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Twins falter in 9th, fall to Brewers in 10
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Twins falter in 9th, fall to Brewers in 10

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Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia celebrates with teammates after driving in the winning run during the 10th inning of the team's opening-day baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw began his second stint in Milwaukee eager to play in front of Brewers fans again, particularly because he knew how much they missed going to games last season.

Shaw made sure those fans went home happy by sparking a rally that marked the latest chapter in his own comeback story.

Lorenzo Cain scored the winning run in the 10th to give the Brewers a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday after Shaw's two-out double capped a three-run rally in the ninth.

"It just wasn't the same last year," Shaw said. "For me personally, after a tough ending my first time here, it was nice to hear the roar again."

Shaw played for the Brewers from 2017-19 but slumped badly his final season in Milwaukee and ended up in Toronto last year. He signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers before the season.

His big hit delighted the crowd of 11,740 at Milwaukee's American Family Field. Local health officials are allowing spectators to fill 25% of the stadium's seating capacity this year after the pandemic prevented fans from attending games last season.

"When you get these fans and especially at AmFam, man, we get loud, I think that's a big adrenaline push for us," said Josh Hader, who hit 100 mph while striking out three batters in the top of the 10th.

The Brewers forced extra innings by scoring three unearned runs in the ninth off closer Alex Colomé in his Twins debut. The Twins had built a 5-2 lead by getting a two-run homer from Byron Buxton and three hits from Max Kepler.

With one out, Colomé hit Kolten Wong in the hand with a pitch. Keston Hiura followed with a bouncer to Colomé, who made a poor throw to second rather than taking the easy out at first. The error put runners on first and second.

Christian Yelich delivered a deep fly to right that went off Kepler's glove for an RBI single.

"We had an opportunity to win the game," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We didn't come through."

After Hiura and Yelich advanced to third and second on Avisaíl García's grounder to the right side, Shaw ripped a game-tying, two-run double to right center.

"He's an important player for us," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's a guy that's obviously capable of big things."

Cain opened the bottom of the 10th inning on second base and moved to third when Omar Narváez singled to right off Randy Dobnak (0-1). Orlando Arcia then hit a bouncer to second baseman Jorge Polanco, whose throw to the plate wasn't in time to get a sliding Cain.

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