Derrick Turnbow's bases loaded walk to Stewart in the eighth
forced home the go-ahead run and helped the Minnesota Twins extend
their winning streak to nine games with a 10-7 victory over the
Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Stewart, who had been on the disabled list since May 22 with
plantar fascia, also had four hits, and will add to a Twins lineup
in the middle of a hot streak.
"That's a good veteran bat to get back in our lineup," said
Twins third baseman Nick Punto, who finished 1-for-3. "Any time
you add a .300 hitter to your lineup, that's a good thing."
Trailing 7-6 in the eighth inning, Michael Cuddyer had an RBI
triple to tie the game. Turnbow (4-4) then intentionally walked
Justin Morneau and hit Torii Hunter with a pitch to load the bases.
Stewart then walked forcing in a run before Jason Kubel's two-run
single made it 10-7.
The Twins, who have won 19 of their last 21 games, pounded out
"It was horrible," Turnbow said. "I was horrible out there
tonight and they made me pay for it."
Although Kubel finished with a career-high four hits, he lost a
ball in the Metrodome roof and misjudged a fly ball that
contributed to Milwaukee rallies.
After Brady Clark and Rickie Weeks reached base to start the
third, Geoff Jenkins lifted a high fly ball to left. The ball fell
a few feet behind Kubel after he lost it in the Metrodome's Teflon
roof. Hunter kicked the ball trying to pick it up, allowing Clark
to score, Weeks to advance to third and Jenkins to second.
"We got the win, that's all that matters," Kubel said. "Every
now and then I have trouble seeing the ball. I don't know what the
deal is with that. I'm still trying to get used to it."
It was the first time the Twins trailed since a 1-0 deficit in
the top of the second inning on June 23 against the Chicago Cubs.
That lead lasted only a half-inning and so did this one.
Hunter and Kubel made up for their defensive blunders with RBI
singles, and rookie Jason Bartlett added an RBI double, giving the
Twins a 5-3 lead after the third. Joe Mauer's second hit of the
game extended the Twins' lead in the fourth.
Milwaukee claimed the lead again in the fifth. The first three
Brewers' reached base, with Bill Hall scoring on Lee's single.
Kubel's second defensive blunder on Fielder's line drive allowed
another run to score. Kubel started back on the ball, then sprinted
forward after realizing he misjudged it. The ball fell a few feet
in front of Kubel and bounced off his glove.
It was the first time in 11 straight home wins the Twins have
given up more than three runs.
"A lot of hits, a lot of balls that weren't really centered,"
Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "A lot of balls found holes and
it's just one of those games."
"(Milwaukee) brought in Turnbow and I thought, 'wow, this can't
be good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire added. "But wow, what a
great ball game. This win was huge for us tonight."
Gardenhire also was happy to have Stewart back.
"You saw what he brings to this lineup. It's great to have him
Brewers' starter Chris Capuano failed to last at least six
innings for the first time all season. He allowed six runs in four
innings and tied a season-high, giving up 11 hits.
"These games are going to happen," Capuano said. "This is
major league baseball. I just didn't have it tonight. Everything I
threw was up and everything went wrong."
Twins starter Carlos Silva lasted 4 1-3 innings, allowing five
earned runs and nine hits.
Saturday's outing broke a string of five consecutive
quality starts for Capuano. He now has a quality start in 16 of 18
games. ... The Twins had two eight-game winning streaks in June,
the first time in franchise history they have tallied two
eight-game wining streaks in the same month. ... Mauer leads all
major league catchers in hits, batting average, doubles, runs,
on-base percentage and slugging percentage.