Rangers fall to Milwaukee in 12

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Everyone except Geoff Jenkins was getting hits -- until the end.

Jenkins hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 9-6 Sunday night.

Jenkins was hitless in his first five at-bats before connecting against Willie Eyre for his 11th home run of the season.

"It was nice to pitch in," Jenkins said. "We had 22 hits and to that point, I didn't have any of them. Eyre throws hard, 94, 95. You look for a fastball and hope you can square it up."

Eyre had been the Rangers' most dependable reliever, pitching 16 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run. But Jenkins did not let him get away with a slider that was up and over the plate.

"He made a mistake and Jenkins will make you pay," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Jenkins did what good hitters do."

Prince Fielder connected for his NL-leading 23rd home run and Johnny Estrada and Tony Graffanino each had four hits.

Texas sent the game into extra innings on Marlon Byrd's tying single with two outs in the ninth.

With the game 6-all, Ryan Braun led off the Milwaukee 12th by reaching on second baseman Ian Kinsler's fielding error. One out later, Corey Hart singled off the right leg of Eyre (2-3), setting up Jenkins.

Carlos Villaneuva (5-0) pitched two hitless innings and Claudio Vargas got three outs for his first career save.

Craig Counsell, who homered, Fielder and Braun each had three hits as the NL Central leaders ended their seven-game road losing streak.

"Through this little stretch right here, they've all kept their heads up," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "They keep after it every day. Nobody's panicked, nobody's quit or hung their head. We hit a lot of balls hard tonight. A lot of things happened. But we couldn't get over that little hump."

Michael Young had three hits and drove in three runs for Texas. Byrd had four hits, matching a career high.

The Brewers had a chance for the go-ahead run in the 11th. Pinch-runner Tony Gwynn Jr. tried to score from second on a single by Graffanino, but was thrown out by center fielder Kenny Lofton.

Brewers closer Francisco Cordero had a blown save for the second straight night against his former team, giving up Byrd's single. Cordero had converted his first 22 save opportunities until Texas' come-from-behind 4-3 victory Saturday night.

"We fought back in a ninth against a great closer," Young said. "This doesn't help us in the standings but we came back and hopefully we can take something from this."

Texas' Sammy Sosa failed to homer in his 16th straight game as he tries to become the fifth player to reach 600. Sosa was hitless in five at-bats and has gone 12-for-64 (.188) since his last homer -- No. 598 -- on May 22.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first against starter Dave Bush on Young's run-scoring single and Frank Catalanotto's RBI groundout.

Texas made it 3-0 in the third when Milwaukee third baseman Braun threw into the stands on Byrd's grounder for a two-base error, and Young singled.

The Brewers had eight baserunners in the first four innings but Rangers starter Vicente Padilla was able to pitch out of trouble each time.

Milwaukee broke through in the fifth when Braun hit a leadoff single and Fielder followed with his home run.

Padilla, who missed his previous start due to an irritated right triceps, gave up 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Young's third RBI single of the game in the fifth made it 4-2 and chased Bush.

The Brewers loaded the bases in the sixth and reliever C.J. Wilson hit Jenkins with a pitch to force in Milwaukee's third run. Estrada followed with a two-run single to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.

Counsell hit his first homer of the season in the seventh off Frank Francisco to stretch Milwaukee's lead to 6-4.

Byrd's RBI single off Chris Spurling in the seventh pulled Texas within 6-5.


Jenkins has 202 homers for the Brewers, third in the all-time Milwaukee list behind Robin Yount (251) and Gorman Thomas (208). ... Bush's last victory was May 8 vs. Washington. ... Brewers CF Bill Hall made a diving backhand catch on the warning track in the second to deprive Gerald Laird of extra bases. ... RHP Jamey Wright, set to join the Rangers' rotation on Saturday, was the winning pitcher for Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. Wright has been on the DL since April 13 with right shoulder inflammation.

Updated on Monday, Jun 11, 2007 1:54 am EDT