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Friday, September 30, 2005

Brewers Beat Pirates 6-5, Clinch .500

The Milwaukee Brewers exchanged handshakes and congratulations as fireworks burst overhead, a rare late-season celebration for a team that hasn't been in the postseason since 1982.

OK, so the fireworks were only a coincidence, a pre-planned promotion by the Pirates. But the Brewers finally have something to cheer about, even if it's not a winning season quite yet.

Damian Miller and Geoff Jenkins hit two-run homers in the seventh inning and the Brewers, down by five runs while being held hitless for five innings by Oliver Perez, assured themselves of at least a .500 season by rallying to beat the Pirates 6-5 on Friday night.

The victory, the Brewers' eighth in 11 games, gave them an 81-79 record and ended their streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons dating to a 92-70 finish while still in the AL in 1992.

"It's an awesome, awesome feeling," said Jenkins, who has been with Milwaukee since 1998, longer than any other player. "It's not the playoffs or anything like that, but for us this is kind of our playoffs. It's a great feeling and something to build on for next year."

One victory in the final two games of the series assures that winning season, and it could come Saturday night against the Pirates' Kip Wells (7-18), who leads the majors in losses.
He is one loss away from becoming the first Pittsburgh starter with 19 losses since Jose DeLeon in 1985.

Manager Ned Yost said before the series began it was important for the Brewers to go into the offseason as winners.


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