For much of the game, it seemed like the Twins were in control and would coast to an easy victory. However, the Brewers tied the score thanks to a 3-run homer, but the Twins immediately took the lead back and beat the Brewers 6-4.
Though the Brewers took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Mark Reynolds, the Twins took the lead in the 4th thanks to Oswaldo Arcia. Following a Brian Dozier leadoff walk and a one out single by Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia drove a Marco Estrada fastball just fair down the right field line for a 3-run homer and a 3-1 Twins lead. They would then add another run in the 5th on a bases loaded walk by Willingham, though admittedly I was sure the full count pitch was a 3rd strike at the knees.
Ricky Nolasco was pitching well until the 7th, when he gave up leadoff singles to Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez. With nobody out, Aramis Ramirez lifted a deep fly ball to center field and Danny Santana simply ran out of room, and Ramirez's home run tied the score at 4.
However, the Twins took the lead back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs against reliever Rob Wooten, Willingham doubled off the right-center field fence, and then was chased home on an RBI single by Arcia off Will Smith, with Willingham colliding with Smith as he ran home. Trevor Plouffe then singled to right as well, bringing home Arcia and giving the Twins a 2 run lead. This would hold up as Casey Fien and Glen Perkins shut the door against the Brewers, giving the Twins a 2-1 advantage in the series.
WP: Ricky Nolasco (4-5)
LP: Rob Wooten (1-3)
S: Glen Perkins (16)
Brian Dozier (2 for 3, BB, HBP, 2B, SB), Josh Willingham (2 for 3, BB, 2B, RBI), Oswaldo Arcia (2 for 4, HR, 4 RBI)
Josmil Pinto (0 for 4, 3 K)
Gratuitous Awful Oswaldo Arcia "Swing" (click for GIF)