"It wasn't very tough (to remove Prior) because Mark had 125 pitches," Cubs manager
said. "We all thought - and I asked him, too - that it was the end of the rope.
has been great all year - he has only one or maybe two blown saves all year - and you have to go with what got you here, so it wasn't tough."
"I was tired, I was gassed," said Prior, whose strikeout total was a career high. "It was a day where I pushed myself because I knew what I had."
Jenkins sent Borowski's 2-1 offering over the wall in right to give the Brewers the lead for the first time. It was Jenkins' 19th homer of the season.
"Luckily, we ran Prior's pitch count up enough to get a shot at someone else because he was dealing it today," Jenkins said.
"Jenks has been unbelievable for the last month, and he and Sexy (
) have been carrying the team," Ginter said. "But of late Jenks has been unbelievable and hopefully he will keep riding it out."
Over the last two games, the Cubs' bullpen has surrendered 13 runs and 13 hits in five innings, posting an ERA of 23.40.
"Mark came up to me and told me not to worry about it," Borowski said. "I told him how bad I felt. Mark said, 'I know that you wanted to get them out.'"
"You just pat him on the back and say, 'Hey, it happens,'" Prior said of Borowski. "He wasn't trying to do it on purpose. He was sorry, he came up to me, but it happens. Both teams played well - too bad we didn't come out on top."
(2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning to pick up the win.
got the final three outs for his 16th save.
smacked his 10th homer of the season in the fifth inning, a two-run shot against Brewers starter
that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. It was Sosa's third homer in three games.
Milwaukee pulled within 3-2 in the sixth, when Podsednik rapped a two-out single against Prior and Ginter followed with a homer to left, his second of the season and second in as many days.
"He just fell behind me early and I was looking for a fastball up," Ginter said. "He had been keeping it down, and he left one up just a bit, and I was able to put a swing on it."
Franklin allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"Just winning the game is all that matters, and all you can do against guys like
is try to stay close to you have a chance to win," Brewers manager
said. "And we did that - Franklin gave us a chance."
Prior posted his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 10th of his career. His previous career high was 13 on August 4 of last season against Colorado.
"I didn't know how many I struck out," Prior said. "I don't think about that - I only go for strikeouts when I don't want a guy to get a sac fly or something."
"We had chances to win, we just didn't get the big hit to put the game away," Baker added. "But you hate to see that kind of pitching performance wasted."