MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins said Jake Westbrook's outing for the Indians was one of the best pitching performances he'd seen all season. But it didn't stop him from winning the game for the Brewers.
Jenkins' hit off Bob Wickman (1-2) wasted Westbrook's dominating performance in an eight-inning duel with counterpart Dave Bush.
"You're not going to see many games as good as that," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Wickman got the first out of the ninth, then walked Carlos Lee and Prince Fielder. Bill Hall hit a soft single to load the bases for Jenkins, who is now hitting .295 with runners in scoring position despite his .256 overall average.
Jenkins ripped a line drive that rolled to wall in right and immediately raised his fist to celebrate.
"Obviously, I couldn't throw a strike," said Wickman, who blew his second save opportunity in 11 chances. "It doesn't matter how sharp the stuff is if you can't throw a strike."
It was the first time in 29 games that the Indians had lost after heading to the ninth with the lead.
Jose Capellan (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win. The Indians put runners on second and third against Capellan when Ronnie Belliard hit a sharp liner that third baseman Corey Koskie snagged.
"He made a great play," Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta said. "We just don't have a lot of good luck right now."
Westbrook was coming off a commanding win on the road, one of only two in Cleveland's nine-game trip that ends Sunday, and he had the game in hand when he left after eight innings.
"He was one of the better guys stuff-wise we've faced all year," Jenkins said. "He was on."
Westbrook retired nine in a row at one point and struck out the side in the first. He allowed just five hits and an unearned run.
"I was throwing the ball well and I was able to keep them off balance," he said.
The Indians grabbed a 2-0 lead for him in the second. Ronnie Belliard's fielder's choice scored Peralta, who has eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. Westbrook helped his own cause with an RBI double, his first major league hit in his eighth career plate appearance.
"I'm probably the least likely one to get a hit on the starting staff," he said. "Everybody will tell you the same thing."
That was it for the Indians against Bush, who allowed four hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out six, but he received little help after Hall and the Brewers squandered chances in the second and seventh.
Hall failed to score in the second after a double when he was thrown out at the plate by Franklin Gutierrez, who fired a perfect strike from right field to catcher Victor Martinez.
Hall also was picked off first before Jenkins' double in the seventh, and Jenkins was left stranded.
"It's two crucial runs we could've had and we wouldn't have been playing the bottom of the ninth," Hall said. "But we found a way to muster up and found a way in the ninth like we always do."
The Brewers got to Westbrook, who struck out eight, in the sixth. Gabe Gross hit a flare single and made it to third on a pair of groundouts. First baseman Ben Broussard then let an easy roller by Koskie scoot under his glove to cut the Indians' lead to 2-1.
Westbrook, who called for the trainer before pitching the seventh because he jammed his thumb while hitting, tied his career high for strikeouts for the seventh time. ... Gutierrez had his first career hit in the seventh. The prospect was called up from Triple-A Buffalo after RF Casey Blake (strained left oblique) went on the DL on Friday. ... Brewers RHP Ben Sheets (right shoulder tendinitis) threw 70 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday. He said there's still no timetable for his return, saying that it is unlikely he'll come back before the All-Star break. ... The Brewers have 22 come-from-behind wins this season.