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Milwaukee at Cincinnati

W: T. Ohka (10-7) L: M. Belisle (3-7)
S: D. Eveland (1)
HR: MIL - None   CIN - A. Dunn (36)

Brewers bust loose in eighth for victory over Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Geoff Jenkins' sore back doesn't hurt when he swings, just when he runs. Five swings were all he needed to carry the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Jenkins tied his career high with five hits and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to back the efficient pitching of Tomo Ohka as the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1.

"It won't get any worse," said Jenkins, who had two doubles and an RBI while personally outhitting the Reds 5-4. "It doesn't hurt when I hit or throw. It only hurts when I run or occasionally get out in front. It's as bad as it's been for the past few weeks, but I'll make it through the season."

With the score tied at 1 and one out in the eighth, the Brewers loaded the bases against reliever Matt Belisle (3-7) on singles by Jenkins and Wes Helms and a walk to Damian Miller. With the Cincinnati infield at double-play depth, J.J. Hardy bounced a single through the hole into left field to drive in Jenkins with the go-ahead run.

Kent Mercker replaced Belisle and gave up an almost identical run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo. Brady Clark hit into a double play to end the inning.

Jenkins had five hits for the third time in his career, second this season.

"Jenkins had a great night," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's been swinging the bat really well. They have a good ballclub. They have a great lineup. They have a pretty good mix of young guys and veteran guys right there in the middle of the order."

Ohka (10-7), who improved to 4-1 with two no-decisions in his last seven starts, needed 74 pitches to get through his seven innings, allowing three hits and one run with six strikeouts.

"My command was good," Ohka said. "I felt like I could throw a strike every time. I tried to keep the ball down because they've got a good-hitting team."

Narron said the Reds couldn't get anything going against Ohka.

"He got a lot of outs early in the count. It looked like he had pretty good movement. His slider or cutter was moving away from our right-handers," Narron said. "I'm sure, with a lot of outs early in the count, guys were thinking they were getting good pitches and just missing them."

Rookie Dana Eveland pitched the last two innings for his first career save.

The fifth-place Reds fell 24½ games behind Central Division-leading St. Louis. Cincinnati has 25 games left.

Reds starter Brandon Claussen, who had won five consecutive decisions before losing 10-0 at Houston last Wednesday, gave up seven hits and one run with six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

"My job is to make sure I give our team a chance to win," Claussen said. "I felt like I did that. I have to tip my cap to Ohka. He pitched a great game, too."

"Brandon was outstanding," Narron said. "It's a shame to waste that kind of effort."

Carlos Lee and Jenkins hit consecutive doubles with one out in the fourth to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Lee extended his hitting streak to eight games with his ground-rule double, a bloop down the right-field line that bounced into the stands.

Adam Dunn tied the score in the bottom of the fourth with a one-out homer to right on the first pitch. It was his 36th of the season and first in 30 at-bats since Aug. 26. It also broke a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. for the team lead.

Milwaukee added three runs in the ninth on doubles by Lee and Jenkins and a passed ball.


  • Cincinnati SS Rich Aurilia made his first start since Aug. 27. He had been limited by a viral infection to one pinch-hit appearance in seven games.
  • The Reds collected donations from fans for a local relief agency trying to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • The Reds activated IF Ryan Freel from the 15-day disabled list. Freel hasn't played since Aug. 16 because of torn cartilage in his right knee and a sore right quadriceps. He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Aug. 18.
  • The Reds recalled RHPs Joe Valentine and Allan Simpson and C Miguel Perez from Triple-A Louisville and purchased the contract of RHP Chris Booker from Louisville.
  • Booker started the ninth in his major-league debut after 11 seasons in the minor leagues.
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Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins is perfect from the plate, going 5-for-5 with two doubles.  (AP)
Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins is perfect from the plate, going 5-for-5 with two doubles. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Jenkins
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Rickie Weeks, 2B5000022 .241
Lyle Overbay, 1B4100111 .271
Carlos Lee, LF5221000 .268
Geoff Jenkins, RF5152000 .292
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2B - Brady Clark 2 (27, Claussen, Claussen), Carlos Lee 2 (37, Claussen, Booker), Geoff Jenkins 2 (35, Claussen, Claussen)
RBI - Carlos Lee (101), Geoff Jenkins 2 (74), J.J. Hardy (36), Jeff Cirillo (15)
SB - Chris Magruder (3, 2nd base off Booker/LaRue)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Overbay
E - Rickie Weeks (14, misplayed grounder)
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Dana Eveland (S,1) 2100110 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 75-55, Dana Eveland 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 6-10, Dana Eveland 3-1
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 25, Dana Eveland 7
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4020010 .279
Rich Aurilia, 2B4000002 .265
Adam Dunn, LF4111011 .248
Austin Kearns, RF4000021 .248
Sean Casey, 1B4000000 .318
Jason LaRue, C3000011 .262
Wily Mo Pena, CF3000011 .264
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2010110 .238
Brandon Claussen, P2000001 .045
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .143
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Freel, PH1000001 .281
    Chris Booker, P0000000 .000
    Allan Simpson, P0000000 .000
a-grounded into a double play for Mercker in the 8th
HR - Adam Dunn (36, Ohka)
RBI - Adam Dunn (88)
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DP - Encarnacion-Casey
PB - Jason LaRue (5)
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Brandon Claussen 7711260 4.22
Matt Belisle (L,3-7) 0.1322100 3.99
Kent Mercker 0.2100000 3.56
Chris Booker 0.1332110 54.00
Allan Simpson 0.2000010 33.75
IBB - Hardy by Brandon Claussen
WP - Allan Simpson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 117-73, Matt Belisle 22-16, Kent Mercker 4-4, Chris Booker 18-9, Allan Simpson 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 7-8, Matt Belisle 1-0, Kent Mercker 1-0, Allan Simpson 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 30, Matt Belisle 5, Kent Mercker 2, Chris Booker 5, Allan Simpson 2
Game Information
Attendance - 16144
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Miller