Jenkins jacks three homers; Franklin fires two-hitterPosted: Wednesday May 21, 2003 3:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday May 21, 2003 7:11 PM
MILWAUKEE (AP) --When Geoff Jenkins walked to the plate in the seventh inning Wednesday, home runs were on his mind.
"You try not to think about it, but you'd be lying if it wasn't in the back of your mind," he said.
Jenkins homered in his first three at-bats off Jake Peavy. Then, with a chance to hit four homers in a game for just the 15th time in major league history, Jenkins grounded out and struck out as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 10-0.
"It wasn't really my swing. It was pitch selection," he said. "It's just one of those days when I saw the ball good."
While Jenkins and Richie Sexson supplied much of the offense, Wayne Franklin pitched a two-hitter in his 14th major league start. Rondell White beat on an infield hit leading off the second, and pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez singled to center leading off the ninth.
Jenkins, 3-for-5 with four RBIs, hit a two-run homer in the first to put Milwaukee ahead, then hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings. He grounded back to reliever Luther Hackman in the seventh, and struck out against Mike Matthews in the eighth.
It was the second three-homer game for Jenkins, who also accomplished the feat against Montreal on April 28, 2001. He has 11 homers this season.
"All in all, it was a good day for us," Jenkins said.
Franklin, a 29-year-old left-hander, struck out five and walked two, helping the Brewers extended a winning streak to three for the first time this season.
White beat a one-hop throw from shortstop Enrique Cruz by about a step in the second. Franklin then retired his next 12 batters.
"They were baffled," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "Really, going into the ninth, it could have been a no-hitter. We hit a few ball hard, but we sure didn't do much offensively. That's for sure."
Franklin had struggled early in the season. He credited his last two good starts to pitching coach Mike Maddux, who has helped him correct problems in his delivery.
"We worked on my hands, keep them back and letting my front side get out there. It's just like hitting, you keep your hands back and you've got all your power back there. It helps your command at the same time," Franklin said. "Something little, and it paid off."
San Diego has lost eight straight for the first time since May 30 to June 6, 2001. The Padres have dropped 16 of their last 18 games.
Sexson, who hit three homers April 25 at Atlanta, was 2-for-5, hitting his 15th homer and driving in three RBIs.
Peavy (4-4) lost his third straight decision since April 25, allowing four runs -- two earned -- five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Jenkins, who had his first multihomer game this season and eighth of his career, hit his first homer after Sexson reached on an error by third baseman Sean Burroughs.
Jenkins' next two homers made it 4-0, and Sexson homered in the seventh off Hackman. Milwaukee added five runs in the eighth, with Eric Young and Sexson hitting two-run single around an RBI single by Cruz.
Notes: Cincinnati's Aaron Boone (May 8 against St. Louis) and Detroit's Carlos Pena (Monday at Cleveland) also have a homered three times in a game this season. ... Milwaukee swept a series at home from the first time in 16 series since last July 26-28 against Colorado. ... Franklin had been 0-4 in day starts. ... The Brewers have been successful in their last 11 steal attempts. ... Milwaukee has a six-game winning streak against the Padres. ... San Diego visits Arizona on Friday for its first game against an NL West rival since April 20.