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Brewers 5, Twins 3: Fiers, late homers earn win

A couple of two-run homers in the eighth inning put the Brewers on top.

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Win: Will Smith (4-0)
Loss: Mike Fiers (2-3)

HR: Braun (15), Lind (11), Hunter (11)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy

Two-run homers were the theme of the day, with the two sides scoring six of their eight combined runs off such plays.

Mike Fiers and Tommy Milone both had spectacular starts. Fiers went seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four batters. Milone pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks while sitting seven hitters down on strikes.

Neither team scored until the seventh inning when they both got one run on the board. Then, in the eighth, the Brewers broke it open as both Ryan Braun and Adam Lind launched two-run home runs for a 5-1 lead. Francisco Rodriguez got into trouble in the ninth, allowing a two-run home run to Torii Hunter, getting two outs, then allowing two singles before striking out Brian Dozier to escape preserving Milwaukee's win.

Over his last 10 starts now, Mike Fiers has allowed more than two runs just twice. The Nationals scored three against him on June 12 and the Royals got six in five innings on the 17th. Over that time, he now has a 3.45 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. However, he's found some control issues of late and has a 4.1 BB/9 in his last six starts. Fiers has managed to keep runs off the board for the most part but he's been toeing a line. Hopefully today is another step in the right direction.

On the offensive end, Ryan Braun drew two walks which, along with his homer, allowed him to reach three times in four appearances. Carlos Gomez and Hector Perez each picked up two hits.

Up next is a real barn burner of a series as Milwaukee heads to Philadelphia for four games against the Phillies. First pitch Monday starts at 6:05 CT.