Brewers complete sweep of Twins with 5-0 victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Yovani Gallardo did not allow a baserunner until Drew Butera singled with one out in the sixth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to complete a sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 5-0 victory Thursday.
Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks homered as the suddenly resurgent Brewers chased struggling Twins starter Nick Blackburn from the game in the fourth inning. Gallardo (7-3) tied a career high with 12 strikeouts and gave up only five hits as he recorded his second career shutout.
Gallardo even helped himself at the plate with a double, single and two runs scored.
It was the Brewers'fourth straight win, and only the second time this season the Twins have been swept.
Gallardo, trying to become the third pitcher to throw a perfect game this season, retired the first 16 batters he faced before Butera's one-out single broke up the bid. Gallardo's effort was recognized with a warm standing ovation from the crowd, announced at 35,898.
Traditionally one of the best defensive teams in baseball, the Twins were charged with another error Thursday when Denard Span allowed a single by Gallardo to slip between his legs. Minnesota made four errors in the three-game series.
And it was yet another miserable June outing for Blackburn (6-5), who gave up five runs in only 3 2-3 innings.
Blackburn won all five of his starts in May but fell to 0-4 with a no-decision in five starts this month. Blackburn has lasted fewer than four innings in four of his five starts this month.
Gallardo - who has decent power at the plate for a pitcher - was the catalyst for Milwaukee's four-run third inning, smacking a one-out double for the Brewers'first hit of the game.
Weeks followed with a two-run homer to left, his 12th of the season off a 2-2 pitch from Blackburn.
After a walk to Corey Hart, Fielder homered just over the left field fence and into the bullpen for his 14th homer of the season.
Blackburn has given up five homers in his past three starts.
In the fourth Gallardo singled and gained second on Span's error. Weeks walked, and Hart singled to score Gallardo and give Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.