MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins overcame an early five-run deficit, but Adam Lind provided six RBIs, including a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth, to lead the Brewers to a 10-5 win on Friday night at Target Field.
Lind, who hit a three-run blast off Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson in the third, came through again in the eighth against lefty reliever Aaron Thompson. Lind smacked a hard liner that Torii Hunter initially broke in on, but it went over his head to bring home Carlos Gomez from second. The Brewers added an insurance run on a popup from Jonathan Lucroy that landed about five feet in front of home plate in front of four Twins. Milwaukee add three more runs in the ninth to put it away, including a two-run single from Lind with the bases loaded and two outs
"He was big tonight," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Lind. "He came up in some spots with lots of runners on base. He delivered today and that's what we want. We want him hitting with men in scoring position."
Gibson gave up three early homers, including solo shots to Jean Segura and Lucroy before settling down to go seven innings. He outlasted Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse, who went six innings, and was hurt by a five-run fifth inning keyed by a three-run blast from Joe Mauer with two outs.
"The game took some strange turns," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Gibby gave up five runs early, including three runs with two outs. And then we had the big inning with a couple big hits and Joe getting us back in the game. But then on defense, we had some misplays with the missed popup being most glaring."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Brewers break tie: Milwaukee responded after Gibson was pulled, scoring two two-out runs in the eighth. The Brewers took advantage of defensive lapses, using back-to-back doubles from Gomez and Lind and a popup-ruled-single from Lucroy.
"We kept putting pressure on them," Counsell said. "Another day where we put runners on base, and today we capitalized on those runners.
Mauer's blast caps five-run fifth: The Twins entered the fifth down 5-0, but rallied for five runs against Lohse to tie the game. Brian Dozier kept the inning alive with an RBI infield single before Hunter followed with an RBI single to left. It set the stage for Mauer's game-tying blast to right on an 0-2 fastball from Lohse.
"He left some pitches up we were able to handle," Hunter said. "Joe Mauer with that three-run jack to tie the game up was awesome. I had so much adrenaline I almost passed out. But it was a tough game. We bounced back, but they finished it."
Missed double play leads to big inning: With two on in the fifth, Brewers second baseman Hernan Perez bobbled a potential inning-ending double-play ball. He recovered to get Aaron Hicks out at first, but the Twins took advantage of the extra out, scoring five runs after that play to tie the game.
Gibson settles in: Gibson led the American League with a 1.36 ERA in six starts in May, but struggled early against the Brewers. He gave up homers in each of the first three innings after entering with just five homers allowed all season. But he was able to bounce back and get through seven innings.
"It's no secret tomorrow is a bullpen day, so if I went four or five innings it was going to hurt the bullpen even more," Gibson said. "I had a job to do and that was to try to get through six or seven innings to give the bullpen a break."
"It's just the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. You just don't wanna be the bug every time." -- Hunter
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With Lohse unable to get the win after the Twins tied it in the fifth, he was denied the chance to become the 13th pitcher in Major League history to record a win against all 30 teams. Lohse pitched with the Twins from 2001-2006, and is 0-1 against them in two career starts.
WHAT'S NEXT Brewers: Righty Matt Garza will slide back into the rotation on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. CT after pitching five innings in relief and picking up the victory in Milwaukee's 17-inning game last Sunday. Garza didn't give up a run in that outing, but he's had a poor year, and is 3-7 with a 5.52 ERA.
Twins: Rule 5 Draft pick J.R. Graham is set to make his first Major League start on Saturday against the Brewers in a 1:10 p.m. CT game at Target Field. The Twins needed a starter after a doubleheader in Boston on Wednesday. The right-hander has posted a 3.10 ERA with 17 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 1/3 innings in relief this season.
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