Morrison’s two-run single sends Twins past Brewers 3-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Morrison came through with a big hit for the injury-decimated Minnesota Twins lineup.
Morrison hit a two-run single to give Minnesota’s offense a much-needed lift, and four relievers worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Morrison’s liner hit high off the right-field wall with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth against reliever Boone Logan. The Twins were 3 for 18 with runners in scoring position in the series before Morrison’s single.
“We’ve been close the last two games, just hadn’t come through,” Morrison said. “It was good to come through there and get us the ‘W.’ I think yesterday we were a hit away. Got guys on, just couldn’t come through. Same thing for most of the game today. Keep getting them on, we’ll get them in.”
Addison Reed (1-3) struck out one batter in one hitless inning. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to secure his ninth save in 12 chances.
Minnesota salvaged the final game of the series, snapping a three-game skid with a roster missing four of its expected starters when spring training began.
Joe Mauer was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. Miguel Sano and Jason Castro also are on the DL, and shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended during spring training.
“These guys understand it’s been a grind,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Taylor Williams (0-2) walked Brian Dozier to lead off the eighth. Logan entered and walked Max Kepler. Eddie Rosario was out on a swinging bunt that moved the runners to second and third, and Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked in front of Morrison.
“The walk hurts in that situation,” Williams said. “That kind of stuff can’t happen. It’s got to stop.”
Morrison, in his first year with Minnesota after signing a one-year contract after spring training had begun, was hitting .113 through April 26. The veteran slugger had two hits and a homer the next day and has hit .296 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 21 games.
“It’s definitely just being able to stay behind the ball more, not getting out there so much,” Morrison said. “Again, it’s still happening sometimes. … It’s always a work in progress, but more often than not it’s getting a little more consistent.”
Jesus Aguilar homered in the sixth off Jake Odorizzi, who allowed one run five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Taylor Rogers came on with runners at first and third and got out of the jam by striking out pinch-hitter Domingo Santana. Rogers got the first out in the seventh and Ryan Pressly finished the inning.
Aguilar, who is the Brewers’ regular first baseman with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun on the disabled list, homered for the third straight game. He had four home runs in the series and now has seven this season in 102 at-bats.
“He was brilliant this weekend,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Four homers, three straight days of it. He’s swinging a real nice bat, and he’s pretty locked in.”