Milwaukee at Pittsburgh

W: C. Capuano (3-2) L: J. Mesa (0-1)
S: D. Turnbow (6)
HR: MIL - None   PIT - J. Bay (7)

Jenkins' double lifts Brewers to win over Pirates

CBS wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Don't look now, St. Louis Cardinals. Here come the Brewers -- yes, those supposed-to-be-in-last-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Geoff Jenkins' double on a two-strike, two-out pitch in the ninth from Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa scored the decisive run, and the Brewers won their 11th in 14 games by rallying past the Pirates 4-3 Friday night.

Mesa, 12-for-12 in save opportunities but pitching in a non-save opportunity for the first time this season, walked pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth before getting the next two batters. But Jenkins lined a 1-2 pitch into right field, helping hand the Pirates only their third loss in 10 games.

"Obviously, it was a tough situation with a good pitcher up there throwing hard," Jenkins said. "I was just trying to get something I could handle."

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon usually doesn't go to Mesa without a lead, but he felt his closer could go two innings if necessary.

"I wanted my best guy in the game in the ninth," McClendon said. "I wanted to get something going in the ninth and win the game. But, here, in a tie ballgame, he was the guy I wanted for two innings."

The Brewers, coming off 12 consecutive losing seasons but 9-3 on a just-concluded homestand, are within 3½ games of NL Central leader St. Louis. The Cardinals lost 2-0 to the Mets on Friday.

"We're on a pretty good roll and morale in here is high," winning pitcher Chris Capuano said. "It's been a lot of fun on this run and we've got to ride it out as long as we can."

It may help they're in Pittsburgh for two more days -- the Brewers are 3-0 in PNC Park and 5-1 against the Pirates after going 6-12 against them last season.

The Pirates returned home after going 7-3 on their best road trip of 10 games or longer in 15 years, only to lose for the 10th time in 13 home games. It's their second bad start at home in as many seasons; they started 4-13 there last season.

"We've played only 13 games here," McClendon said. "We'll get it together."

The Pirates didn't against Capuano (3-2), who pitched a career-high eight innings in his 25th major-league start, giving up three runs and seven hits, striking out six and walking three. He has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last three starts.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities, giving him four wins and four saves in the Brewers' last 13 games.

The Pirates led 2-0 on Jason Bay's seventh homer, a two-out shot to left-center in the third, and again at 3-2 on Jose Castillo's double and Humberto Cota's RBI single in the fourth.

But the Brewers tied it each time after Kip Wells intentionally walked Russell Branyan with at least one runner on. Branyan was 9-for-24 with four homers against Wells before walking three straight times against him and four times overall.

After Carlos Lee singled and scored on Lyle Overbay's double to start the fourth, Branyan walked to put runners on first and second, and Wells hit Chad Moeller with a pitch to load the bases. Capuano, 1-for-15 this season, then hit a sacrifice fly on an 0-2 pitch to tie it at 2.

Wells, coming off three consecutive wins, walked Overbay to start the sixth, then intentionally walked Branyan with one out. Moeller, batting .111 when the game started, singled home Overbay for his third RBI this season.

"It's frustrating to get beat by who I got beat by," Wells said. "I feel like I had a good handle on those particular hitters (Capuano and Moeller)."

Wells was lifted after throwing 109 pitches in six innings, walking four and allowing three runs and six hits. The right-hander has a 6.05 ERA in three winless starts against Milwaukee this season.

Bay's homer ran his hitting streak to 11 games and was Pittsburgh's 20th in 10 games. Brewers pitchers have yielded 22 homers in eight games.


  • Mesa has allowed only four runs all season, but was scored upon for the third time in four games.
  • Milwaukee won just in time: A downpour began a minute after the game ended, which would have meant a long rain delay or a possible suspended game if the score had been tied.
  • Pirates SS Jack Wilson (virus) was a late scratch.
  • Billy Hall stole second and third in succession in the eighth with Mike Gonzalez pitching -- his first two steals this season -- but was left on base when Moeller struck out.
  • Pittsburgh had allowed only two runs in each of its previous five games.
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Brewers starter Chris Capuano strikes out six in a career-high eight innings to pick up the win.  (AP)
Brewers starter Chris Capuano strikes out six in a career-high eight innings to pick up the win. (AP)

Players of the Game

L. Overbay
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

C. Capuano
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 3
K 6

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NL Central Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (2:24)
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4010002 .338
Junior Spivey, 2B5000032 .243
Geoff Jenkins, RF5011021 .259
Carlos Lee, LF5110001 .255
Lyle Overbay, 1B3221100 .347
Bill Hall, SS3010101 .288
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Russell Branyan, 3B0000400 .264
Chad Moeller, C3011013 .128
Chris Capuano, P2001011 .067
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH0100100 .233
    J.J. Hardy, SS0000000 .181
a-walked for Capuano in the 9th
2B - Geoff Jenkins (8, Mesa), Lyle Overbay (9, Wells)
SF - Chris Capuano (1)
SH - Brady Clark (2)
RBI - Geoff Jenkins (11), Lyle Overbay (25), Chad Moeller (3), Chris Capuano (1)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins (4)
SB - Carlos Lee (3, 2nd base off Wells/Cota), Bill Hall 2 (2, 2nd base off Gonzalez/Cota, 3rd base off Gonzalez/Cota)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Spivey-Hall-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (W,3-2) 8733361 3.93
Derrick Turnbow (S,6) 1100010 1.96
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 104-68, Derrick Turnbow 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-12, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 33, Derrick Turnbow 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF5100025 .276
Freddy Sanchez, SS4000002 .254
Jason Bay, CF4112000 .312
Daryle Ward, 1B4020000 .265
Jose Castillo, 2B4120012 .316
Ty Wigginton, 3B3000113 .192
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
Michael Restovich, LF2000112 .273
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH1000010 .315
Humberto Cota, C4021012 .217
Kip Wells, P2010002 .250
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   b- Tike Redman, PH0000100 .129
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Hill, 3B1000001 .265
a-struck out for Restovich in the 9th
b-walked for White in the 7th
2B - Jose Castillo (1, Capuano), Humberto Cota (4, Turnbow)
HR - Jason Bay (7, Capuano)
RBI - Jason Bay 2 (19), Humberto Cota (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (11)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Michael Restovich 1
DP - Castillo-F. Sanchez-Ward
Pittsburgh Pirates
Kip Wells 6633440 4.53
Rick White 1000010 3.94
Salomon Torres 0.2000100 3.07
Mike Gonzalez 0.1000110 2.45
Jose Mesa (L,0-1) 1111110 2.77
IBB - Branyan by Kip Wells, by Branyan
HBP - Moeller (by Kip Wells)
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 109-65, Rick White 10-7, Salomon Torres 16-9, Mike Gonzalez 11-5, Jose Mesa 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 7-5, Rick White 1-1, Salomon Torres 1-1, Jose Mesa 1-1
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 27, Rick White 3, Salomon Torres 3, Mike Gonzalez 2, Jose Mesa 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23845
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford