan Morrison hit for Bobby Wilson
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco popped out to second
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep left
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
    • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Moya Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Shaw lined out to third
    • Eric Sogard hit for Josh Hader
    • E. Sogard: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson grounded out to third
    • Brian Dozier hit for Ryan Pressly
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier popped out to second
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Gabriel Moya pitching
    • N. Orf: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Orf struck out looking
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to right
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • Hernan Perez in left field
    • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
    • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Pressly relieved Jake Odorizzi
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
    • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Odorizzi: Strike looking, Odorizzi grounded out to third
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
    • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario singled to center, Polanco to second
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nate Orf hit for Junior Guerra
    • N. Orf: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Orf walked
    • B. Miller: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging, Orf stole second
    • E. Thames: Foul, Thames homered to right, Orf scored
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw singled to left center, Shaw to second on left fielder Rosario fielding error
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
    • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Astudillo reached on fielder's choice to second, Kepler to second on shortstop Miller fielding error
    • J. Cave: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
    • B. Wilson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wilson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kratz flied out to right
    • K. Broxton: Foul, Ball, Broxton flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Mauer flied out to left
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Rosario fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • B. Miller: Miller doubled to right
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Thames singled to right, Miller to third
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw flied out to left
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Wilson popped out to shortstop
    • J. Odorizzi: Ball, Odorizzi lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kratz flied out to deep right
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Broxton walked
    • J. Guerra: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Guerra struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked, Polanco to third, Rosario to second
    • M. Kepler: Kepler popped out to shortstop
    • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Astudillo flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • B. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Miller flied out to deep center
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Thames walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked, Thames to second
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)