Gyorko’s blast helps Brewers rally to beat Twins 6-4; Pina’s first career 2HR game
MILWAUKEE — Jedd Gyorko blasted a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers came from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Tuesday.
The Brewers started their winning rally when Christian Yelich beat the Twins’ shift with a one-out double. With the Twins moving their infield to the right against the left-handed hitter, Yelich responded by hitting a grounder up the third-base line and into left field.
Gyorko followed with a shot to center off Taylor Rogers (1-2). Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made a leaping attempt at a circus catch, but Gyorko’s drive sailed over him.
“It felt good off the bat,” Gyorko said. “I know that guy out there in center field for them pretty much catches everything. So, you’ve got to hit it about 10 feet past the fence or he’s going to catch it. But off the bat, I thought it had a good chance and fortunately it went out.”
Eddie Rosario of the Twins and Manny Pina of the Brewers each hit two home runs. Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco and Milwaukee’s Avisail Garcia also homered.
Rosario, whose grand slam accounted for the Twins’ only runs in their 4-2 victory at Milwaukee on Monday, helped give Minnesota a 4-1 lead by homering on his first two plate appearances. The Brewers rallied to tie the game because of Manny Pina’s solo shot in the fifth and two-run blast in the sixth.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jorge Polanco and Rosario hit solo shots off Josh Lindblom that landed in a nearly identical spot just inside the right-field foul pole.
Milwaukee cut the deficit in half when Garcia led off the bottom of the first by homering to left off Tyler Clippard, who worked just one inning as the opener in a bullpen game for the Twins.
Garcia improved to 3 of 6 with three homers in his career against Clippard.
The Twins stretched out their lead in the third when Rosario homered to right after Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk.
Lindblom recorded a career-high eight strikeouts — he had struck out seven in his last start — but gave up those three homers in his four-inning stint. Alex Claudio, Eric Yardley, David Phelps, Devin Williams (1-1) and Josh Hader combined for five innings of shutout relief.
Hader walked one and struck out three in the ninth for his third save.
Pina sparked the Brewers’ comeback. He led off the sixth by homering to left off Matt Wisler.
On Pina’s next trip to the plate, he blasted a 3-0 pitch from May over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot that tied the game at 4-all.
“I don’t like swinging 3-0 because sometimes we try to swing too hard or something like that,” Pina said. “Most of the time when I do it, it’s a pop-out or ground ball. Then I see (third-base coach) Eddie (Sedar) and Eddie gives me the green light, ‘Swing the bat,’ so I say OK, I’m going to swing, but the pitch has to be middle-middle. That’s what I was looking for.”