Minnesota's Kent Hrbek drove in two runs before he was ejected from a fight-marred game, leading the Twins to a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Minneapolis last night.
Jack O'Connor (3-3) picked up the victory in a game that was halted by a bench-clearing melee in the sixth inning. Mike Caldwell (7-9) was the loser as the Twins cooled the Brewers' hot bats for the second straight game.
Minnesota led, 4-2, when the Brewers' Paul Molitor led off the sixth with a single and went to third on Robin Yount's single.
Cecil Cooper then hit a grounder to second baseman John Castino, who flipped to shortstop Lenny Faedo covering second. Faedo stepped on the bag, then moved across it to relay to first, but Yount ran out of the base line and bowled over Faedo without sliding. Second base umpire Russ Goetz immediately called Yount for interference and ruled a double-play.
Goetz's ruling also sent Molitor, who had scored, back to third base.
Both benches cleared and a 10-minute scuffle ensued, with Hrbek and Brewers pitcher Bob McClure, who was not in the game at the time, ejected for fighting.