Final in 10

Series: Game 4 of 4

Milwaukee won 4-0

Game 1: Monday, August 25
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 26
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 27
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Game 4: Thursday, August 28
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Brewers 4

(58-75, 31-36 away)

Reds 3

(58-75, 30-38 home)

12:35 PM ET, August 28, 2003

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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W: V. De Los Santos (3-3)

L: C. Reitsma (9-4)

S: D. Kolb (13)

Jenkins breaks thumb on play at plate

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers will be minus streaking Geoff Jenkins as they try to extend their best-ever winning string in the National League.

Jenkins homered for the fourth consecutive game Thursday, but left with what was likely a season-ending thumb injury before Bill Hall hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to send the Brewers to their 10th straight victory, 4-3 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Jenkins broke his left thumb after banging it on Cincinnati catcher Jason LaRue's shinguard while being tagged out at the plate to end the seventh inning.

X-rays revealed the break. Jenkins planned to travel with the team to Chicago, where the Brewers are scheduled to open a three-game series against the Cubs on Friday, before driving to Milwaukee for further examination.

Still to be decided was whether to place the thumb in a splint or surgically insert a pin, Jenkins said.

"It's frustrating to me," said Jenkins, who missed the second half of last season with a dislocated right ankle. "This isn't the first time this has happened. Not only were we putting together a win streak -- and I was having my best time ever in Milwaukee -- but I was putting forth better efforts in hitting and doing things to help the team win.

"I think I'm the type of guy who can get on a roll and carry a team -- like Richie (Sexson) -- and I was on one. I'm very disappointed. I don't think I've ever had more of a high and a low," he said.

Before he was injured, Jenkins was 9-for-16 with seven RBI in the series, leading the Brewers to their first sweep of a four-game series with the Reds.

The Brewers' winning streak is their longest since joining the NL in 1998. The last time they won more than 10 in a row was during their club-record 13-game run in 1987.

Cincinnati has lost five in a row to drop into a tie for fifth with the Brewers.

"They're playing as well as anybody in baseball," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "They've done a nice job getting into the direction they're heading."

Jenkins tied it at 1 with a two-out homer in the third, his 28th. He matched Jeromy Burnitz's club record for consecutive games with at least one home run since Milwaukee moved to the NL in 1998. The overall team mark is five, also set by Burnitz in 1997.

Eddie Perez opened the top of the 10th with a double off Chris Reitsma (9-4). After Royce Clayton grounded out, Hall homered to left for his third of the season and second in the series.

Valerio De Los Santos (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

The Reds cut it to 4-3 in the 10th on Hall's two-out error at second base, but Dan Kolb retired LaRue with the bases loaded for his 13th save in 14 tries. Kolb has converted 13 consecutive opportunities.

Milwaukee starter Wes Obermueller, acquired July 2 from Kansas City, took a lead into the seventh but was denied his first win in nine career major league appearances, including eight starts.

Ryan Freel led off the first inning for the Reds by getting on base and scoring for the fourth consecutive game. He started Thursday with a double and scored on D'Angelo Jimenez's double.

Milwaukee capitalized on third baseman Russell Branyan's error to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Branyan, activated from the disabled list before the game after being sidelined since Aug. 13 with a sprained right ankle, mishandled Keith Ginter's grounder.

John Vander Wal drove in Ginter with the go-ahead run.

The Reds took advantage of a Milwaukee error to tie it in the seventh. Dernell Stenson led off with a single, and Luis Vizcaino relieved Obermueller.

LaRue laid down a sacrifice bunt, but second baseman Ginter took his eye off first baseman Sexson's throw, and the ball sailed into foul territory down the right-field line, allowing Stenson to score and LaRue to move to third.

After Ruben Mateo struck out, Freel flied out to right field, and Vander Wal threw LaRue out at the plate for a double play.

Game notes


Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik singled in the third to extend his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. ... Sexson was 0-for-12 in the series before he singled in the third inning. ... The Reds optioned C Corky Miller to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the roster for Branyan. ... Ginter left in the middle of the eighth with leg cramps ... Milwaukee manager Ned Yost and the Brewers coaches wore outfits made famous by waitresses at the Hooters restaurant chain -- midriff-revealing T-shirts and orange hot pants -- on their trip to Chicago. Yost and the coaches had promised to do that if the team won 10 consecutive games.

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