W: Chris Narveson (6-4)
L: Scott Baker (6-6)
S: John Axford (5)
HR: Casey McGehee (12), Rickie Weeks (11)
MVP: John Axford (+.245)
LVP: Todd Coffey (-.193)
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Hey look, a home win against the Twins!
Chris Narveson gave us his patented performance tonight: He allowed three runs in the first, and just two hits between the second, third, fourth and fifth to save his outing and qualify for the win. He walked two and struck out three in five innings, and also drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the fourth.
From there, Kameron Loe took over. He struck out three while pitching two hitless innings, walking two, and by the time the Brewers needed another pitcher they'd expanded the lead to four on a solo home run from Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun's RBI double.
The Brewers, as it turned out, would need that cushion. Todd Coffey allowed all three batters he faced to reach in the eighth, with two runs coming in to score. John Axford had to come in to bail him out: He got Jim Thome to pop out to short and finished the eighth with a broken bat line drive double play. He followed that up with a scoreless ninth for his fifth save, and the first Brewer save of two innings or more since Todd Coffey pitched the final 2.2 innings against the Mets on April 19, 2009.
Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 and was one of two Brewers to have three hits in the game: Jim Edmonds also went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. It was his first appearance since Wednesday. On the other end of the spectrum, Jonathan Lucroy went 0-for-3 with a walk and was the only Brewer starter without a hit.
Chris Capuano was up and warming when Narveson was in trouble in the first, but was not used and still has not pitched since June 12.