MILWAUKEE (AP) -- It's becoming routine for the Milwaukee Brewers
to provide late-inning excitement at Miller Park.
Carlos Lee's two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning to
help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday, hours
after the Twins won funding for a new stadium.
The Brewers are 17-9 at Miller Park, and have come from behind
in 15 of those victories.
"They don't panic when they fall behind," manager Ned Yost
said. "They know that somewhere over the course of the game they
are going to put something together.
"We weren't doing much, but guys were still up, and we knew
that at any time we could break loose," he said.
Chris Capuano (5-3) won for the first time in four starts. The
left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, eight hits
and two walks while striking out four.
He has pitched quality starts in all 10 of his outings this
season, and has a 2.78 ERA.
"We feel really good about the way Cappy's been throwing,"
Yost said. "He can give us seven or eight strong innings, and
that's exactly what he did."
Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15
The Brewers rallied against reliever Jesse Crain (0-2), who gave
up four runs while only getting one out.
"Our bullpen has been quite reliable for us, but Jesse couldn't
make a pitch when he needed to and they jumped on us," Minnesota
manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"That's my job," Lee said. "That's what I have to do."
The game started about eight hours after Minnesota lawmakers
gave final approval to a financing plan for an open-air stadium for
the Twins. The new $522 million ballpark, paid for mostly by
taxpayers, is scheduled to open in 2010.
The comeback spoiled the major-league debut of Twins'
right-hander Boof Bonser, a former first-round draft choice who
pitched six solid innings. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Bonser gave up
only one run and five hits. He walked three and struck out eight.
He held the Brewers to 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position,
and allowed only one run after allowing Milwaukee to load the bases
with no outs in the first.
"The first inning was crazy," Bonser said. "I'm shocked I
couldn't see my heart beating through my jersey.
"But I got out of it and settled down and I'm pretty much happy
with what I did," he said.
Milwaukee made it 1-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly by Lee,
who had three RBI in the game.
The Twins tied the score in the third with an unearned run. Joe
Mauer's single scored Bonser, who had reached on a throwing error
by Hall at short.
The Brewers said RHP Ben Sheets would stay in Milwaukee for
an MRI on his right shoulder instead of joining the team when it
begins its road trip in Cincinnati Monday night. ... Brewers C
Damian Miller left the game after the fourth inning with back
spasms. ... Bonser legally changed his name to Boof, a nickname
since childhood, from John following the 2001 baseball season. ...
Bonser was a 2000 first-round draft choice of the San Francisco
Giants, but was traded to the Twins in the 2003 deal that also
brought Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano to Minnesota. The Giants
received catcher A.J. Pierzynski. ... After the game, the Brewers
optioned RHP Ben Hendrickson to Triple-A Nashville and recalled RHP
Chris Mabeus from Nashville.