An on-point Matt Garza is definitely a good thing for the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander delivered his best start since his first of the season Monday night, limiting the Minnesota Twins to six hits and two walks over 61/3 shutout innings in an eventual 6-2 victory at Miller Park. "Baby steps," said Garza, who improved to 3-4 after a 111-pitch outing. "I've felt great. My mechanics are where I want them to be, and I'm getting back to where I've been." Jonathan Lucroy collected three hits, including an eighth-inning home run for some insurance, and Mark Reynolds chipped in with his team-leading 13th homer as the Brewers snapped a five-game interleague losing streak to the Twins. But the big story was Garza, who didn't allow a run for the first time in 12 starts as he gamely followed up Kyle Lohse's three-hit shutout of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. "This was a really nice ball game," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "He came out with a great fastball, he located it well, it had life on it. His sliders were outstanding. He threw good curveballs. I thought this was a really good game for him." It took the Brewers a bit of time — three full innings, in fact — to get to Twins starter Kyle Gibson, who had managed to prevent any solid contact until the fourth. Jean Segura led that frame off with Milwaukee's first hit, a perfectly placed bunt single. He moved up to second on a swinging bunt by Ryan Braun and scored on a single to center by Lucroy. Minnesota centerfielder Danny Santana made a costly mistake in the process, missing the cutoff on a poor throw home that allowed Lucroy to go to second. Carlos Gomez cashed in that miscue for another run when he singled to center to make it 2-0. "He had a good sinker," Lucroy said of Gibson, who entered with a 1-3 record and 7.77 ERA in five road starts compared to a 3-1 mark and 1.85 ERA at home. "We talked about it in the dugout. We have to try and get this guy up in the zone because he's tough when he's down in the zone — it was the first time any of us had seen him. First time through the lineup we didn't really know what to look. "Second time through I think we were trying to see him up in the zone and get some good pitches to hit." Garza ran into his first serious trouble in the top of the fifth, when with two outs Gibson singled to right — his first major-league hit — and Brian Dozier doubled to center to put runners in scoring position for Joe Mauer, who had doubled in each of his previous at-bats. Garza needed only three pitches to put away Mauer, however. "It was more about keeping the runs off the board," said Garza. "We had some momentum, and the last thing I wanted to do was go out there and break it. Mauer is a great hitter. He already hit two doubles and I just basically said 'If you're not going to hit this, no one is.'
Matt Garza sharp; Jonathan Lucroy leads Brewers attack
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jun 3