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Brewers lose to Twins early Wednesday morning, play again Wednesday night

Satellite image of Miller Park USGS By Betp at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Satellite image of Miller Park USGS By Betp at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU-Sports Network) - Shortly after midnight, Eduardo Escobar hit a pinch-hit, sacrifice fly in the 14th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5, in the finale of a two-game interleague set at Miller Park.

The Twins used the home-run ball to jump out to an early lead and utilized textbook small-ball to escape with the win in extras.

Ryan Doumit hit a two-run shot, while Josh Willingham and Aaron Hicks added solo blasts for Minnesota, which took both games in the series by getting to Burke Badenhop (0-2) in the 14th.

Hicks one-hopped the wall in center for a ground-rule double to open the inning, moved to third on Pedro Florimon's sacrifice bunt and easily scored when Escobar sent a deep fly to left.

Glen Perkins squandered a save opportunity, but it was an otherwise stellar showing from the Twins relievers, who allowed just one run on five hits over 9 1/3 innings. Ryan Pressly (2-0) tossed two perfect innings to pick up the win, and Brian Duensing anchored the bullpen by stranding a runner in the bottom of the 14th to record his first career save.

Jean Segura matched a Milwaukee franchise record with six hits and knocked in a run in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. He upped his batting average from .347 to .365, but the Brewers dropped their fourth game in a row.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the eighth, Milwaukee reliever Brandon Kintzler ran into trouble after giving up a single and issuing consecutive walks to Joe Mauer and Willingham to load the bases with one out.

Justin Morneau came through with a sac fly to left, plating Brian Dozier to give the Twins a 5-4 lead.

The Brewers answered in the ninth off Perkins. The reliever plunked pinch- hitter Jeff Bianchi with one down and allowed Norichika Aoki's single to put runners on first and second. Segura came through, as he poked a single up the middle to tie the game.

The Brewers had a chance to win with the bases loaded and Perkins still on the hill, but Carlos Gomez grounded into a fielder's choice to end the frame.

Doumit's two-run shot to deep center off Brewers starter Alfredo Figaro in the second inning opened up the scoring.

Minnesota again utilized the long-ball versus Figaro, this time with two solo blasts in the fourth. Willingham opened up the frame with a shot to left and Hicks clubbed a 2-1 offering to center with two outs, making it 4-0 in favor of the Twins.

Milwaukee, though, fought back over the next two innings and tied the game.

In the fourth, Segura and Ryan Braun reached on singles before Aramis Ramirez hit a double, plating both runners to cut the deficit in half. Two batters later, Jonathan Lucroy traded places with Ramirez with a his own Tobago, making it 4-3.

In the fifth, Segura singled with two outs and Braun, who had been dealing with a nagging thumb injury, tripled Segura home to knot the game at 4-4.  

Game Notes

Twins starter Scott Diamond allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 frames ... Figaro, making his fifth career start and first since 2010 while with Detroit, allowed four runs over five innings ... Figaro started in place of pitcher Hiram Burgos, who is on the 15-day disabled list ... Perkins has blown two of his last four save chances ... Jean Segura tied a Milwaukee team record with 6 hits in his 7 at bats... These clubs will play in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday ... Game time: 4:43.

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