MILWAUKEE (TSN-WSAU) Yovani Gallardo twirled a complete game five- hitter and chipped in with two hits and two runs scored to lead Milwaukee past Minnesota, 5-0, and complete a series sweep of their interleague rivals at Miller Park.
Gallardo (7-3) retired the first 16 batters he faced before Drew Butera singled into right field to end his bid for perfection. The right-hander tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the Brewers, who have won four in a row to match their longest win streak of the season.
Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each hit home runs for Milwaukee, which improved to 7-5 in interleague action.
Nick Blackburn (6-5) suffered the loss after yielding five runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings, as he failed to get past the fourth inning for the fourth time in his last five turns for the Twins, who have dropped five of their last seven.
The Brewers broke up a scoreless game in the third when Gallardo started the rally with a one-out double and scored when Weeks followed with his two-run homer to left. Corey Hart then walked and scored when Fielder blasted his long ball the other way to left-center field.
Gallardo singled with two outs in the fourth and advanced to second base after Denard Span misplayed the ball in center field. Weeks walked in front of Hart, who singled to right to drive in Gallardo to make it a 5-0 contest and knock Blackburn out of the game.
Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel singled with one out in the seventh before Gallardo struck out Michael Cuddyer and got Delmon Young to ground out to end the threat.
The Twins would get a single in the eighth inning and a one-out double from Morneau in the ninth but could not push a runner past second base the entire game against Gallardo, who put together his third career route-going performance and second complete-game shutout of the season and his career.
The Brewers and Mariners play Friday at Miller Park at 6:35pm.