McClung, Cameron spark Brewers' win

McClung, Cameron spark win

MILWAUKEE -- Another quality outing from starter Seth McClung and some Father's Day heroics from Mike Cameron lifted the Brewers to a close 4-2 victory over the Twins in the series finale on Sunday, helping Milwaukee avoid a sweep.

"I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead," McClung said. "Any time you get ahead in the count and you turn pretty good hitters into defensive hitters, it basically takes the bat out of their hands."

McClung (4-3) extended the current hot streak of the Brewers' starting rotation, as the team has put up 15 quality starts in the last 19 games. McClung allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking none over his six innings of work.

"He did a nice job again tonight," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's really impressive because he's changed his style a little bit. He is on the attack, working fast, trying to pitch to contact with good stuff and he's doing it.

"He doesn't have a game plan, per se, except for work fast and stay with [catcher] Jason Kendall. He keeps it really simple and pitches to his strengths."

McClung's performance and a big swing from Cameron gave Milwaukee its much-needed first Interleague win in front of the sellout crowd on Sunday afternoon.

Cameron's sons were at Miller Park for Father's Day, and the slugger was able to put on quite a show for them.

"It's always good," Cameron said. "It's been a couple of years since I've had them on Father's Day because I've been on the road. It was good to have them here and let them run around a little bit."

Before Sunday's game, Brewers players and their families were able to relax and spend some quality time with their sons and daughters.

"[It was good] to see all the kids out there, especially after two rough nights," Cameron said with a smile. "To have them come out here and loosen up everybody by running and chasing them around a bit is always good."

Cameron's home run turned out to be the game-winner as the Brewers' bullpen -- Brian Shouse, Guillermo Mota and Salomon Torres -- worked three scoreless innings to preserve the win for McClung. Torres picked up his eighth save.

Mota was especially effective, striking out the side in the eighth inning on 10 pitches, and Yost was equally impressed with Torres given that he'd pitched 2 1/3 innings on Saturday.

McClung and Torres were not slated to have such large roles when the season began, but necessity moved them to their current roles, and Yost is pleased with the results.

"[McClung and Torres] have both been pleasant surprises," Yost said. "They have been very effective."

The Brewers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on a Kendall RBI single that scored Cameron from second to make it 4-2. Milwaukee had an opportunity to break the game wide open, but Twins reliever Dennys Reyes struck out Gabe Kapler to end the inning.

Overshadowed by the Brewers' win, Twins starter Scott Baker (2-2) was tagged with the loss, despite a good performance. The righty matched a career high with nine strikeouts, but still allowed the three Brewers' runs on seven hits over six innings.

McClung was staked to an early 1-0 lead when the Brewers strung together three hits and a walk off Baker in the first inning.

But Baker settled into a groove after that first inning, and in a big way.

At one point, the Twins righty struck out five straight Brewers -- including four in the third inning. It was the first time an American League pitcher struck out four batters in an inning since Kazuhiro Sasaki did it for the Mariners in 2003.

Prince Fielder struck out, but reached base on a wild pitch to make the rare four-strikeout inning possible. Ryan Braun, Fielder, Branyan and Cameron were all victims in the inning.

But Baker would falter, and Cameron would make up for the strikeout. In his next at-bat, Cameron lifted a 1-0 pitch into the left-field bullpen for a home run to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead and the win.

Every home run hit in the across the Major Leagues on Sunday garnered a $21,000 donation to support prostate cancer research. Entering play on Sunday, the initiative had raised over $2.2 million for the cause.

The issue is very important to Cameron, whose family has been affected by the disease.

"My dad was just diagnosed over this past season and he had a successful surgery, so these things hit home," Cameron said. "It's always important to remember those kinds of things. Today was double victorious for me."

For more information on prostate cancer research, visit www.prostatecancerfoundation.org.

Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.