Morrison's two-run single sends Twins past Brewers 3-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Morrison hit a two-run single to give the Minnesota Twins' offense a much-needed lift, and four relievers worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Morrison's liner hit high off the right-field wall with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth against reliever Boone Logan. Minnesota was 3 for 18 with runners in scoring position in the series before Morrison's hit.
The Twins salvaged the final game of the series, snapping a three-game skid with an injury-decimated starting lineup.
Addison Reed (1-3) struck out one batter in one hitless inning. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to secure his ninth save in 12 chances.
Taylor Williams (0-2) walked Brian Dozier to lead off the eighth. Logan entered and walked Max Kepler. Eddie Rosario was out on a swinging bunt that moved the runners to second and third. Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked in front of Morrison.
Morrison, in his first year with Minnesota after signing a one-year contract after spring training had begun, was hitting .113 through April 26. The veteran slugger had two hits and a homer the next day and has hit .296 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 21 games.
Jesus Aguilar homered in the sixth off Jake Odorizzi, who allowed one run five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out 10. Taylor Rogers came on with runners at first and third and got out of the jam by striking out pinch-hitter Domingo Santana. Rogers got the first out in the seventh and Ryan Pressly finished the inning.
Junior Guerra threw 91 pitches in 4 1/3 innings for Milwaukee, allowing one run on four hits.
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies is nearing a return from right rotator cuff inflammation, but manager Craig Counsell said Davies isn't in consideration to start Wednesday, when Milwaukee has an open spot in the rotation.
Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said he's exchanged texts with 1B Joe Mauer, but Mauer was going to stay away from the park on Sunday as he tries to recover from a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms. Mauer was having balance issues and sensitivity to light. Molitor said he expects Mauer to be at the park on Monday.
Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (3-3, 3.97 ERA) will come off the disabled list to start Monday's series opener against Arizona at home. Anderson has been out since May 10 because of an illness. He last started on May 6, when he gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to Pittsburgh. RHP Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.46) will start for the Diamondbacks.
Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (4-4, 4.05) will start Monday as Minnesota finishes its homestand with a three-game series against Detroit. Berrios bounced back strong in his last outing, giving up one run in 7 1/3 innings in a win over St. Louis. The Tigers will start LHP Blaine Hardy (0-0, 3.68), who will be making his second start of the season and just his second in 170 career appearances.