Milwaukee brews up another comeback

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MILWAUKEE – Geoff Jenkins’ two-run double capped a four-run seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past Philadelphia 5-4 on Thursday and completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies.

Jenkins also bailed out the Brewers Wednesday night with a two-out RBI single in the ninth that gave Milwaukee its third straight victory in its final at-bat.

Derrick Turnbow, who was taken out of Wednesday night’s game after giving up three runs in the ninth, pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Another late-inning Brewers comeback ruined a strong effort by Philadelphia rookie starter Cole Hamels, who allowed four runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Braves 9, Marlins 1

ATLANTA – No need for a comeback in this one. Jeff Francoeur hit two more homers and Jorge Sosa finally earned a win, leading the Atlanta Braves past Florida 9-1 to complete a four-game sweep of the Marlins.

Chipper Jones, who hit a walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning the previous night, picked up three more RBIs. His two-run single in the fifth gave the Braves a 5-1 lead, then Francoeur and Matt Diaz put it out reach by homering on consecutive pitches.

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Cardinals 6, Mets 3

ST. LOUIS – Scott Spiezio started in place of Albert Pujols and had two RBIs, and Jason Marquis pitched into the eighth inning for his second consecutive strong outing to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the New York Mets 6-3.

David Eckstein also drove in two runs and Scott Rolen added a run-scoring single for the Cardinals, who took two of three from the NL East leaders and are 17-5 against them the last four seasons.

Nationals 5, Cubs 3

CHICAGO – The Washington Nationals gave Kerry Wood a rude welcome on his return to the mound for the Chicago Cubs.

Ryan Zimmerman, Damian Jackson and Alfonso Soriano homered off Wood (0-1), helping Ramon Ortiz get his first win since last September and sending the Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.

Making his first start since last July 20 and first appearance since a relief outing Aug. 29 before season-ending shoulder surgery, Wood lasted five innings in his latest comeback on a chilly 53-degree day at Wrigley Field.

Reds 9, Pirates 8

PITTSBURGH – Ken Griffey Jr.’s soft line drive single drove in two runs during a four-run Cincinnati seventh inning and the Reds ended a five-game losing streak, rallying from a six-run deficit in the first to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8.

Jason LaRue and Austin Kearns homered as the Reds withstood Jason Bay’s grand slam in a six-run first against Dave Williams to deny the Pirates their first three-game sweep of any opponent since July 2004.

American League

Rangers 6, Yankees 2

NEW YORK – Vicente Padilla pitched into the seventh inning and Brad Wilkerson hit a two-run homer to lift the Texas Rangers over the New York Yankees 6-2.

Kevin Mench also had two hits for the Rangers, who salvaged a split of their four-game series against New York. Padilla (4-3) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Yankees starter Jaret Wright (2-2) was strong in the first six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh when the Rangers broke through for four runs.

Tigers 5, Twins 3

DETROIT – Brandon Inge and Placido Polanco homered and the Detroit Tigers won their seventh straight game, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3 for their longest winning streak since 1993.

Detroit swept the three-game series against the Twins and have beaten them seven games in a row at home, dating to last season, for its longest winning streak against the AL Central opponent since 1981-82. Kenny Rogers (7-2) allowed two unearned runs, five hits and two walks while striking our four in 5 2-3 innings .

Indians 6, Royals 5

CLEVELAND – Casey Blake drove in two runs and extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Ronnie Belliard also had two RBIs as the Indians won their third in a row after a six-game losing streak and handed Kansas City its sixth straight loss. The Royals have lost seven straight on the road and are 2-20 away from home.

Athletics 6, Mariners 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Frank Thomas and Bobby Crosby hit two-run singles and the Oakland Athletics prepared for Barry Bonds’ arrival by finishing a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 victory.

Kirk Saarloos allowed eight hits but just one earned run while pitching into the seventh inning for the A’s, who won their fourth straight overall.

Crosby’s bases-loaded single highlighted the A’s three-run first inning against Joel Pineiro (4-4), who got his second straight loss after opening May with two impressive victories.

Devil Rays 5, White Sox 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Damon Hollins and Russell Branyan homered to back the solid pitching of Mark Hendrickson, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Hollins’ two-run homer off Javier Vazquez (4-3) wiped out a 3-2 deficit in the seventh inning and Carl Crawford’s RBI triple off the White Sox right-hander made it 5-3 heading into the eighth. Tyler Walker, the third Tampa Bay reliever of the inning, got pinch-hitter Scott Podsednick to foul out to end the threat. The Devil Rays closer pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

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