MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was in a fun
mood after Saturday night's game against the Brewers. Milwaukee
skipper Ned Yost thought it stunk.
"We've been trying to get our closer in and we almost did,"
said Gardenhire, who watched Milwaukee score six runs in the final
"It was a great offensive night, we beat the ball around. We
had some good performances."
Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run and Cuddyer had two hits and
"Pee-yew," Yost said. "We just got our tails whipped."
The Twins scored six runs in the first inning as Brewers starter
Ben Hendrickson (0-2) failed to retire any of the six batters he
faced. Mauer, Torii Hunter and Cuddyer had run-scoring singles,
Justin Morneau added a two-run double, and Juan Castro drove in
Morneau with a sacrifice fly.
"That was nice," Minnesota pitcher Scott Baker said. "That
makes me a lot more comfortable."
Milwaukee scored in the bottom of the first inning when Geoff
Jenkins hit a two-run homer. Jenkins' seventh drive of the season
barely cleared the right-field wall.
Cuddyer also had a three-run triple in the Twins' five-run
fourth inning. Morneau had an RBI single and Castro's run-scoring
triple drove in Morneau to make it 11-2.
While Hendrickson didn't get an out, Baker (2-4) struck out a
career-high eight in five innings. He allowed four runs and six
hits with one walk to get his first win since April 14, a span of
"I felt better than the numbers show," Baker said. "It comes
down to making pitches when you have to."
The six runs surrendered by Hendrickson marked the second game
in a row he has allowed at least five runs in the first inning. The
San Diego Padres scored five times in the first inning on May 11
"First innings have been horrible for me the whole year," he
said. "I just have to get that out of my head. I can't get out of
the first inning."
Mauer hit his third homer in the fifth to make it 12-4.
"He's really on the ball," Gardenhire said of Mauer, who's
hitting .336. "He's been swinging well. He had a great night
Hendrickson, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was taken out of
the game before retiring a batter, marking the 14th time in Brewers
history a starter failed to get an out. The last time it happened
was Aug. 28, 1995, when Jamie McAndrew started at Chicago against
the White Sox.
Hendrickson fell to 1-10 in his career. ... Six Milwaukee
pitchers combined to walk 11 batters. ... RF Cuddyer has reached
base safely in 20 straight games. ... Saturday's attendance was
43,422, the 10th-largest crowd ever at Miller Park. ... RHP Boof
Bonser is scheduled to make his first career start for the Twins on
Sunday. ... The Twins have outscored the Brewers 23-11 in the first
two games of the series. ... Minnesota's 16 runs were the most
Milwaukee has allowed this year.