Times are tough for the Milwaukee Brewers .
It's unclear if slugger Ryan Braun will be in the lineup Tuesday night, and the Brewers will be using a pitcher who failed to win a game in Japan last season in a home matchup with the Minnesota Twins .
Milwaukee (19-30) has lost 19 of 24 after falling 6-3 on Monday. Braun was held out of the lineup with a nagging right thumb injury, although he lined out as a pinch-hitter to end the game.
The former NL MVP also says he has been bothered by a stiff neck, but the thumb injury is affecting his ability to hold the bat.
"It's not getting any better at all, so it's just at the point where I need to take the time to get it close to being healthy so I can contribute and do the things I'm used to doing," he told the Brewers' official website.
Roenicke will give Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.46 ERA) his first start of 2013. Figaro was a starter the last two seasons for Orix in Japan, going 0-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 11 outings last season for the last-place Buffaloes.
Figaro last started in the majors in 2010 with Detroit, and owns an 8.31 ERA in four career big-league starts. The right-hander has never faced any of the current hitters on the Twins.
"He's extended enough, and he's got his pitch count up there," Roenicke said. "He's a strong guy."
Making matters worse for the Brewers is their major league-worst 4-17 record against left-handed starters as they get ready to face Scott Diamond (3-4, 4.96), who won his lone start against them last May 18 when he allowed three runs over 5 1-3 innings in an 11-3 road victory.
Diamond is also 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four road starts compared to 0-4 with an 8.27 mark in four at home. He's 0-2 with an 8.62 ERA in his last three outings overall after yielding three runs over 5 2-3 innings as he failed to receive a decision in Thursday's 7-6 defeat at Detroit.
Minnesota (20-28) is wrapping up a nine-game trip, winning two of three following a 10-game slide.
Joe Mauer scored three runs Monday, homering in the seventh inning on a long fly to left field that was initially ruled a double before umpires went to video replay.
"I'm just glad they went and reviewed it and got it right," Mauer said. "Nobody wants a homer taken away from them like that."
Former Twins outfielder Carlos Gomez homered twice for the second time in three games. Gomez is hitting .432 in 12 meetings with Minnesota since being traded to Milwaukee before the 2010 season for J.J. Hardy.
The Twins aren't surprised by what they are seeing from Gomez.
"He's got all the tools," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twns' official website. "It's just a matter of harnessing it all and putting it to work in the right way."
|May 26, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||7-Day DL||Head injury|
|May 23, 2013||Pedro Florimon||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right index finger|
|May 22, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
|April 16, 2013||Darin Mastroianni||60-Day DL||Stress reaction in left ankle|
|March 30, 2013||Cole De Vries||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|May 25, 2013||Jim Henderson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 22, 2013||Hiram Burgos||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|April 28, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right index finger|
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aaron Hicks homered, doubled and scored the winning run in the 14th inning. It was a defensive play in the second that he was happiest about.
Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning to score Hicks on Tuesday night, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers , who got six hits from Jean Segura .
Hicks made a leaping grab at the center field wall to rob Carlos Gomez of a home run in the second. Gomez watched in disbelief and then tipped his cap to Hicks.
"I really like that catch," Hicks said. "I was kind of in the corner. It definitely was a tough catch. I didn't even know where I was. It was kind of one of those catches where you have to focus on the ball the whole time you are running. You have to go hard all the way."
Segura went 6 for 7 - all singles - to raise his batting average to an NL-leading .365 but Milwaukee lost for the fourth straight time and 20th in 25 games.
"Oh my, goodness gracious, he hits about everything you throw up there," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The guy's got one of the shortest, compact swings you've ever seen in your life and he seems to be on everything."
It was only the third time a Brewers player had six hits in a game, tying the team record set by Johnny Briggs in 1973 and Kevin Reimer in 1993.
Ryan Doumit , Josh Willingham and Hicks homered for the Twins, which have won three of four after dropping 10 straight.
Hicks hit the first pitch from reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) for a ground-rule double to lead off the 14th. Pedro Florimon , who made a baserunning blunder to get thrown out at third in the 12th, executed a sacrifice bunt to move Hicks to third.
Escobar then hit a 1-0 pitch to deep left, and Hicks scored with a slide that was a couple seconds ahead of the throw from Ryan Braun to give the Twins the lead.
Despite sitting for nearly 4 1/2 hours, Escobar said he stayed ready by hitting in a batting cage near the dugout.
"It's my opportunity right there," Escobar said. "It's my chance. I got a good swing."
The loss was another in a series of deflating games for Milwaukee.
"It's a tough loss," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Any time you go that many innings and lose it's tough. We played well, came back to tie it in the ninth but couldn't put together any offense after that."
Ryan Pressly (2-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the victory.
Brian Duensing worked the bottom of the 14th for his first save in two chances.
After Minnesota blew a 4-0 lead, Justin Morneau had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Twins a 5-4 lead.
Milwaukee tied it at 5 in the bottom of the ninth on Segura's fifth single of the game, scoring Jeff Bianchi from second as Twins closer Glen Perkins blew his second save.
All three Twins homers were off Milwaukee starter Alfredo Figaro and the Twins opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Milwaukee scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth off Minnesota starter Scott Diamond to tie the score 4-all.
Figaro allowed four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings.
Doumit hit a two-run homer in the second, and Willingham hit a solo shot in the fourth. Three batters later, Hicks hit his fourth homer to make it 4-0.
Diamond gave up four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over 4 2-3 innings.
The Brewers cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Ramirez and a double by Jonathan Lucroy . Milwaukee tied it in the fifth on a two-out single by Segura and a triple off the right field wall by Braun.
Braun went 2 for 5 after missing Monday's game to rest a sore thumb.
NOTES: RHP Kyle Lohse was announced as the starter for the Brewers game Thursday at Minnesota. He missed his last start due to right elbow tenderness. ... Twins INF Trevor Plouffe (concussion) is scheduled to come off the DL on Wednesday. ... Brewers LHP Chris Narveson (left middle finger) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start on Thursday. He is expected to join the Brewers rotation after making four rehab starts.