Jenkins breaks thumb on play at plate


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers will be minus streaking
Geoff Jenkins as they try to extend their best-ever winning string
in the National League.

Jenkins homered for the fourth consecutive game Thursday, but
left with what was likely a season-ending thumb injury before Bill
Hall hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to send the Brewers to
their 10th straight victory, 4-3 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Jenkins broke his left thumb after banging it on Cincinnati
catcher Jason LaRue's shinguard while being tagged out at the plate
to end the seventh inning.

X-rays revealed the break. Jenkins planned to travel with the
team to Chicago, where the Brewers are scheduled to open a
three-game series against the Cubs on Friday, before driving to
Milwaukee for further examination.

Still to be decided was whether to place the thumb in a splint
or surgically insert a pin, Jenkins said.

"It's frustrating to me," said Jenkins, who missed the second
half of last season with a dislocated right ankle. "This isn't the
first time this has happened. Not only were we putting together a
win streak -- and I was having my best time ever in Milwaukee -- but
I was putting forth better efforts in hitting and doing things to
help the team win.

"I think I'm the type of guy who can get on a roll and carry a
team -- like Richie (Sexson) -- and I was on one. I'm very
disappointed. I don't think I've ever had more of a high and a
low," he said.

Before he was injured, Jenkins was 9-for-16 with seven RBI in
the series, leading the Brewers to their first sweep of a four-game
series with the Reds.

The Brewers' winning streak is their longest since joining the
NL in 1998. The last time they won more than 10 in a row was during
their club-record 13-game run in 1987.

Cincinnati has lost five in a row to drop into a tie for fifth
with the Brewers.

"They're playing as well as anybody in baseball," Reds interim
manager Dave Miley said. "They've done a nice job getting into the
direction they're heading."

Jenkins tied it at 1 with a two-out homer in the third, his
28th. He matched Jeromy Burnitz's club record for consecutive games
with at least one home run since Milwaukee moved to the NL in 1998.
The overall team mark is five, also set by Burnitz in 1997.

Eddie Perez opened the top of the 10th with a double off Chris
Reitsma (9-4). After Royce Clayton grounded out, Hall homered to
left for his third of the season and second in the series.

Valerio De Los Santos (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings for
the win.

The Reds cut it to 4-3 in the 10th on Hall's two-out error at
second base, but Dan Kolb retired LaRue with the bases loaded for
his 13th save in 14 tries. Kolb has converted 13 consecutive

Milwaukee starter Wes Obermueller, acquired July 2 from Kansas
City, took a lead into the seventh but was denied his first win in
nine career major league appearances, including eight starts.

Ryan Freel led off the first inning for the Reds by getting on
base and scoring for the fourth consecutive game. He started
Thursday with a double and scored on D'Angelo Jimenez's double.

Milwaukee capitalized on third baseman Russell Branyan's error
to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Branyan, activated from the
disabled list before the game after being sidelined since Aug. 13
with a sprained right ankle, mishandled Keith Ginter's grounder.

John Vander Wal drove in Ginter with the go-ahead run.

The Reds took advantage of a Milwaukee error to tie it in the
seventh. Dernell Stenson led off with a single, and Luis Vizcaino
relieved Obermueller.

LaRue laid down a sacrifice bunt, but second baseman Ginter took
his eye off first baseman Sexson's throw, and the ball sailed into
foul territory down the right-field line, allowing Stenson to score
and LaRue to move to third.

After Ruben Mateo struck out, Freel flied out to right field,
and Vander Wal threw LaRue out at the plate for a double play.

Game notes
Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik singled in the third to extend
his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. ... Sexson was 0-for-12
in the series before he singled in the third inning. ... The Reds
optioned C Corky Miller to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the
roster for Branyan. ... Ginter left in the middle of the eighth
with leg cramps ... Milwaukee manager Ned Yost and the Brewers
coaches wore outfits made famous by waitresses at the Hooters
restaurant chain -- midriff-revealing T-shirts and orange hot pants
-- on their trip to Chicago. Yost and the coaches had promised to do
that if the team won 10 consecutive games.