Segura's half-dozen hits can't deliver a Brewer win
MILWAUKEE Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Jean Segura went 6 for 7 — all singles — to raise his batting average to an NL-leading .366 but Milwaukee lost for the fourth straight time and 20th in 25 games.
It was only the third time a Brewers player had six hits in a game, tying the team record set by Johnny Briggs in 1973 and Kevin Reimer in 1993.
Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and Aaron Hicks homered for the Twins, which have won three of four after dropping 10 straight.
Hicks hit the first pitch from reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) for a ground-rule double to lead off the 14th. Pedro Florimon, who made a baserunning blunder to get thrown out at third in the 12th, executed a sacrifice bunt to move Hicks to third.
Escobar then hit a 1-0 pitch to deep left, and Hicks scored with a slide that was a couple seconds ahead of the throw from Ryan Braun to give the Twins the lead.
Ryan Pressly (2-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the victory.
Brian Duensing pitched the bottom of the 14th for his first save in two chances.
After Minnesota blew a 4-0 lead, Justin Morneau had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Twins a 5-4 lead.
Milwaukee tied it at 5 in the bottom of the ninth on Segura’s fifth single of the game, scoring Jeff Bianchi from second as Twins closer Glen Perkins blew his second save.
All three Twins homers were off Milwaukee starter Alfredo Figaro and the Twins opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Milwaukee scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth off Minnesota starter Scott Diamond to tie the score 4-all.
Figaro allowed four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings.
Doumit hit a two-run homer in the second, and Willingham hit a solo shot in the fourth. Three batters later, Hicks hit his fourth homer to make it 4-0.
Diamond gave up four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over 4 2-3 innings.
Hicks robbed Carlos Gomez of a solo home run in the second with a leaping catch at the wall in center field. Gomez rounded first and tipped his cap at Hicks before returning to the dugout.
The Brewers cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Ramirez and a double by Jonathan Lucroy. Milwaukee tied it in the fifth on a two-out single by Segura and a triple off the right field wall by Braun.
Braun went 2 for 5 after missing Monday’s game to rest a sore thumb.
NOTES: RHP Kyle Lohse was announced as the starter for the Brewers game Thursday at Minnesota. He missed his last start due to right elbow tenderness. ... Twins INF Trevor Plouffe (concussion) is scheduled to come off the DL on Wednesday. ... Brewers LHP Chris Narveson (left middle finger) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start on Thursday. He is expected to join the Brewers rotation after making four rehab starts.
Last updated: 10:31 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013