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Jenkins' homer the difference as Brewers sneak by Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins saw the sign begging the Brewers to keep him, then stated his case.

With his future uncertain, Jenkins homered off Tyler Johnson leading off the ninth inning Wednesday night to back a four-hitter by rookie Carlos Villanueva and two relievers in Milwaukee's 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jenkins, in his ninth year with Milwaukee, lost his starting right-field job on Aug. 11. He has one guaranteed year left in his contract -- he is owed $7 million -- and may not be part of the team's plans for 2007.

"I know I've got a big support group," said Jenkins, who was aware of the "Keep Jenkins" sign just behind him in right field. "It's definitely nice when you see that from the fans. It's pretty awesome. And they get a baseball, too."

St. Louis lost for the sixth time in 11 games, but the Cardinals' magic number to clinch the NL Central dropped to five when second-place Cincinnati lost to Houston 7-2.

Jenkins, batting .477 with six homers and 10 RBI in September, hit his 16th home run of the season, a drive to right off Johnson (0-3).

"Mistakes happen," Johnson said. "I left that slider right over the plate, right in his swing."

It was the Milwaukee's fourth game-ending home run this season and the second of Jenkins' career.

"There's no better feeling than when you're coming off third base after a walkoff homer and see your teammates waiting on you," Jenkins said. "There's probably not a too much more gratifying feeling as a player."

Villanueva, who earned his first major league victory in relief on Friday against Washington, made his fourth big league start. He allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

"Their rookie had command of all his pitches," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We couldn't do anything offensively."

In the seventh, Villanueva finished his night by getting Ronnie Belliard to swing and miss wildly at a changeup, then throwing a 91 mph fastball on the inside corner for a called third strike.

"My changeup, as the game went on, got better as they got a little bit more aggressive," Villanueva said. "When I was behind in the count, I could go to my changeup and it worked pretty well."

Chris Spurling pitched a one-hit eighth, and Francisco Cordero (3-0) threw a perfect ninth, lowering his ERA to 0.42 in 22 appearances since the Brewers acquired him from Texas on July 28.

Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan gave up six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one.

"He did everything he could," La Russa said.

The teams combined for six double plays, with Milwaukee hitting into double plays that ended the first, third and sixth innings.

Milwaukee had two on with two outs in the eighth before catcher Yadier Molina picked off Corey Hart at first with Jenkins in an 0-2 hole.

The Cardinals' first four hitters went 1-for-15 and Albert Pujols, who came in with 10 hits in his prior 17 at-bats, went 0-for-4.

"The first two times I got him out with a changeup," Villanueva said. "He's one of my idols. When you step between the white lines, you can't think about that."

Notes

Jenkins prior game-ending homer was May 29, 1998, against Florida. ... Brewers RHP Rick Helling is to have surgery Thursday on his left knee to repair torn cartilage. ... St. Louis has won the last six season series against the Brewers and is 7-5 this year. The Cardinals finish the regular season with a four-game set against Milwaukee. ... Cardinals RF Preston Wilson snapped an 0-for-10 streak with a single in the fourth.

 
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Albert Pujols is in no mood to play hide and seek with home-run happy Brewer Geoff Jenkins.  (AP)
Albert Pujols is in no mood to play hide and seek with home-run happy Brewer Geoff Jenkins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Suppan
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, SS4000002 .271
Chris Duncan, LF4010011 .304
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B4000002 .328
Juan Encarnacion, CF3000101 .284
Scott Spiezio, 3B4010021 .263
Preston Wilson, RF3010001 .259
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3000011 .275
Yadier Molina, C2000001 .220
Jeff Suppan, P2000012 .192
   a- John Rodriguez, PH-LF1010000 .304
Totals300401512 
a-doubled for Suppan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Spiezio (14, Villanueva), John Rodriguez (12, Spurling)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Pujols-Miles, Belliard-Miles-Pujols, Miles-Belliard-Pujols, Spiezio-Belliard-Pujols
E - Ronnie Belliard (11, ), Aaron Miles (16, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Suppan 7600140 4.07
Josh Hancock 0.2200100 3.75
Tyler Johnson (L,0-3) 0.1111001 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 97-61, Josh Hancock 14-8, Tyler Johnson 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 11-5, Josh Hancock 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 27, Josh Hancock 4, Tyler Johnson 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Anthony Gwynn, CF4020011 .277
Tony Graffanino, SS3010111 .281
Prince Fielder, 1B3010102 .276
Corey Hart, LF4010002 .286
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Geoff Jenkins, RF4121002 .271
Jeff Cirillo, 2B3010011 .321
David Bell, 3B3000000 .261
Damian Miller, C3010012 .251
Carlos Villanueva, P1000002 .111
   a- Brady Clark, PH1000000 .260
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Mench, LF0000000 .266
Totals291912413 
a-grounded out for Villanueva in the 7th
Batting
2B - Damian Miller (28, Suppan)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (16, Johnson)
SH - Carlos Villanueva (2)
RBI - Geoff Jenkins (68)
SB - Anthony Gwynn (2, 2nd base off Suppan/Molina)
PK - Corey Hart (1, Johnson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cirillo-Graffanino-Fielder, Bell-Cirillo-Fielder
PB - Damian Miller (3)
E - Prince Fielder (11, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva 7300150 3.35
Chris Spurling 1100000 2.55
Francisco Cordero (W,10-4) 1000000 3.45
HBP - Molina (by Carlos Villanueva)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 104-62, Chris Spurling 16-11, Francisco Cordero 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 8-7, Chris Spurling 1-2, Francisco Cordero 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 25, Chris Spurling 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14242
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Jerry Meals