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Associated Press, Published May 19 2012

Plouffe's homer in the 11th inning lifts Twins past Brewers

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE – Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to see a big swing. Trevor Plouffe obliged him.

Plouffe hit a solo home run in the 11th inning, lifting the Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Saturday for their season-high fourth straight win.

Plouffe’s fourth homer of the season came off Manny Parra (0-1) with two outs. Parra retired the first two batters before Plouffe sent a 2-0 pitch into the Brewers’ bullpen.

“That was a big one today,” Gardenhire said. “At that point, we were all yelling for him to hit a home run. We’d been there long enough. It was a pretty exciting moment for him.”

Plouffe was not available for comment.

“I think everybody is coming together, from our starting lineup to the pitchers to the bullpen,” outfielder Ben Revere said. “We go to Detroit and sweep them. Hopefully, we can finish this thing off with a sweep. It’d be a good feeling. We’d be right back in this.”

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said that Plouffe had Parra right where he wanted.

“He got behind. He got him in a fastball advantage count for the hitter,” Lucroy said. “He cheated to it and yanked it out of there.”

“(If) that ball is down, it’s a rollover to the shortstop,” Lucroy said. “That’s the way it goes.”

The Brewers have lost six of seven, including four straight which tied a season-worst. During that stretch, they have scored just 21 runs. Milwaukee fell to a season-low eight games below .500.

“We’ve got to be able to score a run,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Milwaukee tied its season-high with 14 strikeouts.

Matt Capps, the fifth Twins reliever, got three outs for his ninth save.

The Brewers threatened to win it in the 10th when Corey Hart singled with one out off reliever Jeff Gray (3-0). After Nyjer Morgan struck out, Ryan Braun looped the ball over second baseman Jamey Carroll and Hart raced to third on the play. But Aramis Ramirez, whose two-run homer in the eighth tied the game, flied out to end the inning.

The game turned into a battle between relievers after strong starts by the Twins’ Carl Pavano and Milwaukee’s Yovanni Gallardo.

“Both sides threw just about everything they had out there,” Gardenhire said. “It was a back-and-forth ballgame.”

Minnesota Milwaukee

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 1 0 0 Hart rf 5 0 2 0

Revere rf 4 1 2 1 Morgan cf 5 3 3 0

Wlngh lf 4 0 0 0 Braun lf 5 0 2 1

Mornea 1b 3 0 0 0 ArRmr 3b 5 1 1 2

Dozier ss 3 0 1 2 Lucroy c 4 0 1 1

ACasill 2b 5 1 0 0 RWeks 2b 5 0 0 0

Gray p 0 0 0 0 Green 1b 2 0 0 0

Capps p 0 0 0 0 Aoki ph 1 0 0 0

Butera c 5 1 2 0 FrRdrg p 0 0 0 0

Carrll 3b-2b 4 0 2 1 Axford p 0 0 0 0

Pavano p 2 0 0 0 Izturs ph-ss 2 0 0 0

Doumit ph 0 0 0 0 Maysnt ss 4 0 0 0

Komats pr 0 0 0 0 MParr p 0 0 0 0

Dunsng p 0 0 0 0 Gallard p 2 0 0 0

Mauer ph 1 0 0 0 Loe p 0 0 0 0

Burton p 0 0 0 0 J.Perez p 0 0 0 0

Perkins p 0 0 0 0 Veras p 0 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 1 1 1 1 Cnrd ph-1b 1 0 0 0

Kttrs ph-1b 1 0 0 0

Totals 37 5 8 5 Totals 42 4 9 4

Minnesota 000 101 110 01— 5

Milwaukee 000 101 020 00— 4

E—Hart (2), R.Weeks (5). DP—Milwaukee 2. LOB—Minnesota 8, Milwaukee 6. 2B—Revere 2 (3), Butera (3), Hart (13). HR—Plouffe (4), Ar.Ramirez (3). SB—Revere (2), Morgan 2 (5), Lucroy (2). S—J.Carroll. SF—Dozier 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pavano 6 5 2 2 1 6

Duensing H,5 1 0 0 0 0 1

Burton BS,1-1 1 2 2 2 0 2

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 2

Gray W,3-0 1 2 0 0 0 2

Capps S,9-9 1 0 0 0 0 1

Milwaukee

Gallardo 6 3 2 1 3 3

Loe Zc 1 1 1 1 0

J.Perez 0 0 0 0 1 0

Veras Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Fr.Rodriguez 1 3 1 1 0 0

Axford 1 0 0 0 0 1

M.Parra L,0-1 2 1 1 1 0 0

J.Perez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

HBP—by J.Perez (Revere).

T—3:45. A—42,398 (41,900).