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Dave Campbell / Associated Press, Published May 29 2013

VIDEO: Hicks helps Twins top Brewers

MINNEAPOLIS – The only way Aaron Hicks can top these highlight-show catches in center field for Minnesota is to follow them by hitting a home run.

That’s precisely what he’s done, three times already this season. Despite the .156 batting average, this rookie has shown plenty of flash and potential.

Hicks homered again and made another run-saving grab, helping Samuel Deduno and the Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday.

“He’s confident right now. You can see it, a different attitude,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s still not a perfect world for him yet, but we’re having fun watching him play baseball.”

Deduno (1-1) pitched into the eighth inning, the longest start for a Twins pitcher in more than a month, and gave up four hits and one run. He beat Marco Estrada (4-3), who was done in by a three-run first that sent the Brewers to their fifth straight loss. They’re 5-21 in May.

The night before in Milwaukee, Hicks had a home run and a double that set up the go-ahead run in the 14th inning. The rookie center fielder also made a jumping catch at the warning track to take a homer from Carlos Gomez earlier in that game, prompting a respectful tip of the helmet by Gomez.

“It’s always fun catching or robbing a home run of another center fielder,” Hicks said with a smile, “because they know what it’s like.”

Hicks also hit a pair of home runs and saved a fly ball hit by Adam Dunn from clearing the wall here against Chicago on May 13.

This time, Hicks snagged a sinking line drive by Rickie Weeks with a dive to end the fourth and keep Gomez from scoring. In the second inning, Hicks nearly stole a double from Gomez with a long run and leap at the top of the fence, but the ball fell out on his way down.

“He’s killing us,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s definitely a good defensive player. ... Offensively, we’ve thrown some fastballs and he’s taken some good swings at it.”

Gomez scored after consecutive groundouts, the only damage done against Deduno, the lanky right-hander recalled from Triple-A Rochester last week. He gave a lagging rotation and a tired bullpen a big lift.

Milwaukee Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Aoki rf 3 0 0 0 EEscor 3b 4 1 1 0

Segura ss 3 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 4 1 1 0

Braun lf 2 0 0 0 Mauer dh 3 0 1 0

ArRmr dh 4 0 1 0 Wlngh lf 4 0 1 0

CGomz cf 4 1 2 0 Doumit rf 3 1 1 2

Lucroy c 4 0 1 0 Parmel 1b 4 0 1 0

YBtncr 1b 4 0 0 1 CHrmn c 3 0 1 1

Weeks 2b 3 0 1 0 Hicks cf 3 1 1 1

Bianchi 3b 4 0 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 31 1 5 1 Totals 31 4 8 4

Milwaukee 010 000 000— 1

Minnesota 300 100 00x— 4

E—Estrada (1). DP—Milwaukee 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Milwaukee 8, Minnesota 5. 2B—Ar.Ramirez (8), C.Gomez (14), Willingham (10), Doumit (10). HR—Hicks (6).

IP H R ER BB SO

Milwaukee

Estrada L,4-3 7 7 4 4 0 5

Gorzelanny 1 1 0 0 2 2

Minnesota

Deduno W,1-1 7 4 1 1 2 2

Fien H,5 1 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,11-13 1 1 0 0 0 2

Deduno pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

HBP—by Deduno (Aoki, Weeks, Segura). Balk—Deduno.

T—2:32. A—31,359 (39,021).