(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Twins hope to both lock up a series victory and get to the .500 mark on Thursday night as they conclude a four- game home-and-home series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Twins have won the last two meetings after dropping Monday's opener in Milwaukee, picking up a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night as the series shifted to Minnesota.
Oswaldo Arcia drove in four runs -- three on a fourth-inning homer -- and Josh Willingham had a pair of hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Twins. Arcia and Trevor Plouffe both hit RBI singles in the seventh inning after the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez had homered in the top of the frame to tie the game.
Ricky Nolasco earned the win after giving up four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. He helped Minnesota win for the third time in four games overall, getting the club to 28-29 on the year.
"We battled really well today," Nolasco said. "I thought the defense made some really good plays."
Ramirez hit a three-run homer after being activated off the disabled list prior to the game and Mark Reynolds had two hits and an RBI in the Brewers' second straight loss that comes after a span of five victories in six games.
Starter Marco Estrada did not factor in the decision after giving up four runs on six hits with three walks across six frames. Rob Wooten was tagged with the loss after giving up a run in the seventh.
"I thought we had it," Estrada said. "It's unfortunate the way this game turned out."
Minnesota has won seven of its past eight meetings with Milwaukee and will start Kevin Correia in tonight's finale.
Correia is coming off an encouraging no-decision on Saturday against the New York Yankees and their red-hot hurler Masahiro Tanaka. Correia gave up one run on nine hits and a walk in six innings of work.
"It was a good start going against one of the best pitchers in the league," said Correia. "Both (teams) had a lot of opportunities to score. (Tanaka and I) both pitched out of some jams."
The right-handed Correia is 2-6 with a 5.87 earned run average on the year and 5-6 with a 4.57 ERA lifetime versus the Brewers in 21 games (12 starts). The 33-year-old last faced them on May 27, 2013 and got the win, giving up three solo homers over six innings.
Former Twin Carlos Gomez had two of those homers and Jean Segura had the other.
Correia got the win over Wily Peralta in that May meeting and Peralta will counter the Minnesota hurler again tonight. Peralta was facing the Twins for the first time and was charged with three earned runs on five hits and five walks over five innings to take the loss.
The right-hander comes into this outing having lost three straight starts and four consecutive decisions, with his last appearance his worst of the season.
Peralta was charged with a season-high six runs on five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames of an 8-0 setback to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, giving up a pair of homers.
The 25-year-old fell below .500 at 4-5 with a solid 2.73 ERA.