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Brewers rout Twins 11-1

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COLIN FLY
June 25, 2011
— Prince Fielder hit one of four Milwaukee homers to give him an NL-best 67 RBIs this season and the Brewers beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 11-1 Saturday night after Delmon Young left on a stretcher.

Carlos Gomez, Yuniesky Betancourt and Corey Hart also went deep as the NL Central-leading Brewers won their sixth straight over Minnesota.


The tumbling Twins dropped their fourth in a row overall and may have lost Young for a prolonged period after the left fielder jammed his right ankle against the wall in the fifth.


Yovani Gallardo (9-4) gave up a run over seven innings. Gomez homered off Francisco Liriano (4-7) to highlight a five-run third and Fielder's 21st blast of the season, a two-run shot, capped the sixth.


Milwaukee improved to 28-11 at Miller Park, the best home record in the majors. The Brewers hold a season-high two-game lead over the Cardinals in the division.


Liriano had been sharp recently, but this performance looked more like his 1-4 start to the season. The Twins' defense didn't help him much after Minnesota took an early 1-0 lead. In the third, the Twins committed two errors after Gomez homered to make it 2-1 as Liriano labored through a 43-pitch inning.


Gomez flipped his bat emphatically on his big hit after being mired in a 3-for-32 slump and limited to playing against lefties.


Rickie Weeks followed with a single, reaching second on Danny Valencia's errant throw from third. Hart walked and Ryan Braun singled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. Ben Revere misplayed the ball in center, allowing Weeks and Hart to score and Braun to reach second. Casey McGehee's single gave Milwaukee a 5-1 lead.


The Brewers tacked on runs on Weeks' sacrifice fly in the fourth before Liriano departed, Betancourt's inside-the-park effort in the fifth and Braun's sacrifice fly before Fielder's homer in the sixth made it 10-1.


It was the 213th homer in Fielder's career, moving him past Geoff Jenkins for second place on the franchise's all-time list behind Robin Yount's 251.


Hart's blast capped the scoring in the eighth.


Young left on a stretcher after misplaying Betancourt's fly ball in the fifth. Young caught his right foot in the base of the wall and put no weight on the leg as he was helped onto a stretcher. The Twins said Young sprained his right ankle, the latest injury in a season full of them for Minnesota.


The Twins learned Friday that first baseman Justin Morneau would need neck surgery and will miss six weeks. Minnesota has lost a combined 361 games due to injuries of 13 players coming into play Saturday and is mired in fourth place in the AL Central, 11 games under .500.


Notes: Twins DH Jim Thome (left quadriceps) pinch hit in the sixth and struck out after coming off the DL earlier in the day. ... The Twins held a short team meeting before the game after reliever Jose Mijares blamed catcher Joe Mauer for his pitch selection to Fielder the night before. Fielder drove in the go-ahead runs and Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares shouldn't have called out Mauer after the game. ... The Brewers are considering adding LHP Zach Braddock and an additional hitter for their interleague series against the Yankees in New York beginning Tuesday.



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