MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Doug Davis was amazed to find out that he was
the first Milwaukee left-hander ever to win five games in June.
"You just brought that to my attention. That's great!" said
Davis, who jokingly patted himself on the back when informed of his
Davis won his fourth straight start and Lyle Overbay homered to
lead the Brewers over Minnesota 7-3 for their second straight
victory over the Twins.
The Brewers' team ERA dropped to a season-low 3.75 -- the lowest
their ERA has been since the end of the 1992 season, when they led
the American League with a 3.43 mark.
"Everybody's just feeding off each other," Davis said.
"Our pitching's been outstanding for a long time now," manager
Ned Yost said.
Davis (8-5) became the fifth Milwaukee pitcher overall to post
five wins in June. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3
innings, while striking out six and walking three.
Cristian Guzman tied a career high by going 4-for-5, and Matthew
LeCroy had two RBI for Minnesota.
Kyle Lohse (2-6) allowed eight hits and six runs -- two earned --
in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four. Lohse fell
to 0-2 with a 3.69 ERA in five June starts, while Minnesota has
scored a total of six runs with Lohse in the game.
"We try to get out there and score everyday," Lew Ford said
when asked about Lohse's lack of run support. "We just weren't
able to do the job today."
Overbay hit his ninth homer with one out in the fourth to give
Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Overbay hit Lohse's 1-1 pitch to center field
and Torii Hunter appeared poised to make one of his spectacular
leaping catches, but the ball skipped off his outstretched glove
and over the fence.
"It was nice it went my way instead of his way, one time,"
"It hits your glove, you got to catch hit -- no excuse," Hunter
said. "Just tell Overbay to send me a Christmas card."
The Brewers added a run in the fifth on Scott Podsednik's RBI
double to make it 2-0.
The Twins loaded the bases against Davis with no outs in the
bottom half, but managed just one run on LeCroy's sacrifice fly to
make it 2-1.
Milwaukee batted around in the seventh, and three Minnesota
pitchers issued bases-loaded walks as the Brewers scored four
unearned runs on two hits to break the game open.
Aaron Fultz relieved Lohse and gave up an RBI single to
pinch-hitter Brady Clark before walking pinch-hitter Keith Ginter
with the bases still loaded to make it 5-1. Joe Roa relieved and
walked Bill Hall.
"It was a good game until we got into the bullpen," manager
Ron Gardenhire said. "I'm disappointed.
"You need to make them swing the bat," he added.
LeCroy hit an RBI groundout and Hunter hit a run-scoring single
in the seventh to make it 6-3.
Podsednik, who went 3-for-4, doubled off Roa in the eighth and
scored on Junior Spivey's RBI groundout to make it 7-3.
With 38 victories in 72 games, Milwaukee is 22 games ahead of
last year's pace. In 2003, the Brewers didn't get their 38th win
until after the All-Star break.
Guzman has led off three straight games with a double. He's
hitting 8-for-13 (.615) on the current homestand. ... The Twins
were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 3-for-17 in the
two losses to Milwaukee. ... Davis was 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA in June.
Ben Sheets (5-0, 2001), Steve Woodard (5-0, 1999), Cal Eldred (5-1,
1994) and Jim Colburn (5-1, 1973) are the other Brewers to win five
games in June. ... Milwaukee finished at 8-4 in interleague play
this season. ... After going 1-for-25 with runners in scoring
position in their previous series, the Brewers went 8-for-22
against the Twins.