Lind's big night sparks Brewers in 10-5 win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The music on the clubhouse speakers was blaring loudly and the Milwaukee Brewers were having themselves a good time.
There have been precious few opportunities for Adam Lind and his teammates to celebrate this season, so the Brewers weren't going to pass this one up.
Lind hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs to lift the Brewers to a 10-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Lind also had an RBI double in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy also went deep for the Brewers, who had lost nine of 11.
''He came up in some big spots with runners on base and he delivered today,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''That's what we want. We want him hitting with runners in scoring position.''
Joe Mauer had two hits, including a three-run homer, for the Twins (32-22). But Torii Hunter and Kurt Suzuki misplayed flyballs in the eighth inning to allow the majors-worst Brewers (19-36) to break a tie and go on to beat the team with the second-best record in the American League.
With two outs and Carlos Gomez on second base, Lind hit a laser off of Aaron Thompson to right field that Hunter misjudged. It went over Hunter's head and Gomez scored easily for a 6-5 lead. Lucroy then hit a popup in front of the mound and the catcher Suzuki was late to go after it. It fell in front of him and Lind hustled around from second base.
Both plays were ruled hits, and the Brewers put three more on the board in the ninth to pull away.
Blaine Boyer (1-2) took the loss.
Kyle Gibson struck out a career-high nine in seven innings for Minnesota, but gave up five runs on five hits in his first three innings. Segura opened the game with a shot to left, Lucroy led off the second with one to center and Lind put the Brewers up 5-0 in the third inning.
''The first couple innings I felt like we were flat,'' Hunter said. ''We got a burst of energy and a little adrenaline and got something going. And then we just fell apart in the eighth.''
The Twins scratched two across in the fifth before Mauer, who was asked to bunt in the ninth inning of a tie game against the Red Sox on Thursday, hit his second homer of the season to tie it at 5.
''Obviously they're a good team, so you can't ease up,'' Lind said. ''Because they scored the five and tied it up, they make us lock it in and keep playing.''
Kyle Lohse gave up five runs and eight hits and struck out four in six innings for Milwaukee. Jeremy Jeffress (2-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the win.
The series opener served as a reunion for Twins manager Paul Molitor and Counsell, whose father was an official with the Brewers' community relations department when Molitor starred there in the 1980s. The young Counsell was around the ballpark regularly and counts Molitor as a friend.
''If you grew up in Milwaukee in the `80s then you loved Paul Molitor, you loved Robin Yount, you loved Jim Gantner,'' Counsell said. ''Those were your guys. Those were the jerseys you wore. Those were the people you imitated.''
Brewers: Ryan Braun returned after missing the game Wednesday to fly to California for a procedure to try to ease the inflammation in his right thumb. He is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday. Braun had a similar procedure done on his thumb last October. He said that the doctor is hopeful that it will be good for the remainder of the season.
Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco, on the disabled list with an injured right ankle, will get a cortisone injection to try to relieve the discomfort a bone fragment is causing. GM Terry Ryan said the fragment is from an old injury but surgery has not been considered.
The Twins will send Rule 5 draft pick J.R. Graham to the mound for his first big league start. Graham is getting a spot start because the Twins played a doubleheader on Wednesday. Graham has a 3.10 ERA with 17 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 1-3 innings in relief this season. The Brewers will send former Twin Matt Garza (3-7, 5.52) to the mound. He is 0-4 with a 7.48 ERA in his last five starts.