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Twins Vs. Brewers: Ninth Inning Collapse Sinks Twins, 5-3

Matt Capps was having a fine June. In six appearances, prior to Friday's game, Capps had yet to allow a run, and surrendered only four hits. He hit a speed bump in the Twins' opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up a two-run homer to Martin Maldonado for a 5-3 loss.

Francisco Liriano gave up three earned runs in six innings, the same as his counterpart on the bump for the Brewers, Yovani Gallardo. It was a slightly better outing than his last one, a four-run loss to the Cubs.

Trevor Plouffe went deep twice for the Twins, once in the fifth and again in the very next inning. That gives him 14 for the season, the team lead for the Twins in round trippers.

It was the third loss in a row for the Twins, who dropped two of three in their previous series with the Phillies. Prior this stretch, the Twins won their previous four series. They get another chance against the Brewers on Saturday.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.