"Last night was an eye-opener," Hunter said, referring to the Twins' 13-1 loss to the Brewers. "We woke up and didn't want it to happen again."
After having his contract purchased by the Brewers on Friday, Burba (0-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. The veteran righthander signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee on May 4 and spent the last seven weeks with Class AAA Indianapolis.
"Dave did a good job," Brewers manager
said. "When he kept the ball down, it was really good. He was impressive. His stuff was OK. But when he kept it down, it was pretty good."
(7-3) helped the Twins win for the just the fourth time in 14 games, yielding one run and six hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
He beat the Brewers for the second time in a week, yielding three runs and eight hits in five innings of an 8-3 victory on Saturday.
"Every pitcher that goes to the mound is conscious of how his team is doing," Rogers said. "A rebound has got to start somewhere, and you hope it starts with you."
Minnesota closed to within one game of the first-place
Kansas City Royals
in the American League Central Division.
"We won a game, and that's what winning will do for you," Koskie said. "Kenny did a great job, and that's all you can ask for. Everyone contributed and did his job."
"The guys were laughing, smiling and having fun," Twins manager
recorded the final three outs for his 20th save but first since June 13.
"At this point, we're struggling and everybody's unhappy," Guardado said. "We're not rolling over, but we can get a little bit lazy. Each win is important, but hopefully we can start something with this one."
Hunter got the Twins going with a solo homer in the second and
added an RBI single in the same inning to make it 2-0.
"I've been facing Burba for a while, since he was with Cleveland," Hunter said. "I figured he would throw me a fastball and I had a good reaction. It was nice to see us get started like that."
Rogers blanked the Brewers until Podsednik's RBI single made it 2-1 in the fifth.
"I'm very happy with the way I pitched," Rogers said. "It's more indicative of how I should be pitching."
After Koskie homered in the fifth, Podsednik again pulled the Brewers within 3-2 in the seventh, but the Twins answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half as Valerio De Los Santos surrendered RBI singles to Hunter and
"I'm glad we pulled it out, and I hope we can continue to be successful like that," Guardado said. "We're trying not to build too deep of a hole."