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Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2003 12:32 AM EDT
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13 19 0
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W Kinney (6-6)
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MILWAUKEE 13, MINNESOTA 1
 

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Twins still need a spark.

Matt Kinney pitched an eight-hitter for his first career complete game as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled to a 13-1 rout of the Twins, who have lost 10 of their last 13 games.

Kinney (6-6) blanked his former team until giving up an RBI double to Torii Hunter in the sixth. The righthander walked one, struck out four and lowered his ERA from 4.58 to 4.26.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thought his team would show "a little more fire" in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox . But Minnesota continued to look flat in the opener of this interleague three-game series.

"I think there's too much emotion out there," Gardenhire said. "We're not letting ourselves be athletes. These guys do care. They were (annoyed) out there. But we've got to turn the page."

"We've been pushing too hard, but we do have to keep pushing," Hunter added. "We've just got to get back together and start having some fun. Then we'll see what happens. When you win, you always have fun. But when you lose, you have to build on that. It's too early in the season to worry about stuff like this, though."

John Vander Wal hit a two-run homer in the fifth before Richie Sexson added a three-run shot, his 22nd, in the seventh to give Milwaukee a 9-1 cushion. Designated hitter Brooks Kieschnick and Eddie Perez slugged back-to-back solo shots in the ninth to cap the scoring.

"I'm just trying to get some hits right now," said Sexson, who went 1-for-10 earlier this week in a three-game series at Wrigley Field. "I don't worry about the home runs. I've been going to the cage for an hour at a time, just trying to get it back. In the game of baseball, you go up and down and you never know."

Twins starter Kyle Lohse (6-6) was tagged for six runs - five earned - and eight hits in five innings in his second straight rough outing against the Brewers. In Saturday's 8-1 loss at Milwaukee, the righthander surrendered seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

"We come in here every day with resolve," Lohse said. "But you can't put too much pressure on yourself. Hopefully, tonight is the lowest we can go. Tomorrow we've got to come and play like normal. We're trying hard and we're going to work things out."

Lohse has struggled in his career against the Brewers, going 1-2 with a 9.41 ERA in four starts.

The game was scoreless in the top of the third when Milwaukee's Royce Clayton and Eric Young hit back-to-back two-out singles. Scott Podsednik 's double gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, Kieschnick singled in two runs and took third on an error by right fielder Dustan Mohr .

"That ballgame was not very good. It was downright ugly out there," Gardenhire said. "But we're not going to quit. We need to regroup and try to do something new. We need to start having some fun out there. Things just didn't go very well out there tonight. We need to entertain the fans better from here on out. I'm tired of watching film."


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