MILWAUKEE – Rookie Prince Fielder hit his first major league home run, a pinch-hit, three-run drive in the sixth inning that led the Milwaukee Brewers over the Minnesota Twins 7-6 Saturday night.

AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana (7-4) led 5-2 before Carlos Lee’s two-run double in the fifth.

Wes Helms walked leading off the seventh, Chris Magruder singled and Jesse Crain relieved.

After J.J. Hardy sacrificed, Fielder batted for pitcher Matt Wise (1-2). The 21-year-old son of former major league star Cecil Fielder hit Crain’s next pitch 426 feet to left-center field to give the Brewers a 7-5 lead.

Santana gave up six runs in five innings, ending a streak of 16 straight road wins. He had not lost in 18 road starts since Kansas City beat him 5-2 on May 24 last year.

Torii Hunter homered twice for the Twins but hit an inning-ending flyout in the seventh with two on.

Wise pitched a scoreless sixth, Ricky Bottalico gave up one run in the seventh, Julio Santana pitched a scoreless eighth and Derrick Turnbow got three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the first. Shannon Stewart hit Tomo Ohka’s second pitch of the game into the Brewers’ bullpen for his 100th career homer. Justin Morneau doubled two outs later and scored on Hunter’s homer.

Rickie Weeks hit his first career home run in the bottom half, but Hunter’s 14th homer made it 4-1 in the fourth.

Weeks hit his first career triple in the fourth and scored on Bill Hall’s grounder. Glenn Williams doubled in the fifth inning and came home on Ohka’s wild pitch to stretch Minnesota’s lead to 5-2.

Luis Rivas scored on Joe Mauer’s grounder in the seventh.

Notes: The Brewers placed 3B Jeff Cirillo on the 15-day DL after he broke his left hand on Friday when he was hit by pitch. He was replaced on the roster by INF Trent Durrington. … Brewers first-round pick 3B Ryan Braun, who signed this week, worked out with the team before the game. … Glenn Williams’ fifth-inning double extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

AP-ES-06-25-05 2225EDT


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