Jenkins hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth inning
and the Brewers rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the
Minnesota Twins 7-6 Saturday night.
"You're not used to seeing that too much. Neither am I,"
Jenkins said. "This is a different club. The psyche of it is a lot
different. We really do expect to win every game. I haven't been on
a team like that before."
The Brewers were down 5-0 before going ahead with a six-run
seventh. Milwaukee got just one runner past second base in the
first six innings.
Luis Rivas homered in the eighth to get Minnesota even again but
Jenkins sent the first pitch he saw from Terry Mulholland deep into
the right-field stands. Jenkins, who has homered in five of nine
games, was batting .196 against left-handers this season.
The towering home run sent the crowd of 36,882 -- one that
included a large number of Twins fans -- into a frenzy.
"It was just a bad curveball. Good curveball for him, bad for
me," said Mulholland (0-3). "It wasn't anywhere near where it
needed to be. It was a bad pitch at a bad time of the game."
Luis Vizcaino (2-2) got the victory despite allowing Rivas' home
run. Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
The Brewers moved five games above .500 for the first time this
season. It was also Milwaukee's 14th come-from-behind victory.
"You have got to tip your hat to their guys. They didn't hang
their heads after they were down five," Twins starter Brad Radke
said. "I didn't do my job, that's for sure."
Jenkins singled to lead off the seventh, and Lyle Overbay
doubled. Jenkins scored on a groundout, and Overbay scored on a
fielding error by Corey Koskie. Gary Bennett then doubled off the
left-field wall, and Bill Hall, who reached on Koskie's error,
scored on a sacrifice fly. Bennett scored on a two-out single by
pinch-hitter Keith Ginter.
"Every time we need a big home run he just jumps up there and
gets it," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I don't expect him to
hit home runs. I don't really want him to hit home runs, unless
it's like tonight."
The Twins had five straight hits to chase starter Wes
Obermueller gave up nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out
Lew Ford to lead off the fifth, but gave up a single to Koskie and
a double to Torii Hunter before Jones homered over the right-field
fence. Mauer followed with an opposite-field shot to left for his
third homer in 44 career at-bats.
Radke made his 300th career start and had his worst outing in a
month. He gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings after
allowing just 15 earned runs in his last nine games.
"Radke was really shutting us down for the first six innings,"
Yost said. "We just couldn't get anything going. All of a sudden
the seventh inning, bam, here we come."
Overbay had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
He had an 18-game run earlier this season and is batting .348 for
Koskie's two-out double in the first inning gave Minnesota a 1-0
Milwaukee has won the first two games in four straight series.
It has lost the finale in its previous three.
Ford singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to
12 games. ... Obermueller, who entered with a .313 average, doubled
in the third inning. ... The Twins have hit back-to-back homers
three times this season. It was also the third time Milwaukee
allowed consecutive home runs.