Final in 12

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 25
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 26
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Game 3: Thursday, May 27
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Dodgers 1

(24-20, 13-10 away)

Brewers 2

(23-21, 12-10 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 26, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: M. Kinney (2-3)

    L: D. Sanchez (1-1)

    Beltre overthrows first on sac bunt

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With both offenses bogged down and both pitching staffs working their way out of jam after jam, Geoff Jenkins figured this one would have an unconventional ending.

    "It was just one of those games where you knew something funny was going to win it," he said.

    Sure enough, Milwaukee beat Los Angeles 2-1 in 12 innings when third baseman Adrian Beltre's throwing error on Keith Ginter's sacrifice bunt allowed Jenkins to score from second base.

    Ginter, who fouled out to Beltre with Jenkins on third in the 10th, laid down a perfect bunt with runners at first and second and nobody out. Beltre fielded it near the line and his off-balance throw plucked Ginter in the buttocks and scooted away.

    "I was upset because we should have been here a while ago," Ginter said.

    Jenkins, who made a diving catch in the top of the 12th, excitedly jumped, hopped, skipped and trotted home with the run that ended a 3{-hour game on a nippy night that had many frozen fans recalling games at dank, old County Stadium.

    Not Jenkins.

    "No, because we used to lose those games," he said.

    Steve Ethier, vice president of stadium operations, said the club considered closing the roof in the seventh inning but decided not to because it takes several hours for Miller Park to heat up anyway.

    The weird ending made a winner of Matt Kinney (2-3), who pitched a perfect 12th. Duaner Sanchez (1-1) took the loss.

    The Brewers, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Dodgers at Miller Park, wasted chances to win it in the 10th and the 11th.

    They stranded the bases full in the 10th after putting a runner at third base with nobody out against Guillermo Mota, and in the 11th, they wasted Scott Podsednik's leadoff double when Bill Hall bunted too hard and right at Sanchez, who easily threw Podsednik out at third. Hall then was thrown out trying to swipe second.

    Los Angeles had been 4-0 in extra innings and the Brewers 2-5.

    Both starters were sharp, allowing one run on five hits. The Dodgers' Odalis Perez walked one and struck out five in seven innings. Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano, making his first start since straining his left thigh at Houston on April 19, left three pitches into the fifth inning with a muscle cramp in his throwing arm.

    "The leg feels great, now the arm hurts," Capuano said.

    After Capuano's exit, six Brewers relievers combined to limit the Dodgers to three hits over the next eight innings, retiring the last 14 batters they faced.

    "When you play 12 innings and you have just one (run), it's very difficult to win," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "And you don't have a base runner from the eighth inning on, it's just going to be extremely difficult to win."

    Capuano's only real mistake was an 0-1 pitch that Juan Encarnacion deposited over the center-field wall for his sixth homer and a 1-0 Dodgers lead in the second inning.

    Perez allowed just one hit, a single by Jenkins in the second, until pinch-hitter Trent Durrington hit a 2-0 pitch for his first career homer in the sixth, tying it at 1.

    Durrington, who had been 0-for-12 as a pinch-hitter, spent the rest of the game as a second catcher in the bullpen.

    Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was ejected in the first inning when he complained to first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt that Hall beat first baseman Olmedo Saenz's flip to the pitcher covering the bag, and TV replays appeared to show Hall was safe.

    "You know what, our guys play so hard ... and we don't complain. But there's just been a lot of calls that could go either way lately that haven't gone for us at all," said Yost, who watched the rest of the game from the clubhouse couch.

    "And I don't like to complain, I don't like the players to complain. That's an outstanding umpiring crew out there. Sometimes you just have to state your case."<

    Notes:@ The Brewers called a hitters' meeting before the game, and Yost's message was to quit pressing at the plate. With the club vastly improved from last year, he felt his players were caving under added pressure to produce. "It's all a process of becoming a winner, learning how to deal with success," Yost said. ... The Dodgers might place RHP Hideo Nomo (finger) on the 15-day DL when they activate OF Dave Roberts (hamstring). ... Capuano will be re-evaluated Thursday. ... The Brewers are 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series.

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