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Twins suffer third loss in 11 games

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ben Sheets showed why he anchors the Brewers'
pitching staff.

Sheets pitched four-hit ball for six innings and Chad Moeller
homered Friday night in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota
Twins. Sheets (6-4) improved to 4-0 after a Milwaukee loss, and the
Brewers are 9-5 overall in his 14 starts.

"You hate to put so much pressure on your No. 1 guy, but that's
his job, to be the stopper of the staff," manager Ned Yost said.

Keith Ginter drove in two runs, and Brady Clark had an RBI
single for the Brewers, who snapped Minnesota's three-game winning
streak. The AL Central-leading Twins lost for only the third time
in 11 games.

"Not a very good game for us offensively," manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "I think Mr. Sheets had something to do with
that."

The Twins landed in Milwaukee at 2 a.m. after rallying to beat
the Expos 6-4 Thursday night for a three-game sweep in Montreal.

Torii Hunter, who had a hit and a walk and struck out looking,
said the late flight had little to do with the outcome.

"When you play the game, the second wind comes up," Hunter
said. "Sheets, he was pretty good tonight. His curveball was
unbelievable."

Sheets allowed only one hit through the first four innings --
Hunter's double in the second.

Minnesota pushed across a run with one out in the fifth.

Hunter walked, went to third on Jacque Jones' single and scored
on Luis Rivas' single. After pinch-hitter Jose Offerman popped out,
Cristian Guzman took a called third strike.

"We had one shot in the fifth inning, but he got out of it,"
Gardenhire said.

Sheets, who struck out six and walked two, worked a scoreless
sixth before Ben Grieve pinch-hit for him in the bottom half.

Sheets had only one complaint -- his fielding miscue in the
sixth.

With two outs, Corey Koskie lined a pitch right back at Sheets.
He rolled out of the way, but the ball still hit him. He picked it
up and threw from his knees, but the ball sailed over the head of
first baseman Lyle Overbay. Sheets slapped the ground after the
runner reached safely on what was ruled a hit.

"It's embarrassing, really frustrating," he said. "That
should be an out. I ducked out of the way, but still after the ball
hit me, I still have to make the play."

Jeff Bennett pitched two perfect innings before Danny Kolb
worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances, finishing the
five-hitter.

"Their bullpen came in and did a great job," Gardenhire said.

The Brewers helped Sheets out right away by scoring two runs off
Carlos Silva (7-4) with two outs in the first inning.

Geoff Jenkins reached on a fielder's choice, advanced on
Overbay's single and scored on Clark's single. Overbay came home on
Ginter's single, the third consecutive hit off Silva.

Moeller gave Sheets a 3-0 lead in the third when he hit the
first pitch from Silva for a solo homer, his third of the season.

Silva, who went at least seven innings in each of his previous
three starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings. He
walked two and struck out one.

Ginter was hit by a pitch from Grant Balfour with the bases
loaded in the seventh, forcing in another run.

Game notes
The Brewers signed 18-year-old pitcher Mark Rogers, their
top pick in the 2004 draft and the fifth choice overall. The
6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander graduates this weekend from Mt.
Ararat High School in Orr's Island, Maine. He heads to the Brewers'
rookie team in the Arizona League next week. ... The Brewers are
5-2 in interleague play this season. The Twins are 7-3. ...
Overbay's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 15
games. ... Minnesota's Lew Ford extended his career-high hitting
streak to 11 games with an infield single in the ninth.