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Jon Krawczynski / AP Baseball Writer, Published June 16 2012

Braun's two homers carry Brewers past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Trevor Plouffe is still getting used to the increased media attention that is coming as the result of an impressive homer binge.

The only ones at Target Field on Saturday who didn’t seem to want a piece of him were the guys on Milwaukee’s pitching staff.

Plouffe went 0-for-1 with three walks to snap a string of four consecutive games with a home run in Minnesota’s 6-2 loss to the Brewers.

“They weren’t giving me much to hit today,” said Plouffe, who went deep twice in the series opener and led the majors with 13 homers since May 16.

Plouffe’s childhood friend Ryan Braun did all the damage in the second game, hitting two solo homers off of Liam Hendriks (0-3) to get the Brewers rolling. Braun added a double and a walk and Aramis Ramirez and Cody Ransom also went deep for Milwaukee.

Braun and Plouffe have been friends for the better part of 15 years. Plouffe played baseball with Braun’s younger brother growing up in California and got to know Braun, who is two years older, quite well. They share the same agent and work out together in the offseason.

“I can’t let Trev surpass me in homers or I will never hear the end of it,” Braun said with a smile. “It’s my motivation to not allow Trevor Plouffe to pass me in home runs, which is not easy to do. Luckily we didn’t throw him any strikes today. He only got to swing the bat once.”

Hendriks gave up five runs – two earned – on eight hits in five innings in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, and the Twins were befuddled by right-hander Michael Fiers (2-2).

Fiers gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts in seven innings, pitched around the surging Plouffe twice and dared the rest of the Twins’ hitters to beat him. With catcher Joe Mauer not starting because of a sore hamstring, the rest of the Twins had a hard time figuring Fiers out.

Ben Revere had two hits and an RBI and Josh Willingham added an RBI single off reliever Manny Parra in the eighth inning for the Twins, who have lost four straight.

“He had a pretty funky delivery, pretty deceptive,” Plouffe said Fiers. “He was keeping us off balance and he was working away and coming in. He was doing it all.”

Mauer didn’t start for the Twins because of a sore hamstring, but grounded out in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth to end the game.

Milwaukee Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Aoki rf 5 0 2 2 Span cf 3 1 0 0

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

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

ArRmr 3b 5 1 2 1 Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0

Maysnt ss 0 0 0 0 Doumit c 4 0 1 0

Kottars dh 3 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 1 0 0 0

RWeks 2b 4 1 2 0 Dozier ss 4 0 1 0

Green 1b 4 1 0 0 Mstrnn lf 4 1 1 0

Rnsm ss-3b 3 1 1 1 JCarrll 2b 3 0 0 0

Mldnd c 3 0 0 0 Mauer ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 36 6 10 6 Totals 32 2 6 2

Milwaukee 022 011 000— 6

Minnesota 001 000 010— 2

E—J.Carroll 2 (5). DP—Milwaukee 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Milwaukee 7, Minnesota 7. 2B—Braun (11), Doumit (9), Mastroianni (1). HR—Braun 2 (19), Ar.Ramirez (7), Ransom (5). SB—Dozier (2). S—M.Maldonado.

IP H R ER BB SO

Milwaukee

Fiers W,2-2 7 4 1 1 2 5

M.Parra 1 2 1 1 1 0

Veras 1 0 0 0 1 1

Minnesota

Hendriks L,0-3 5 8 5 2 1 5

Swarzak 2 2 1 1 1 3

Manship 2 0 0 0 1 0

T—2:57. A—37,698 (39,500).