Jenkins, Sanchez injured in tough Milwaukee win


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Just when the downtrodden Milwaukee Brewers
finally found a reason to celebrate, they discovered another reason
to mourn.

The Brewers lost two starting outfielders to injuries Monday
night in Milwaukee's 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros in which
Jose Hernandez homered and drove in four runs off Roy Oswalt.

Geoff Jenkins dislocated his right ankle and tore ligaments in
the joint and Alex Sanchez sprained and cut his left hand and
bruised his left knee.

Sanchez expects to miss only a few games, but Jenkins' season
could be over.

Jose Cabrera (3-4) gave up two runs on five hits in a
career-high six innings, and the Brewers (24-45) moved past the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (23-44) out of the major league cellar.

But the Brewers were in no mood to celebrate after losing
Jenkins, one of their clubhouse leaders, and Sanchez, their speedy
rookie. Both players were beginning to emerge from early-season

Jenkins hurt his ankle lunging back to third base in the second
inning. X-rays were negative.

Team physician William Raasch said it was a "significant
dislocation" with "lots of ligament damage" and that Jenkins
would miss at least two months.

"That's gruesome. When a guy's laying on the ground screaming
and it's one of your own and part of your family for 6-8 months,
that stays with you a little bit," said Tyler Houston, who was on
second when Jenkins hurt his ankle.

Astros third baseman Geoff Blum had an even closer view.

"That's the worst thing I've ever heard and seen," he said.

Houston said the Brewers were downcast after Jenkins was taken
to the hospital.

"It was a weird feeling," he said. "Richie (Sexson) and I
talked about it on the field. It's almost like you didn't want to
run the bases. It was a weird feeling after that. Things kind of
slowed down after that and you weren't really as amped up for the

Manager Jerry Royster moved Sanchez to left field -- a position
he hadn't played this season -- and just two innings later, Sanchez
hurt himself when he slammed into the wall along the left-field
foul line.

"Some sad things happened to a couple players tonight," Astros
manager Jimy Williams said. "Jenkins got hurt pretty bad. His
great catch (in the top of the second inning) probably saved a
couple runs. You hate to see something like that."

Sanchez, who was chasing a flyball hit by Lance Berkman, jammed
his hand into the railing as he hit the wall and fell to the dirt
in pain. The ball scooted past him and Berkman raced around the
bases with an inside-the-park home run, his 21st.

Two trainers carried Sanchez off the field through the
left-field gate. Sanchez was replaced by Alex Ochoa.

After replacing Jenkins, Stairs scored on Robert Machado's
single for a 1-0 lead. Berkman's homer tied it an inning later.

Milwaukee went ahead 4-1 in the fifth when Hernandez hit an
opposite-field home run off Oswalt (7-5) with two men on.

After Hildago made it 4-2 in the fifth with a leadoff homer,
Hernandez drove in another run in the sixth with a fielder's choice

Mike DeJean pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Just two hours before the game, the Brewers decided to start
Cabrera instead of Ben Sheets, who threw 99 pitches over four
innings in his last start.

Royster said he's being cautious with Sheets, who was sidelined
from Aug. 6-Sept. 21 last season with rotator cuff tendinitis after
a fantastic first half that earned him an All-Star berth.

Instead of the matchup of two former Olympians in Sheets and
Oswalt, Cabrera stole the show. Oswalt struggled with his control
and paid for a mistake pitch to Hernandez.

But his thoughts were where everyone else's were: with Jenkins.

"It looked bad for Jenkins," Oswalt said. "That's too bad
because he's a good player. You hate to see something like that --
especially up close."

Game notes
RHP Kirk Saarloos will make his major league debut Tuesday
night. To make room for him, the Astros optioned RHP James Mann to
Triple-A New Orleans and moved RHP Doug Brocail from the 15-day DL
to the 60-day DL. ... Houston had his fourth straight three-hit
game. ... Milwaukee signed its first-round draft pick, Prince
Fielder, the 18-year-old son of former major league slugger Cecil
Fielder. Prince was the seventh player taken in the draft last
week. ... C-IF Alan Zinter, 34, who has spent 14 seasons in the
minor leagues, joined the Astros in Milwaukee. The Astros purchased
his contract from Triple A New Orleans, where he was batting .230
with 11 homers and 39 RBIs.