MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh inning and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
Garza (3-4) scattered six hits over 6 1-3 scoreless innings against the team that brought him to the big leagues in 2006. The right-hander, signed to a $50 million, four-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, struck out eight and walked two for his first win since May 5.
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 followed Scooter Gennett’s leadoff 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.
After three perfect innings by Gibson, Jean Segura opened the fourth with his sixth bunt hit of the season. Segura advanced to second on Ryan Braun’s groundout and scored on Lucroy’s single up the middle, with Lucroy going to second on the throw.
Gomez followed with another single back through the box.
Milwaukee scored in the seventh on consecutive two-out errors by third baseman Trevor Plouffe.
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. 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.
NOTES: Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury, went 2 for 4 as the designated hitter in his second rehab game for Class-A Wisconsin. Ramirez is expected to be activated for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota and could be the DH in the American League ballpark. … Monday was the first of four consecutive games between the Brewers and Twins, two in Milwaukee followed by two in Minnesota. … Gibson’s soft liner just beyond the reach of Gennett at second was his first hit in four major league at-bats.
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