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Pitcher Kieschnick pinch hits, homers

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brewers manager Ned Yost found out how valuable
Brooks Kieschnick is.

Kieschnick led off the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer and
Geoff Jenkins added a three-run home run as the Milwaukee Brewers
defeated the Chicago Cubs 12-6 Wednesday.

Keith Ginter hit the Brewers first pinch-hit home run of the
season in the seventh inning.

Kieschnick, used both as a reliever and a pinch-hitter by the
Brewers, homered off Cubs reliever Todd Wellemeyer (1-1), who gave
up six runs -- five earned -- in the 10th. It was Kieschnick's third
home run of the season.

"He's been swinging the bat great and he has been pitching
good, too. He's been a good addition for our ball club," Yost
said.

Kieschnick played outfield for the Cubs in 1996-97.

Two of Kieschnick's three home runs have come against the Cubs.

"It is nice, but you want home runs against anybody,"
Kieschnick said. "As long as we go out there and get a win it
doesn't matter who we are playing."

The Cubs were without reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who was battling
a stomach flu.

"No matter what happened today it just didn't seem to work,"
Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We certainly missed Farnsworth
today, big time."

Eric Young followed with a single, Scott Podsednik walked and
Jenkins homered. After two outs, John Vander Wal walked and Eddie
Perez tripled. Perez scored from first on Mark Grudzielanek's
throwing error, giving the Brewers a 12-6 lead.

"I felt fine, I just left some pitches up and I got hit, that's
all there is to it," Wellemeyer said.

Luis Vizcaino (2-3) faced one batter, striking out Sammy Sosa
with a runner on second to end the ninth.

Brewers reliever Dan Kolb walked Corey Patterson to lead off the
eighth. He got Sosa to strike out, but walked Moises Alou and Eric
Karros back-to-back. Valerio De Los Santos entered and gave up a
sacrifice fly to Lenny Harris, tying the game at 6-all.

Young beat out an infield hit in the eighth and stole second. He
moved to third on a wild pitch by Mark Guthtrie, which set up an
RBI single by Jenkins, to give the Brewers a 6-5 lead.

Cubs starter Shawn Estes, rebounded from his worst outing of the
season Friday. He lasted just one inning in a 12-3 loss to the
Chicago White Sox.

Estes pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run on five
hits. He struck out six and walked four. But the Cubs bullpen gave
the 5-1 lead back.

The Brewers batted around in the seventh inning, scoring four
runs.

Ginter led off with a home run off Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger.

"That was a huge spark for us, coming off the bench, not only
getting us a hit, but a home run and getting us a run right there.
That really got us going," Kieschnick said.

One out later, Scott Podsednik singled and reached third on
Jenkins' double, chasing Remlinger.

Antonio Alfonseca relieved and hit Richie Sexson with a pitch to
load the bases. Wes Helms followed with a two-run single, driving
in Podsednik and Jenkins, cutting the Cubs lead to 5-4. John Vander
Wal then had a pinch-hit single, loading the bases again.

The Cubs had a chance to get out of the seventh with a
double-play ball. Keith Osik hit a grounder to first baseman
Karros. Karros threw to second to get the force, but Alfonseca
wasn't able to cover first in time, allowing the Sexson to score
the tying run.

Brewers starter Ben Sheets gave up four consecutive singles to
Patterson, Sosa, Moises Alou and Karros in the fourth. Patterson
scored on Alou's single and Sosa scored on Karros' base hit. Alou
scored on Osik's passed ball, to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Sheets walked Sosa to lead off the sixth and Alou followed by
hitting the next pitch onto Waveland Avenue, giving the Cubs a 5-1
lead.

Sheets entered the game with a 6-0 record against the Cubs, and
a 2.45 ERA in seven career outings. He pitched six innings,
allowing five runs -- four earned. He struck out eight and walked
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^Notes: Damian Miller missed the game with a bruised right foot. He
is day to day. ... Gametime temperature was 90 degrees. ...
Kieschnick is hitting .367 (11-for-30) this season.

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