MINNEAPOLIS - Aaron Hicks homered again and made another run-saving catch for Minnesota, helping Samuel Deduno and the Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Deduno (1-1) pitched into the eighth inning, the longest start for a Twins pitcher in more than a month, and gave up four hits and one run.
"We were wanting him to get through (the 8th inning), but what a performance," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He makes hitters uncomfortable. He had a nice breaking ball. His fastball was diving all over the place, a good change-up cutting away from hitters. He did a great job for us."
Deduno beat Marco Estrada (4-3), who was done in by a three-run first as the Brewers lost their fifth straight game.
The night before in Milwaukee, Hicks had a home run and a double that set up the go-ahead run in the 14th inning. The rookie center fielder also made a jumping grab at the wall to take a homer away from Carlos Gomez earlier in the game.
This time, Hicks snagged a sinking line drive by Rickie Weeks with a dive to end the fourth and keep Gomez from scoring.
Gardenhire joked that if Hicks were to make a great catch and hit a home run every game that he would have a pretty impressive career.
"He's a very talented kid," Gardenhire said. "There's nights where he's still going through is growing pains, where it doesn't click for him, but you see what he can do, how athletic he is."
The Twins look for the unconventional 4-game sweep against the Brewers on Thursday. Minnesota also defeated the Brewers the first two games of the home-and-home series on Monday and Tuesday.
The Twins have won four of their last five games after a 10-game losing streak.
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