Hocking homered, tripled and scored three runs to help the Twins avoid a three-game sweep with an 8-3 victory over the
Making just his 11th start of the campaign, Hocking matched a season high with three hits. He also collected three hits on May 18 against the
Chicago White Sox
After Hocking walked with one out in the top of the first inning,
launched a 1-0 pitch from Brewers starter
(5-6) over the right field wall to put the Twins ahead for good, 2-0.
had a very good ballgame," Twins manager
said. "He's accustomed to coming in not so often and, when he does, he tries to take advantage of it.
"He had a few chances on this road trip to come in for us and that's going to help him. You're seeing what's going on. He's finally starting to get some hits because of that."
to take the day off at short, Hocking raised his batting average 29 points to .271 (19-for-70).
"You got to take pride in what you do, and I do," Hocking said. "But when people start looking at your average, that's the frustrating part."
The score was 4-2 with two outs in the fifth when Hocking fouled off two pitches before depositing a 2-2 offering from Kinney - a former Twin - into the right-center field seats to open a three-run cushion for Minnesota.
"My contributions to the team are strictly behind the scenes," said Hocking, an 11-year veteran. "I haven't done very much on this team to contribute offensively or in the field. You pick up the paper and it's frustrating after a while. You realize, 'Hey, I have to turn it around.'"
(6-3) was reached for a season-high seven runs Tuesday at Kansas City. But the veteran lefthander bounced back, yielding three runs and scattering seven hits in five-plus innings.
Despite leaving in the sixth after being hit on his lower left leg by a line drive off the bat of
, Rogers improved to 10-5 with a 3.78 ERA in 33 appearances Milwaukee.
is pretty sore," Gardenhire said. "He got hit pretty good on the foot. Our bullpen came in after that and did a nice job. We had some nice hits early on and gave us a nice little breather."