Correia does just enough to spur Twins win at Milwaukee
MAY 27, 2013 6:11p ET
MILWAUKEE -- In the grand scheme of things, Kevin Correia's start was very ordinary. Three runs in six innings is defined as a quality start, but usually isn't described as anything more than average.
But the way the starting rotation has pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Correia's outing Monday in Milwaukee was much needed.
Giving the Twins just their second quality start since May 17, Correia helped the Twins win the first of four straight games against the Brewers, 6-3, at Miller Park.
"A good performance," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They got close to us and we added on a couple of big ones. Nice win for us. Bullpen did a good job."
Early on, it appeared as if Gardenhire was going to have to go to the bullpen early again. After a walk to Brewers leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki and a single by Jean Segura, Correia hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out in the first inning.
The Twins were fortunate in two regards. First, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez - the usual No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in Milwaukee's lineup - were out with injuries.
Instead of Ramirez, Yuniesky Betancourt walked up with the bases juiced and proceeded to hit a line drive right at Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon, who caught the ball and flipped to Brian Dozier for an easy double play.
Correia was able to strike out Brewers second baseman Jeff Bianchi to escape the mess with no damage and a 1-0 lead.
"I was kind of off in the first," Correia said. "To get out of that with no runs was huge. You feel so much better about going back out there in the second inning. It changes your mindset. I felt great the rest of the game."
While the Brewers never mustered much threat of a big inning against Correia, the right-hander was burned by three solo home runs, two by Gomez.
Gomez led off the fourth with a solo home run, while Segura and Gomez went back-to-back to start the sixth inning, cutting Minnesota's lead to 4-3. Betancourt followed with a single, but Correia got Bianchi to ground into a double play to quickly thwart the rally.
"It looked like he was starting getting the ball up and they got a couple of homers," Gardenhire said. "He said he hung a couple of sliders so we were debating whether or not to send him back out for the seventh. He said he felt great but made a couple of bad pitches. Once the inning went longer, we decided for sure we'd go to (reliever Josh) Roenicke."
Correia's ability to get through six gave the Twins the ability to set up their bullpen the way they'd like.
Roenicke - pitching against the team his uncle, Ron Roenicke, manages - got the first two outs of the seventh inning before giving way to lefty Brian Duensing for the final out. Jared Burton worked the eighth, while Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
"That's kind of how you draw it up," Gardnehire said. "Get to the eighth and be able to run [Burton and Perkins] out there, that's a pretty good combo. They do a nice job on lefties and righties. If you can get there, it's a wonderful thing. Roenicke did a nice job today, made some good pitches and Duensing got his guy. It worked out today."
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