MINNEAPOLIS -- With an exhausted bullpen, the Minnesota Twins were desperate for a good start from pitcher Mike Pelfrey -- and they got one in today's 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Twins were desperate for a solid outing not only to give the bullpen much-needed rest, but also to avoid a weekend sweep to the last-place Brewers.

Pelfrey scattered eight hits and struck out seven over eight shut out innings to improve to 5-2 on the season while lowering his ERA to 2.28.

Eddie Rosario drove in the Twins' first run on an RBI double in the second inning. Eduardo Escobar followed that up with an RBI triple to the right field corner that scored Rosario and extended Minnesota's lead to 2-0.

Closer Glen Perkins sealed the victory in the bottom of the ninth to earn his Major League-leading 21st save of the season.

With the win, the Twins improve to 33-23 on the season and are currently in first place in the AL Central.

Minnesota will start a big home series against the second-place Kansas City Royals tomorrow night with Phil Hughes taking the mound for the Twins with a 7:10 p.m. scheduled start.