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MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins waited until his teammates pushed him out for a curtain call in the fifth. After all, he'd only tied the game, and the Brewers were still struggling on offense.
So, the 10-year veteran drove in the go-ahead run in his next at-bat for good measure.
"It was Geoff Jenkins' day here," manager Ned Yost said. "That was as huge as it gets right there to pick us up, the game that he had offensively for us. A big three-run homer, but the hit off the lefty to score the winning run was every bit as big."
Jenkins, a career .241 hitter against lefties that forced Milwaukee to platoon him in left field with Kevin Mench, helped Milwaukee break out of its offensive funk by tying it in the fifth inning at 5. Then he hit the go-ahead single in the seventh off reliever Dennys Reyes (0-1).
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was agitated and fidgeting with his sunglasses after the game because he learned that Reyes' throwing shoulder had been bothering him since late April.
"Those are the kinds of things that a manager has to know before the ballgame. I found out after the ballgame," Gardenhire said. "I don't know if that's affecting his throwing, supposedly he's fine to pitch ... (but) all I know is a manager should know about things like that."
"Carlos, Wise, Turnbow and Coco did a great job," said Brewers starter Claudio Vargas, roughed up for five runs off six hits and six walks. "It was only one base hit after I left, and we came back and won the game. It's a big win for us."
Cordero has been stunned by his performance so far.
"I haven't been as good as I've been right now," said Cordero, who had 49 saves and was an All-Star three years ago. "In 2004, I got a great season, but what I'm doing right now is just unbelievable."
Despite the victory, the Brewers are just 3-7 in their last 10 and play the next six against the Dodgers and Padres on the road. They managed to snap Minnesota's streak of 12 straight interleague victories, which included five in a row against them.
Jenkins, who last had as many as five RBI when he had six on April 29, 2001, against Montreal, hit a three-run homer off Twins starter Ramon Ortiz in the fifth to join Robin Yount (251), Gorman Thomas (208) and Cecil Cooper (201) as the fourth Brewer with 200 home runs. He needed a little push from teammates to acknowledge his curtain call.
"They told me to go out there and enjoy it," Jenkins said. "It would be hard to enjoy it if we didn't win the ballgame. It was a big hit at the time and it's obviously nice to pitch in and help out. We definitely needed kind of a jolt of energy."
Jenkins also drove in a run in the third and is 8-for-15 with four homers and 12 RBI in his career against Ortiz. Prince Fielder said the young Brewers look to his leadership.
"He's been here forever, his whole career," Fielder said. "He's the man here."
The Twins, 18-3 against the NL since 2006, took a 4-0 lead with a two-out rally in the third. After Vargas retired the first two batters, it took him 29 pitches to record the final out. Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer and Vargas loaded the bases off an infield hit by Justin Morneau and two walks.
Vargas was gone after laboring through a 21-pitch fourth inning that featured a wild pitch and another walk that set up Morneau's sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
The runs appeared to be enough for the Twins, but Ortiz, who last won on April 17, couldn't get out of the fifth after allowing 10 hits, the biggest by Jenkins and Hardy.
"This month is crazy, nothing works for me," Ortiz said. "I know I can pitch. All you can do is keep going, and you know you're going to be fine."
|Geoff Jenkins applauds his 200th career HR, and his five RBI lift the Brewers from a four-run deficit. (AP)|
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|Luis Castillo, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.323|
|Nick Punto, 3B-SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.241|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.272|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.274|
|Torii Hunter, CF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.318|
|Lew Ford, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.217|
|Pat Neshek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Heintz, C||2||0||1||2||2||0||0||.333|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.240|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dennys Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Tyner, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Ramon Ortiz, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Luis Rodriguez, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.216|
|2B - Luis Rodriguez (2, Villanueva)|
|HR - Michael Cuddyer (5, Vargas)|
|SF - Justin Morneau (2)|
|SH - Luis Castillo (1)|
|RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (29), Justin Morneau (26), Chris Heintz 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (8), Chris Heintz 2 (2)|
|CS - Nick Punto (2, 2nd base by Vargas/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Rodriguez-Castillo-Morneau|
|Dennys Reyes (L,0-1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||6.57|
|HBP - Fielder (by Ramon Ortiz)|
|WP - Dennys Reyes (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 86-57, Matt Guerrier 15-9, Dennys Reyes 9-5, Pat Neshek 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-5, Matt Guerrier 2-2, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Pat Neshek 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 24, Matt Guerrier 5, Dennys Reyes 3, Pat Neshek 4|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.360|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.320|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.290|
|Bill Hall, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.261|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||4||1||3||5||0||0||0||.310|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Tony Graffanino, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.198|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.224|
|Claudio Vargas, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|a- Corey Hart, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Gabe Gross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Kevin Mench, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Vargas in the 4th|
|b-flied out for Villanueva in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Turnbow in the 8th|
|2B - J.J. Hardy (12, Ortiz), Prince Fielder (12, Reyes)|
|HR - Geoff Jenkins (9, Ortiz)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy (41), Geoff Jenkins 5 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins (4)|
|SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (5, 2nd base off Ortiz/Heintz), Craig Counsell (3, 2nd base off Ortiz/Heintz)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Damian Miller (1)|
|Matt Wise (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.06|
|Derrick Turnbow (H,10)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.93|
|Francisco Cordero (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.47|
|IBB - Bartlett by Claudio Vargas|
|WP - Claudio Vargas (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 90-48, Carlos Villanueva 24-19, Matt Wise 12-10, Derrick Turnbow 11-5, Francisco Cordero 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 6-4, Carlos Villanueva 3-2, Matt Wise 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 23, Carlos Villanueva 7, Matt Wise 3, Derrick Turnbow 4, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 39119|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mike Winters|