Span has RBI single in 15th; Twins beat Brewers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Denard Span had an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Sunday in the longest game played at 2 1/2-year-old Target Field.
Jamey Carroll had four hits for the Twins, who rallied from a three-run deficit. Minnesota's bullpen pitched nine shutout innings. Anthony Swarzak (1-4) worked a perfect 15th for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes.
Trevor Plouffe led off the 15th with a single off Tim Dillard (0-2), and went to second on a single by Brian Dozier, two batters later. Carroll then lined a single to right field. Plouffe ran through a stop sign by third base coach Steve Liddle and was tagged out in a rundown. Dozier advanced to third base during the play.
Left-hander Juan Perez came in to face Span, who hit the third pitch he saw between the first and second basemen for the winning RBI.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised right quadriceps. He's day today.
Corey Hart connected for a three-run homer in the fifth to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead. Rickie Weeks and Nyjer Morgan each had three hits for the Brewers.
Minnesota had the bases loaded against Jose Veras in the 12th, but Ryan Doumit grounded out to end the threat.
Before that inning, the game was interrupted by a 42-minute rain delay. It was the second time significant showers fell during the game, but the first with the possibility of lightning being present.
Both teams had good chances to end it before the delay. The Brewers had Carlos Gomez at second with one out in the ninth, but Aramis Ramirez and Hart flew out to right field.
Minnesota got Ryan Doumit to third base with two outs in the 11th, but Span grounded out and the tarps were unrolled.
Down 4-1 in the seventh, and with the first wave of rain having stopped, Minnesota got RBI singles from Carroll, Ben Revere and Mauer to tie the game against Zack Greinke.
In eight innings, Greinke allowed 12 hits and four runs, striking out six - including Josh Willingham four times. Greinke allowed more than one earned run for just the second time in eight starts.
With a light rain falling in the fifth, Hart hit a full-count pitch from Nick Blackburn into the right field to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.
Blackburn, who has not pitched more than six innings in any of his 10 starts this season, flirted with danger in every inning, but the Brewers failed to get a key hit until Hart's homer.
Milwaukee left six runners on base in the first four innings against Blackburn, who allowed nine hits in six innings.
An RBI single by Ramirez gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first. Milwaukee had an excellent chance to extend that lead in the second when Weeks tripled with one out. But he was thrown out trying to score on a grounder to third.
The Brewers had two on with one out in the third, but a diving stop by Justin Morneau led to a double play.
NOTES: Twins closer Matt Capps missed the game as a precautionary measure with right shoulder soreness. Manger Ron Gardenhire hopes Capps will be ready when the Twins play at Pittsburgh Tuesday. The Twins are off Monday. ... Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13) is scheduled to start for Minnesota against the Pirates Kevin Correia (2-6, 4.43) ... Milwaukee returns home to face Toronto Monday. The Brewers are scheduled to send Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.06) to the mound against Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.87). ... Span doubled in the fifth to end an 0-for 14 stretch. ... Minnesota RF Revere made a stumbling catch at the warning track to rob Norichika Aoki of an extra-base hit starting off the 11th, his third outstanding catch of the game.
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