"That's pretty good. I didn't know that," Hunter said afterward. "To pass Gary Gaetti, The Rat, I watched him when I was younger. I'm honored to pass him. You got to play and stay healthy to do that stuff."
Before Hunter's homers, though, it was his veteran seasoning -- the experience that comes along with playing 19 years in the big leagues -- that might've helped the Twins take a lead they would never relinquish.
Hunter led off the fifth inning with a double down the left-field line off Brewers starter Matt Garza. After a walk to catcher Chris Herrmann, Hunter was able to time Garza's sequence to the plate and attempted to steal third base. A foul ball forced him back to second, but the damage was possibly done. Twins left fielder Eduardo Escobar then hit a towering homer into the right-center-field bullpen on the next pitch.
"I think Torii distracted [Garza] a bit when he tried to steal, and he started to change his rhythm a little bit," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "That's why Escobar got a good pitch to hit. That was a huge hit."
"I went with my gut, went with my instincts," Hunter said. "[Garza] had a little rhythm of looking at me then looking at the plate, and then would go home. I just timed it."
Hunter's first homer came the very next inning, a blast into the left-center-field bleachers. He added an insurance run with a solo shot to center field in the ninth.
Although Hunter's power numbers had been down recently, the 39-year-old knew a performance like Saturday's was possible.
"The last couple of weeks, I've been hitting the ball well," Hunter said. "The numbers don't show it, but it's beyond the numbers. I just have to keep that same feeling. When you have days like today, you just have to enjoy it."