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Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2003 3:46 AM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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11 16 1
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MILWAUKEE 11, ARIZONA 7
 

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Randy Johnson 's shaky start to the season was made worse by a team he usually dominates.

Geoff Jenkins had his first career five-hit game as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated Johnson for the first time in almost 11 years and rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks .

Johnson lost for the first time in 15 decisions against the Brewers, who had not beaten the five-time Cy Young Award winner since August 5, 1992. He has lost his first two decisions for the first time since 1989 after his worst performance in nine years.

The Brewers shelled Johnson (0-2) for 10 earned runs, matching his career high set on April 10, 1994, when he was with the Seattle Mariners . He surrendered 10 hits and two walks while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

"I felt like I had normal stuff coming out of the bullpen. Obviously, I wasn't fooling anybody," Johnson said. "It was evident by the runs and the hits I gave up. I don't expect to give up any runs, let alone 10, so you can only imagine how I feel after walking off the mound giving up 10 runs."

"(Johnson) couldn't pinpoint anything," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Velocity was good, location was good for the most part, but when he threw a pitch over the plate, they hit it. I'm not sure what was going out there tonight."

Johnson uncharacteristically struggled against lefthanded hitters. He had allowed just one hit to a lefty in his first two starts, but Jenkins and Alex Sanchez combined to go 5-for-6 with three RBI against the hard-throwing southpaw.

"Randy is an awesome pitcher and he has done so well against us. We made some good adjustments tonight and capitalized on some pitches to hit," Jenkins said. "He wasn't himself, leaving some pitches over the zone, and we tried to be aggressive. We swung at better pitches to hit and hit them when they were in the zone."

Jenkins had three hits against Johnson and started the rout with an RBI single in the first inning. He had a single in the third inning and added a two-run double in the fifth.

Jenkins is 7-for-13 with eight RBI and three runs scored in three games since returning from a dislocated ankle suffered last season.

"It is a big boost for us getting Jenkins back," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It is big having him in our lineup."

Sanchez opened the game with a double and, after Richie Sexson got hit by a pitch with one out, scored on Jenkins' single three batters later.

Johnson walked Jeffrey Hammonds to load the bases with two outs and Eduardo Perez followed with a double to plate Sexson and Jenkins for a 3-0 lead. Hammonds and Perez scored on Royce Clayton 's single for a five-run cushion.

"We wanted to try and stay aggressive against Randy, so we wanted to go out and try to score some runs against him early," Yost said. "Getting five in the first was a big boost for us."

Arizona scored twice off Milwaukee starter Wayne Franklin in the fourth inning, but the Brewers tagged Johnson again in the fifth.

Again the sparkplug was Sanchez, who hit a leadoff single and stole second. Eric Young drew a walk, and Sexson singled to plate Sanchez for a 6-2 lead.

Jenkins followed with a two-run double and scored on a single by Perez to make it 9-2 and chase Johnson.

Omar Villareal entered and loaded the bases before walking Sanchez to force home Perez - a run that was credited to Johnson.

Franklin (1-1) surrendered five runs - four earned - and seven hits in six-plus innings. He left after loading the bases with none out in the seventh.

Carlos Baerga hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Shane Nance and Tony Womack delivered a two-run triple before scoring on Steve Finley 's groundout to bring Arizona within 11-6.

"Falling behind like that makes it a real struggle to get back in the ball game, even if you are swing the bats well," Brenly said.

Nance retired the final five batters he faced before giving way to Curt Leskanic, who worked around a solo homer by Chad Moeller in the ninth.


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