Texas starter Vicente Padilla threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits with five strikeouts. Despite the high hit total, he held Milwaukee to two runs. He gave up a two-run home run to Prince Fielder in the fifth inning and left the game with the Rangers leading, 3-2."He kept runs from crossing the plate," catcher Gerald Laird said. "When he needed to make a pitch, he did." It was Padilla's first start since missing his last one with irritation in his right triceps. "He did a good job changing speeds and keeping them off balance," Washington said. "He was just one pitch away from getting out of the fifth." The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, with Kenny Lofton and Byrd scoring. They kept a one-run lead into the sixth. With two outs in the sixth, the Brewers rallied for three runs to take a 5-4 lead. Reliever C.J. Wilson, who came in for Wes Littleton, hit two batters and gave up two runs. The other run was charged to Littleton. Brewers second baseman Craig Counsell gave his team a 6-4 cushion with a solo home run off Frank Francisco in the seventh. Milwaukee got 22 hits on the night, but the Rangers kept it close with good pitching and timely defense. In the 11th, Lofton kept the Rangers in the game. Tony Gwynn Jr. was on second when Tony Graffanino singled to center. Lofton fielded the ball and gunned down Gwynn at the plate for the second out. Recently acquired catcher Adam Melhuse tagged Gwynn out, and Eyre escaped with no damage. Eyre had tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings before Jenkins' home run. "He's only human," Washington said. "It was just like Cordero last night. He'll regroup and get back on track." The Rangers used seven pitchers on the night. It was the longest game, 4 hours and 20 minutes, of the season for the Rangers, too. Texas won the series and will try to carry that momentum into its upcoming six-game road trip, which begins Tuesday in Pittsburgh. "There's a lot more life in here the past two days," Eyre said. "We're excited to go on the road."
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.