Arcia's blast in 8th completes Crew's comeback

May 27th, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have been the talk of baseball, with an offense on a record-setting home run pace.

The Brewers have a bit of power themselves and used it to post a comeback victory Monday night against the team with the best record in the Majors.

’s two-run homer in the eighth inning pushed the Brewers past the Twins, 5-4, at Target Field, giving Milwaukee a come-from-behind win in a matchup each league’s top home run team.

“We don’t really care who we play,” Arcia said through an interpreter. “We come out here. We try to be aggressive, try to play hard and win games. That’s what we care about. It always feels good to get a win.”

Arcia’s sixth homer of the season, off reliever Taylor Rogers (1-1), followed ’s double. It was just the second home run of the season allowed by Rogers. The Brewers were previously 1-21 when trailing after seven innings.

“It’s good to get one of them here,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the late comeback win. “Their bullpen’s been pitching really well. Rogers has been really, really solid for them. You feel like you steal one when you take one off a bullpen that’s been really good.”

(1-3) struck out two in a scoreless inning in relief. pitched two scoreless innings for his 13th save, striking out Miguel Sano with runners on first and second to end the game.

Byron Buxton supplied a three-run homer for Minnesota in the second inning off Brewers starter as the Twins jumped ahead, 4-0. That was the Twins’ 105th homer, tops in the Majors. Arcia’s homer was the Brewers’ 90th of the season, most in the National League.

Arcia not only finished the Brewers’ comeback, but he also started it. He doubled in a run in the third inning as the Brewers answered Buxton’s homer with three runs, the last two coming on sacrifice flies by and .

“You go down four, that’s a hole,” Counsell said. “Just runs that inning is important, for sure. But when you score three, you feel like, with that long to go in the game, you’re essentially tied. You feel like you’re right back in the game and anything can happen. It changes your pitching and things like that. It was a big inning. It was an important inning.”

Arcia is hitting .323 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his past 19 games.

In the eighth, Perez pinch-hit for against the left-handed Rogers, who entered the game with a 1.31 ERA. Arcia connected on a 1-0 pitch and sent it an estimated 378 feet into the stands in left field.

“I was just trying to find a way to get the runner over,” Arcia said, “and, thankfully, I was able to get my hands through and get good contact on the ball, and it went out.”