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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Brew Crew Beats Reds 6-1

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."

Rick Helling (1-0) will face Aaron Harang (9-12) on Tuesday.


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