Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
Game 3: Sunday, June 27

Brewers 3

(36-34, 15-17 away)

Twins 6

(41-31, 22-14 home)

    8:10 PM ET, June 25, 2004

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: J. Santana (6-4)

    L: W. Obermueller (3-3)

    S: J. Nathan (22)

    Guzman homers, scores four runs

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Johan Santana baffled the Milwaukee Brewers for the second time in a week.

    Santana won his fourth straight start and Cristian Guzman homered and scored four runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to their third consecutive victory, 6-3 over the Brewers on Friday night.

    Santana (6-4) picked up right where he left off after striking out 12 Brewers on Sunday. He struck out the first four batters he faced Friday and finished with 10 overall. The left-hander now leads the American League with 100 strikeouts.

    Santana gave up four hits and one run in seven innings. In his past four starts, he has a 1.80 ERA, allowing only six runs in 30 innings with 39 strikeouts and only two walks.

    "He's that good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I don't think you can blame the offense when you're facing a guy like that."

    Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 opportunities.

    Santana, who won eight in a row during one stretch last year, has rediscovered his 2003 form after offseason elbow surgery. He lost four starts in row prior to his current four-game winning streak, during which he's regained command of his changeup and his fastball.

    "I feel much better than I did at the beginning of the season," Santana said. "I'm able to throw my fastball in and out for strikes, so I'm able to throw more changeups."

    Lew Ford drove in Guzman for the Twins' first two runs, with RBI singles in the first and third innings.

    Guzman led off the fifth with a single and eventually scored, then started the seventh with a homer off reliever Dave Burba to put the Twins up 6-1.

    Ford had three hits for Minnesota.

    "Guzy did a great job getting on base and getting into scoring position for me," Ford said. "He really sparked the offense tonight."

    The Twins broke the game open and chased Wes Obermueller in the fifth when Guzman and Doug Mientkiewicz led off with singles, then Hall threw away Ford's bunt for an error allowing Guzman to score and Mientkiewicz to advance to third. Corey Koskie's sacrifice fly brought home Mientkiewicz.

    Obermueller (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs, four of them earned, in 4 1-3 innings for Milwaukee.

    "I didn't have a put-away pitch tonight," he said.

    Junior Spivey's solo homer in the sixth inning was the only run off Santana.

    Milwaukee scored two runs in the eighth off reliever Juan Rincon, on Spivey's single and Luis Rivas' throwing error.

    Both benches and bullpens emptied in that inning after Gary Bennett's hard takeout slide of Guzman on a force play. Mientkiewicz yelled at Bennett as he was returning to the dugout, bringing players from both teams onto the field. But no punches were thrown.

    Mientkiewicz said after the game that he took exception to Bennett throwing his arms up near the end of the slide, hitting Guzman in the ribs.

    "I was just sticking up for my shortstop," Mientkiewicz said. "I think we all know how important he is. I don't have a problem with playing hard. (Bennett) played the game right until he threw his arms up."

    Game notes

    The Twins recalled lefty reliever J.C. Romero from Triple-A Rochester before the game and optioned infielder Alex Prieto to Rochester. ... Nathan picked up his third save in three games and has allowed a run in just one of his last 30 appearances. ... Santana has struck out the side four times against the Brewers in his past two starts. He did it in the first and fourth Friday. ... Santana has given up 16 homers, most on the Twins.

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