Twins lose to Brewers
MILWAUKEE—After a stretch of inconsistency, Matt Garza is beginning to resemble the pitcher the Brewers envisioned when they signed him to a $50-million deal last off-season.
Garza took a shutout into the seventh inning and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, sending Milwaukee to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night.
“He [Garza] came out with a great fastball, he located it well, it had life on it,” he noted.
“His sliders were outstanding. He threw good curveballs so, yes, I thought this was a really good game for him.”
Garza (3-4) scattered six hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the team that brought him to the big leagues in 2006.
Garza—signed to a four-year contract as a free agent—struck out eight and walked two for his first win since May 5.
“I’ve been feeling good,” Garza said after his best outing since his first start of the season, when he allowed just one run and two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 loss to Atlanta.
Kyle Gibson (4-5) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.
Gibson has won just one of his last eight starts after winning his first three.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on consecutive RBI singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.
Reynolds then followed Scooter Gennett’s lead-off double in the fifth with an opposite-field shot to right for his team-leading 13th home run to make it 4-0.
Milwaukee added an unearned run in the seventh and another on Lucroy’s third homer in the eighth.
The Twins got a run in the eighth on an RBI infield single by Josh Willingham and another in the ninth on an RBI infield single by Brian Dozier.
Minnesota, which stranded nine runners, squandered several scoring chances against Garza.
Joe Mauer doubled with one out in the first but was stranded at third.
Mauer doubled again to open the fourth and did not advance.
Then in the fifth, Gibson singled with two outs for his first major-league hit and Dozier followed with a double.
But Mauer struck out to end the inning.
In other interleague action, Miami beat Tampa Bay 3-1, Kansas City blanked St. Louis 6-0, the L.A. Dodgers downed the Chicago White Sox 5-2, and Pittsburgh dumped San Diego 10-3.
In AL play, Cleveland nipped Boston 3-2 and Seattle pounded New York 10-2
New York bombed Philadelphia 11-2 in the lone NL game.