Fri. Final: Twins 11, Brewers 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle and matched his career high with five RBIs as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3 on Friday night, giving them 31 runs in their last two games.
Cuddyer hit a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third and singled in the fourth before completing the cycle by tripling on a broken-bat liner into the left-field corner in the sixth.
He slid into third base safely to become the 10th player in team history to hit for the cycle and needed only four plate appearances to do it. Cuddyer also joins teammate Jason Kubel in hitting for the cycle this season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Minnesota duo is only the second to hit to accomplish it in the last decade.
The last teammates to hit for the cycle in the same season were Vladimir Guerrero and Brad Wilkerson, who did it for the Montreal Expos in 2003. Larry Hisle and Lyman Bostock were the only other Twins teammates to hit for the cycle in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1976.
Kevin Slowey (6-1) allowed only three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Twins. Manny Parra (3-4) had pitched well lately for the Brewers, but lasted just 3 1-3 innings and gave up nine runs on eight hits.
Cuddyer's 4-for-5 performance ensured that the Twins -- who scored in five of the first six innings -- would be able to build on Thursday's 20-run performance in a victory over the Chicago White Sox. It also continued Minnesota's recent domination of the National League.
With the victory over the Brewers, the Twins are 42-13 in interleague play since the beginning of the 2006 season. Entering this weekend 5 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central, the Twins hope interleague play will again propel them toward the top of the division standings.
Along with hitting for the cycle, Cuddyer also homered for third consecutive game for the first time in his career. Cuddyer, who had only three homers and 36 RBIs in an injury-filled 2008, now has seven home runs and 30 RBIs.
Already leading 5-0 after three innings, Minnesota broke the game open for good in the bottom of the fourth. That's when Justin Morneau hit a bases-loaded blast to dead center off Parra. Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron tried to make a play, but the ball bounced off the wall. Morneau ended up with a triple on the play, the Twins led 8-0 and Parra's night was over.
Slowey entered with the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the major leagues, and that didn't change against Milwaukee as he struck out four without a walk.
Notes:@ Right-hander Anthony Swarzak will start for the Twins and make his big league debut for the Twins on Saturday night. Swarzak, who had a 2.25 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Rochester, was called up to replace the injured Glen Perkins. ... Friday was Brewers manager Ken Macha's first appearance at the Metrodome since he led Oakland to a sweep of the Twins in the 2006 ALDS.
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