- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chase Anderson’s early struggles put the Milwaukee Brewers behind, and the rain kept them from having a chance to come back.

Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park homered, and the Minnesota Twins got a season-best 14 hits Monday night in a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee that was shortened to six innings because of rain.

Rain started to fall in the sixth and it began pouring as Brewers reliever Tyler Cravy struck out Oswaldo Arcia to end the inning. Play was stopped and the game was called after a delay of 2 hours, 6 minutes.

“We wanted to play, but they decided in the end that the rain is not going to stop and they didn’t want to send the players out there in this or worse for the rest of the night,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of the umpires’ decision.

Anderson (1-1) gave up five runs, four earned, and 11 hits in five innings for the Brewers, who have lost four of five.

The right-hander hadn’t allowed an earned run in two starts spanning 11 innings after coming over to Milwaukee in an offseason trade. But Sano tied the game 1-all with his first homer leading off the second, a line drive that landed deep in the bullpens in left-center field.

“When I can’t locate my fastball, it’s usually a long night for most starting pitchers,” Anderson said. “That was kind of the case tonight - couldn’t hit my spots.”

Park, the South Korean rookie who hit one of the longest homers in Target Field history on Saturday, led off the fourth with a shot estimated at 402 feet to the opposite field. Park had his first multihit game as Minnesota set a season high for runs.

“I thought the pitch to Sano was over the middle, but the pitch to Park was a decent pitch down and away,” Counsell said. “It was a pretty impressive home run. You know, we did a good job kind of battling back. But you know, they kept kind of adding on.”

Every Minnesota starter had a hit to support Phil Hughes, who earned his first win of the year. Hughes (1-2) allowed three earned runs and six hits with six strikeouts in an abbreviated complete game.

BRAUN KEEPS IT GOING

Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun had two hits and two RBIs for his fourth multihit game of the season and second in the past three games. His single in the first opened the scoring by driving in Scooter Gennett. Braun added an RBI double in the fifth, again driving in Gennett.

TAPE FIXES EVERYTHING

Play was interrupted at the beginning of the fifth inning after a door in the left field wall wouldn’t stay closed. The Twins have a mascot race between innings that begins from a room behind the door. Arcia tried to shut the door, but a grounds crew member had to come out and apply red tape to hold it shut.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (0-3, 10.13 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season after allowing five runs in five innings in his last outing. Opponents are hitting .385 (20 of 52) against him with four home runs.

Twins: Minnesota counters with RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.00), who will also be starting his fourth game of the season. Santana gave up three runs in seven innings but lost at home to the Chicago White Sox last Thursday.


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