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."