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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Brewers Blow Lead in 7-10 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

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.

Weeks scored on Carlos Lee's RBI single and Jenkins trotted home on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly to the center-field wall, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

"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.

Damian Miller's single scored Lee and Gabe Gross drove in Fielder with a sacrifice fly, giving the Brewers a 7-6 lead.

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 back."

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."


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