Escobar Has Sac Fly In 14th To Lift Twins
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Hicks homered, doubled and scored the winning run in the 14th inning. It was a defensive play in the second that he was happiest about.
Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning to score Hicks on Tuesday night, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, who got six hits from Jean Segura.
Hicks made a leaping grab at the center field wall to rob Carlos Gomez of a home run in the second. Gomez watched in disbelief and then tipped his cap to Hicks.
“I really like that catch,” Hicks said. “I was kind of in the corner. It definitely was a tough catch. I didn’t even know where I was. It was kind of one of those catches where you have to focus on the ball the whole time you are running. You have to go hard all the way.”
Segura went 6 for 7 — all singles — to raise his batting average to an NL-leading .365 but Milwaukee lost for the fourth straight time and 20th in 25 games.
“Oh my, goodness gracious, he hits about everything you throw up there,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The guy’s got one of the shortest, compact swings you’ve ever seen in your life and he seems to be on everything.”
It was only the third time a Brewers player had six hits in a game, tying the team record set by Johnny Briggs in 1973 and Kevin Reimer in 1993.
Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and Hicks homered for the Twins, which have won three of four after dropping 10 straight.
Hicks hit the first pitch from reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) for a ground-rule double to lead off the 14th. Pedro Florimon, who made a baserunning blunder to get thrown out at third in the 12th, executed a sacrifice bunt to move Hicks to third.
Escobar then hit a 1-0 pitch to deep left, and Hicks scored with a slide that was a couple seconds ahead of the throw from Ryan Braun to give the Twins the lead.
Despite sitting for nearly 4 1/2 hours, Escobar said he stayed ready by hitting in a batting cage near the dugout.
“It’s my opportunity right there,” Escobar said. “It’s my chance. I got a good swing.”
The loss was another in a series of deflating games for Milwaukee.
“It’s a tough loss,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Any time you go that many innings and lose it’s tough. We played well, came back to tie it in the ninth but couldn’t put together any offense after that.”
Ryan Pressly (2-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the victory.
Brian Duensing worked the bottom of the 14th for his first save in two chances.
After Minnesota blew a 4-0 lead, Justin Morneau had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Twins a 5-4 lead.
Milwaukee tied it at 5 in the bottom of the ninth on Segura’s fifth single of the game, scoring Jeff Bianchi from second as Twins closer Glen Perkins blew his second save.
All three Twins homers were off Milwaukee starter Alfredo Figaro and the Twins opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Milwaukee scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth off Minnesota starter Scott Diamond to tie the score 4-all.
Figaro allowed four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings.
Doumit hit a two-run homer in the second, and Willingham hit a solo shot in the fourth. Three batters later, Hicks hit his fourth homer to make it 4-0.
Diamond gave up four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over 4 2-3 innings.
The Brewers cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Ramirez and a double by Jonathan Lucroy. Milwaukee tied it in the fifth on a two-out single by Segura and a triple off the right field wall by Braun.
Braun went 2 for 5 after missing Monday’s game to rest a sore thumb.
NOTES: RHP Kyle Lohse was announced as the starter for the Brewers game Thursday at Minnesota. He missed his last start due to right elbow tenderness. … Twins INF Trevor Plouffe (concussion) is scheduled to come off the DL on Wednesday. … Brewers LHP Chris Narveson (left middle finger) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start on Thursday. He is expected to join the Brewers rotation after making four rehab starts.
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