Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
He did his part, contributing three hits, including a homer and two RBIs, and Luis Vizcaino worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the ninth to help the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Wednesday.
“It seems like we’ve been finding different ways to lose ballgames, whether the pitching didn’t show up one day and the hitting was, or the hitting didn’t show up and the pitching was,” Jenkins said. “So we’ve just got to put it together and win ballgames.”
The Brewers snapped a three-game skid and handed Arizona its 110th defeat, one shy of tying four other teams for the eighth-most losses in major league history.
Jenkins singled, homered and tripled in his first three at-bats. He missed hitting for the cycle in the eighth inning when he flied out to left field.
Fossum strained his left wrist diving for a grounder in the third and came out of the game after the fourth.
“He tried to pitch, but it was getting stiff, and that’s why we pulled him out,” Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said.
“He’s just fighting through some stuff,” manager Ned Yost said about Kolb, who blew a save in Arizona’s 9-8 win the night before. “It’s the end of the year, he’s pitched a lot of innings and he’s just fighting his command a little bit right now.”
Scott Podsednik stole two bases, giving him a major league-leading 69. He stole second and scored on Jenkins’ single in the first.
Fossum retired seven straight batters before Jenkins led off the fourth with his 27th home run. Ginter then homered into the Arizona bullpen for a 3-0 lead.
The left-hander thought his injury the previous inning contributed to his problems.
“When I got back out there, it tightened up a little bit and I couldn’t really finish my curveball or get through some pitches,” Fossum said. “But I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I just had X-rays; they’re fine.”
Ginter made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth off Lance Cormier.
In the fifth, Glover allowed two hits and hit Hairston with a pitch, loading the bases with two outs, but escaped when Chad Tracy grounded back to the mound.
He felt he pitched his best game of the season after adding a new cutter during the week with pitching coach Mike Maddux.
“We started messing around with it and I found a grip,” Glover said. “The idea was it would look like a fastball, and hopefully it did. I got some swings on it like it was.”
Brewers C Gary Bennett (right shoulder) and home plate umpire Mark Carlson (right wrist) were hit by the barrel of DeVore’s bat when it broke in the sixth inning, but both stayed in the game after being examined. … Jenkins has 21 RBIs in the last 26 games. … LHP Jeff Fassero, signed before the game after being released by Colorado last week, was the first Diamondbacks reliever, working a perfect fifth.