MILWAUKEE -- Kenny Rogers needs to work on his reaction time.
Rogers won for just the second time in seven weeks despite leaving Sunday's game after getting hit on his left ankle by a grounder in the Minnesota Twins' 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers."I'll be fine, but I either have to move a lot quicker or make a better pitch," Rogers said.Minnesota, which lost the first two games of the series and went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip, got home runs from Corey Koskie, Denny Hocking, Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau."It's a good end to a rough road trip," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We finally got a nice win."Rogers (6-3), who allowed a season-high seven runs in a 14-7 loss at Kansas City on Tuesday, took a sharp, one-hopper off his ankle in the bottom of the sixth inning. Without taking any warmup pitches, Rogers left the game with a bruise and is day-to-day.He allowed seven hits and three runs in five-plus innings for his second win since May 4.
"He's pretty sore after he got hit pretty good," Gardenhire said. "But our bullpen picked up the pieces after that."With Minnesota leading 5-2, Geoff Jenkins led off the sixth with a double and took third on Richie Sexson's grounder that hit Rogers. Johan Santana allowed a sacrifice fly to Wes Helms before
stranding runners on first and second.
"With a big guy like Sexson, you don't want it hit back up the middle," Rogers said.Milwaukee starter Matt Kinney (5-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in his first start against his former team."He made five or six mistakes that he paid for," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Instead of making his pitch, it was a fastball right down the middle and they hit it a long way."Koskie's 11th homer of the season gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the first. He now has 19 RBI in his last 19 games.Minnesota took a 3-1 lead in the second when Dustan Mohr led off with a walk and scored on a groundout by Luis Rivas.The lead increased to 4-1 in the third when Hocking led off with a single and scored when Hunter grounded into a double play.With two outs in the fifth, Minnesota grabbed a 5-2 lead when Hocking hit his first homer of the season.Jacque Jones added a run-scoring double in the seventh and Hunter's 10th homer of the season came in the eighth."It turns out to be a good win for us," Gardenhire said. "At least to end up the road trip where we kind of scuffled."Jenkins had a run-scoring single in the first and led off the fourth with his 16th homer of the season.
Home plate umpire Rick Reed left the game after the first inning because of dizziness from a sinus infection. Second base umpire Jeff Nelson took his place after a 10-minute delay. ... The last time Hocking homered was June 16, 2002, at Miller Park, a span of 116 at-bats. ... Koskie has hit safely in 15 of his 19 games played in June. Over his past 12 games, he has four homers and 16 RBI. ... Kinney, acquired by Milwaukee in an offseason trade, spent seven seasons in the Twins' organization, including portions of two seasons in Minnesota. ... Minnesota has not lost three games
in a row to the Brewers since it lost five straight in 1996. Milwaukee was looking to sweep Minnesota at home for the first time since 1995. ... The Twins are 28-5 when they score first.