- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After scoring 14 runs and taking the first two games at Target Field, the last-place Milwaukee Brewers were feeling encouraged.

Mike Pelfrey sent them out of town feeling befuddled once again.

Pelfrey pitched eight strong innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Brewers 2-0. Milwaukee was shut out for the sixth time this season.

“The last two days we played really good and make a lot of runs but today Pelfrey stopped us,” Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez said.

Pelfrey (5-2) has perplexed many teams this season. He worked around eight hits and struck out seven, and Glen Perkins closed for his major league-leading 21st save in as many chances.

Pelfrey’s mix of a split-finger with a mid-90s mph fastball kept Milwaukee guessing.

The Brewers put a runner on first with no more than one out in each of the first five innings. Each time the runner advanced no farther. Milwaukee hit into two of its three double plays during that stretch.

“He didn’t throw a lot of breaking balls for strikes. But that makes it tough because you want to eliminate that pitch, but when you see that coming, you think it’s going to be a strike and, boom, it drops down,” Gomez said.

Mike Fiers (2-6) allowed two runs in 4 1-3 innings and struck out three. He threw 91 pitches on a muggy day, 54 for strikes. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his past six starts.

“Just felt like I had to battle out there, like I had to battle every pitch,” he said.

Jonathan Lucroy had two hits and is batting .435 in his past five games. He was stranded in the eighth when Ryan Braun lined out to leaping third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

“I was happy with our at-bats,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re getting runners on every inning. The last couple innings we hit a couple balls hard that ended innings. You’re going to have days like that.”

READY OR NOT

Taylor Jungmann is scheduled to make his major league debut Tuesday when he starts for Milwaukee in Pittsburgh. Counsell said the right-hander will join the team Monday and be activated before Tuesday’s game.

A first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2011 draft, Jungmann is 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA in 11 games - nine starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“He’s kind of gone on a little bit of a roll in May, the last three or four starts, so we’re going to give him a shot,” Counsell said. “I think he’ll do well.”

BULLY BULLPEN

Neal Cotts replaced Fiers and struck out Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar to leave the bases loaded in the fifth. Michael Blazek left two runners on after replacing Cotts an inning later. The Brewers’ bullpen has allowed just two runs over its last 36 innings.

“They keep doing their job,” Counsell said. “You put them in tough spots . they’re performing and they give you a chance. They gave us a chance and made Pelfrey make pressure pitches, and he made them today.”

Brewers: Milwaukee opens a three-game series Monday night in Pittsburgh. Jimmy Nelson (2-6, 4.41 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers against A.J. Burnett (6-1, 2.20). Nelson has two losses and a no-decision in his last three starts, allowing 12 earned runs in 16 2-3 innings.

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