Twins top Brewers 2-0 with strong Albers start, Donaldson HR

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Josh Donaldson’s two-run home run in the first inning stood up for well-traveled starter Andrew Albers as the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0.

Albers threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his first major league start in four seasons. He limited the first-place Brewers to three hits and one walk.

The 35-year-old Canadian left-hander was promoted last week from Triple-A as yet another reinforcement for a depleted Twins pitching staff.

The Brewers had their NL Central lead over Cincinnati shaved to 7 1/2 games. Their baseball-best road record fell to 42-22.