Mauer, Twins top Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joe Mauer is giving the umpires a good look at his home runs lately.
Mauer wound up with a home run instead of a double after the umpiring crew went to video replay, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Monday.
On Saturday, the umps reviewed a drive by Mauer in a 3-2 win over Detroit and upheld their call that it was a homer.
“It’s funny, that’s my second review in three days,” Mauer said. “The first time they ruled it a home run originally and the outfielder came in and tried to plead his case that it wasn’t. They went back and reviewed it and it was.”
“I’m two for two, which is good. But, it’s kind of weird to have two home run reviews in three days,” he said.
The ball hit the padding atop the fence and then appeared to strike a back wall, making it a home run. The second base umpire was Angel Hernandez — he was the chief in Cleveland earlier this month when Hernandez and his crew mistakenly failed to reverse a call on the field and rule a home run.
The Twins won for only the second time in 13 games. Carlos Gomez homered twice for the Brewers.
Minnesota led 4-3 when Mauer led off the seventh inning against Tom Gorzelanny with a long fly to left field. Mauer stopped at second base.
“They obviously signaled a double out there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I was honestly sitting right here (in the clubhouse) talking with my starting pitcher. I looked at the monitor and I just took off running out and said that’s a home run. They said, ‘We’ll talk and we’ll go get it right.’ Easy enough.”
Moments later, Mauer had his fourth home run of the season.
“I thought it was a homer,” Mauer said. “Nobody had made a call yet, so I just stayed on the base. I’m just glad they went and reviewed it and got it right. Nobody wants a homer taken away from them like that. Hats off to them for going in there and getting it right.”
Kevin Correia (5-4) pitched six innings and gave up three solo homers. Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save.
Wily Peralta (3-6) allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in five innings. He lost his fourth consecutive start.
The Twins took advantage of Peralta’s wildness in the fifth. Brian Dozier reached on an infield single with one out, Mauer and Justin Morneau walked and Ryan Doumit lined a two-out, two-run single to make it 4-1.
“Two outs with runners on first and second, he walked Morneau on some pitches that weren’t that close,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “At the time, that was a big at-bat. Doumit gets a hit and they get two runs.”
Jean Segura and Gomez hit back-to-back homers to open the sixth.
Chris Parmelee’s solo homer in the eighth put the Twins up 6-3.
Gomez hit his ninth homer leading off the fourth.
The Brewers loaded the bases with none out in the first but didn’t score. Yuniesky Betancourt lined into a double play and Jeff Bianchi struck out.
“I was kind of off in the first,” Correia said. “To get out of that with no runs was huge. You feel so much better about going back out there in the second inning. It changes your mindset. I felt great the rest of the game.”
Notes: Alfredo Figaro will start Tuesday against the Twins. He is 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 appearances, all in relief. Figaro was a starter the last two seasons for Orix in Japan. ... Bianchi bunted for a single, giving the Brewers 64 infield hits, tops in the major leagues. ... Josh Roenicke, nephew of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, relieved to start the seventh inning for the Twins. Josh Roenicke is the son of former major league outfielder Gary Roenicke. ... Brewers star Ryan Braun, held out of the starting lineup with a sore thumb, pinch-hit in the ninth and lined out to end the game.