MILWAUKEE (AP) — Torii Hunter homered twice and doubled, Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Saturday.
Kyle Gibson (5-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He had lost a career-worst three straight decisions after starting June with a no-decision in the Twins’ 10-5 loss to Milwaukee at Target Field.
Casey Fien pitched the eighth and Glenn Perkins picked up his 24th save in as many chances with a perfect ninth.
Hunter and Escobar gave Gibson more support than the three runs he had gotten during his losing streak. Escobar hit a three-run homer in the fifth after Hunter doubled and Chris Herrmann walked.
Hunter homered in the sixth off Matt Garza (4-10) and in the ninth against Corey Knebel.
Garza (4-10) had lost his previous two starts, giving up a total of 26 hits and 16 runs. Against the Twins, he allowed four runs and five hits in six innings.
Gibson retired 10 of the first 11 batters before Carlos Gomez lined a double in the fourth and scored on Adam Lind’s single.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun had a two-out, RBI single in the seventh that ended Gibson’s start.
Twins: OF Aaron Hicks, sidelined since June 13 with a right forearm strain, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Friday night for Triple-A Rochester in a rehab assignment.
Brewers: LF Khris Davis, on the 15-day DL with a torn meniscus in his right knee, appears to be improving enough that manager Craig Counsell said could head out for a rehab assignment next week.
Twins: LHP Tommy Milone (4-1) looks to win his third straight start as he goes Sunday against the Brewers.
Brewers: RHP Mike Fiers (3-7) makes his second start of the season against Minnesota. He is 1-1 with an 1.88 ERA in three career starts against the Twins, who beat him 2-0 on June 7 at Target Field.
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