MILWAUKEE (AP) — A defensive lapse on a leadoff bunt. That's what aggravated Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire the most Monday night.
Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh inning and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over Kyle Gibson and the Twins.
The play that really bothered Gardenhire led to Milwaukee's first two runs. After three perfect innings by Gibson, Jean Segura opened the Brewers fourth by dropping his sixth bunt hit of the season in front of third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who was playing deep.
Segura advanced to second on Ryan Braun's groundout and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's single up the middle, with Lucroy going to second on the throw. Carlos Gomez followed with another RBI single back through the box.
"That's not supposed to happen. We just went over it. You can't back up there. You can't lead off an inning and drop the bunt down," Gardenhire said. "We backed up on him, but we know he bunts. It's all over and we talked about it. You get two strikes, back up, but until that point you have to stay in there. Trev backed up and he dropped a bunt down. That's kind of a cardinal sin. You can't let that guy lead off with a bunt there. That's the top of their order. He's got to hit it by you."
Gibson (4-5) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. He was more upset about Reynolds' team-leading 13th homer, an opposite-field shot to right that put the Brewers up 4-0, than the earlier runs.
"I just made the wrong pitch," said Gibson, who has won just one of his last eight starts after winning his first three. "I had a guy on second with less than two outs and I had gotten Reynolds away his first at-bat. And any good hitter right there is trying to move the runner over to third. And I got beat on not my best pitch. I threw him a four-seamer away and the sinker's obviously my best pitch. A sinker there, I'd probably feel a whole lot better about it. Should have gone in. He was trying to hit a ball the other way and I gave him the pitch he needed to do it."
Garza (3-4) scattered six hits over 6 1-3 scoreless innings against the team that brought him to the big leagues in 2006. The right-hander, signed to a $50 million, four-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, struck out eight and walked two for his first win since May 5.