Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and rookie closer John Axford converted his first six-out save to help Milwaukee’s bullpen hold on in the Brewers’ 7-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Rickie Weeks homered for Milwaukee, which built a 7-3 lead until reliever Todd Coffey allowed a two-run double to Delmon Young with no outs in the eighth.
Axford entered, getting pinch-hitter Jim Thome to pop up. He walked Nick Punto, but doubled off Young on Jason Kubel’s broken bat liner back to the mound.
In the ninth, Axford allowed a two-out single to Joe Mauer, then struck out Justin Morneau for his fifth straight save since taking the role from career saves leader Trevor Hoffman.