After going nearly two months without a victory, Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo will try to secure his second win in as many starts on Tuesday night as the Brewers resume a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins.
After having his start pushed back a few days due to an ankle injury, Gallardo didn't seem impacted in an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. He was charged with three runs on four hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings, picking up his first win since April 6.
The right-hander did allow a pair of homers and has given up six over his last four starts, but still snapped an eight-start winless stretch (0-3) and improved to 3-3 on the year with a 3.56 earned run average.
Gallardo, 28, is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his career versus the Twins, who send Samuel Deduno to the mound for his sixth start of the campaign.
Deduno is coming off a no-decision against Texas on Thursday, yielding four runs on nine hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old righty is 1-3 on the year with a 3.86 ERA in 12 total appearances.
Deduno did record a 4-1 home victory over the Brewers on May 29 of last year, scattering a run over seven innings in his first career meeting with the club.
The hurler will try to draw the Twins even in this series after the Brewers opened things up last night with a 6-2 win. Matt Garza fanned eight over 6 1/3 scoreless innings and both Jonathan Lucroy and Mark Reynolds went deep in the win.
Garza scattered six hits and two walks over his stellar outing to pick up his first win since May 5, snapping a personal four-start winless streak.
"I think (Garza) likes those one-on-one confrontations," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He likes the challenge and you could see that. He would reach back and get a little something extra."
Lucroy finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Brewers, who snapped a five-game slide against the Twins with their fifth win in six games overall.
Following tonight's game, the two clubs will travel to Target Field for two contests to complete the four-game set.
Despite retiring the first nine batters he faced, Kyle Gibson absorbed the loss after giving up four runs on six hits over six innings for the Twins, who have lost eight of their last 11 games overall.
"He was tough," Lucroy said of Gibson. "We had to see him up (in the zone). We got it done."
Joe Mauer registered three hits and scored once, while Josh Willingham went 2- for-2 with an RBI in the setback.