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Associated Press, Published May 20 2012

Lucroy helps Brewers roll past Twins

MILWAUKEE – Jason Marquis was hit hard in his shortest start of the season and the Minnesota Twins couldn’t contain Jonathan Lucroy.

Marquis allowed eight runs in 1Xc innings, done in by Milwaukee’s six-hit, six-run second inning, and the Brewers went on to beat the Twins 16-4 on Sunday.

Lucroy homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs, and Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings to improve to 14-0 at Miller Park for the Brewers.

In Milwaukee’s second inning, Ryan Braun doubled in two runs, Lucroy had a bloop two-run single and Corey Hart and Travis Ishikawa each added run-scoring singles. Marquis (2-4) also hit one of the 10 batters he faced. After Ishikawa’s two-out RBI hit, Anthony Swarzak took over for Marquis and retired Cesar Izturis on a fly ball.

“I’m putting the team in a hole every time I step on the mound,” Marquis said after losing his fourth straight start. “I can’t get it right right now. They hit good pitches and bad pitches.”

Marquis’ last victory was April 29 when he beat Kansas City.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the Brewers’ batters just didn’t miss as his club lost a chance to win five games in a row for the first time this season.

“They seemed to hit everything we threw up there,” he said. “Everything Marquis threw was up and you can’t have that from your starter.”

With the victory, the Brewers avoided being swept in a three-game series with Minnesota for the first time since Sept. 15-17, 1978, when Milwaukee was still in the American League.

Gardenhire turned to his catcher Drew Butera to pitch the eighth after using four relievers after Marquis.

“Butera looked like a catcher pitching,” Gardenhire said. “He said he pitched in high school so that’s the only reason why I put him out there.”

The Miller Park radar gun recorded one of Butera’s pitches at 94 mph.

The game got a little chippy in the Twins’ ninth.

Milwaukee reliever Tim Dillard threw behind Jamey Carroll leading off the inning and was promptly ejected by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Three Brewers had already been hit in the game.

“We pretty much stunk up the field, so there’s no need for us to be throwing at anybody,” Gardenhire said.

The Twins’ bright spot was Revere, who kept up his strong hitting since being recalled May 17. He doubled and scored on Josh Willingham’s single in the Twins’ first. Revere came into the game batting .400 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Brian Dozier had a RBI single in the eighth for the Twins.

Minnesota Milwaukee

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 0 0 0 Hart rf-1b 5 3 3 2

Revere rf 4 2 1 0 Kottars 1b 0 0 0 0

Mauer c 5 1 4 0 Morgan cf-rf 3 3 1 0

Wlngh lf 2 0 1 1 Braun lf 4 2 3 4

Mstrnn ph-lf 2 0 0 0 Aoki ph-lf 1 1 1 1

Mornea 1b 3 0 0 0 Lucroy c 5 3 3 7

Gray p 0 0 0 0 Green 3b 2 0 0 1

Dunsng p 0 0 0 0 Ishikaw 1b-rf 3 1 2 1

Butera ph-p 0 0 0 1 J.Perez p 1 0 0 0

Dozier ss 5 0 1 1 Dillard p 0 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b-1b 4 0 1 0 Loe p 0 0 0 0

JCarrll 2b 4 0 0 0 CIzturs ss 5 0 1 0

Marqus p 0 0 0 0 Maysnt 2b 5 0 0 0

Swarzk p 1 0 0 0 Greink p 3 2 2 0

Komats ph 1 0 0 0 CGomz cf 2 1 1 0

AlBrntt p 0 0 0 0

ACasill ph-3b 2 1 1 0

Totals 37 4 9 3 Totals 39 16 17 16

Minnesota 100 000 012— 4

Milwaukee 260 210 50x— 16

E—C.Izturis (2), Maysonet (2), Green (1). DP—Minnesota 1, Milwaukee 2. LOB—Minnesota 11, Milwaukee 7. 2B—Revere (4), Mauer (11), Braun 2 (8). HR—Hart (9), Lucroy 2 (4). SF—Green.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Marquis L,2-4 1Xc 8 8 8 1 0

Swarzak 2Zc 2 2 2 1 2

Al.Burnett 2 3 1 1 1 1

Gray 0 4 5 5 0 0

Duensing 1 0 0 0 0 1

Butera 1 0 0 0 1 1

Milwaukee

Greinke W,5-1 6Xc 5 1 1 2 6

J.Perez Xc 2 1 1 1 1

Dillard Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Loe 1 2 2 0 2 0

Gray pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.

HBP—by Marquis (Green), by Gray (Morgan), by Duensing (Green). WP—Butera.

T—3:25. A—33,064 (41,900).