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The Milwaukee Brewers were probably not anyone's pick to hand the Minnesota Twins their first home losing streak this season.

The Brewers have done just that with help from former Twin Carlos Gomez and will try for their first sweep in Minnesota in 19 years Sunday.

Minnesota (32-23) was 19-7 at home and the AL Central leaders had won 14 of 17 there before the visit from the team with the worst record in the majors.

The Brewers (20-36) had lost 11 of 14 prior to their trip to Target Field, but they've taken their two games there with a pair of late offensive outbursts. Milwaukee scored a combined five runs in the final two innings in a 10-5 win Friday, and Gomez drove in three in the final three innings in a 4-2 victory Saturday.

Gomez's 4-for-4 day pushed his hit streak to nine games as he boosted his career average in 24 games against the Twins to .369. He has 19 RBIs against the team he played for from 2008-09 before being traded to Milwaukee.

"Him getting back his swing, being active and being Gomie, I think it gets us going," pitcher Matt Garza said. "It's just the energy he puts out, just him being him and playing the way he plays is exciting."

Gomez will try to deliver Milwaukee's first sweep in Minnesota since a four-gamer May 17-20, 1996, at the Metrodome. That came two seasons before the Brewers' move to the NL.

Mike Fiers (2-5, 4.06 ERA) will try to help deliver that and build on his first win in six starts, a 1-0 victory in St. Louis on Monday. The right-hander yielded four hits and two walks in six innings while managing to overcome some more lackluster run support.

The Brewers have scored a combined eight runs in his last five starts, and Fiers is 1-1 with 2.57 ERA in that stretch.

He gave up a run in seven innings of a 6-2 victory in his only start against the Twins on June 16, 2012, in Minnesota, and faces Mike Pelfrey (4-2, 2.59) in this matchup.

The right-hander has allowed one run and pitched at least six innings in each of his last three starts, but he took a 1-0 loss in Boston on Tuesday.

"You tip your cap, and you try to move on," Pelfrey said.

Pelfrey, 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in four home starts, will take on the Brewers for the first time since Aug. 19, 2011, when he was with the New York Mets. Aramis Ramirez, Adam Lind and Jonathan Lucroy are a combined 1 for 15 lifetime against Pelfrey.

He'll face a Brewers lineup that's totaled 18 runs and 36 hits in its past three games. Jean Segura is riding a nine-game hit streak after going 2 for 4 on Saturday.

Minnesota's Joe Mauer, 4 for 7 in this series, has reached base in 30 consecutive interleague games for the third-longest streak in team history. He's batting .399 in his last 52 contests against NL opponents and .384 in his past 47 against Milwaukee.

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