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Brewers overcome 7-0 hole, beat Twins 8-7

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Associated Press
July 2, 2011
— Pinch-hitter George Kottaras capped a four-run ninth inning with a go-ahead RBI single that gave the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

The Twins blew a 7-0 lead that they built on 13 hits in four innings. They had one hit the rest of the way.


Trailing 7-4, Milwaukee had three straight singles to open the ninth against Matt Capps (2-4). Nyjer Morgan then hit a two-out double high off the right-field wall to score the tying runs.


Morgan scored when Kottaras' grounder went through the hole between second baseman Alexi Casilla and the bag.


Takashi Saito (1-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief and John Axford pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.


Ryan Braun doubled to extend his hitting streak to 22 games for the Brewers, who ended a four-game slide. Milwaukee is 3-9 in its past 12 road games.


Jonathan Lucroy got the Brewers started with an RBI single in the fifth, Morgan hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Prince Fielder had an RBI double in the eighth off Twins starter Carl Pavano, who allowed eight hits and three earned runs in 7 2-3 innings.


Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson struggled to find his rhythm, allowing 14 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings. He gave up two earned runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings to beat Minnesota in his previous start.


Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia homered on consecutive pitches with one out in the third for a 3-0 lead.


Narveson retired the first two Twins hitters in the fourth before Alexi Casilla doubled off the left-field wall. After a walk to Joe Mauer, Cuddyer, Valencia, Hughes and Repko had RBI singles to make it 7-0.


NOTES: The paid attendance of 41,378 was the largest regular-season crowd at Target Field. ... Minnesota Lynx stars Candice Wiggins and Maya Moore threw out the first pitch. Wiggins is the daughter of former big leaguer Alan Wiggins. ... Milwaukee optioned RHP Tim Dillard to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Saito. ... Minnesota LF Delmon Young, on the disabled list since June 26 with a sprained right ankle, is scheduled to leave Sunday for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.



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