Twins blow lead late against Brewers

Morry Gash/AP: Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton can’t catch a two-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Jedd Gyorko during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Jedd Gyorko blasted a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers came from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Tuesday.

The Brewers started their winning rally when Christian Yelich beat the Twins’ shift with a one-out double. With the Twins moving their infield to the right against the left-handed hitter, Yelich responded by hitting a grounder up the third-base line and into left field.

Gyorko followed with a shot to center off Taylor Rogers (1-2). Rogers entered in the eighth inning of a tie game one night after working the ninth to earn his fourth save.

Eddie Rosario of the Twins and Manny Pina of the Brewers each hit two home runs. Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco and Milwaukee’s Avisail Garcia also homered.

Rosario, whose grand slam accounted for the Twins’ only runs in their 4-2 victory at Milwaukee on Monday, helped give Minnesota a 4-1 lead by homering on his first two plate appearances. The Brewers rallied to tie the game because of Manny Pina’s solo shot in the fifth and two-run blast in the sixth.

The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jorge Polanco and Rosario hit solo shots off Josh Lindblom that landed in a nearly identical spot just inside the right-field foul pole. 

Milwaukee cut the deficit in half when Garcia led off the bottom of the first by homering to left off Tyler Clippard, who worked just one inning as the opener in a bullpen game for the Twins.

Garcia improved to 3 of 6 with three homers in his career against Clippard.

The Twins stretched out their lead in the third when Rosario homered to right after Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk.

Lindblom recorded a career-high eight strikeouts – he had struck out seven in his last start – but gave up those three homers in his four-inning stint. Alex Claudio, Eric Yardley, David Phelps, Devin Williams (1-1) and Josh Hader combined for five innings of shutout relief. 

Hader walked one and struck out three in the ninth for his third save.

Pina sparked the Brewers’ comeback. He led off the sixth by homering to left off Matt Wisler. The Brewers later got two-out singles from Orlando Arcia and Avisail Garcia to put runners on the corners, but Trevor May ended the threat by getting Keston Hiura to strike out looking.

On Pina’s next trip to the plate, he blasted a 3-0 pitch from May over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot that tied the game at 4-all. 

TRAINERS’ ROOM

Twins: Catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo was activated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to the team’s alternate training site. Astudillo had tested positive for COVID-19 when he reported to summer camp at the beginning of July.

Brewers: Milwaukee activated first baseman/outfielder Ryan Braun from the injured list and optioned utilityman Mark Mathias to the team’s alternate training site. 

Braun, who hadn’t played since July 29 due to an infected right index finger, was in the starting lineup Tuesday as a designated hitter.

TWINS TRADE

The Twins acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. 

Vargas, 29, had gone 3 of 20 in eight games with Arizona before getting designated for assignment on Thursday. He batted .269 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 92 games last season.

UP NEXT

Kenta Maeda (2-0, 2.65) pitches for the Twins, and Eric Lauer (0-1, 9.53) starts for the Brewers as this three-game series ends Wednesday at Milwaukee.

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