Jenkins allowed just three hits and could have pitched longer if not for his spot in the order coming up with men on base in a tight ballgame.
The first two innings followed the same pattern for Jenkins. Each frame, he gave up a one-out hit and a walk before forcing a double play. His first nine outs came via groundball.
He made one big mistake. Ryan Braun led off the fourth inning with a blast to left-center field, as an offspeed pitch tailed back over the middle of the plate and the knees, and Braun punished it to give the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead.
The Braves did nothing against Wily Peralta all night until the seventh inning. Peralta came into the game with a 6.68 ERA and was making his first start since June 11 after spending some time in Triple-A.
There was a slim chance to do something in the second inning, after Anthony Recker walked. On Jenkins' sacrifice bunt attempt, Peralta threw the ball to second. The ball was dropped at the bag because Recker plowed into the base without sliding. That lucky turn of events flipped just as quickly, as Recker was picked off by the catcher, also on a play he chose not to slide.
With the heart of the order due up in the seventh, Freddie Freeman began things with a walk. Matt Kemp grounded a ball up the middle to put two on with none out. Nick Markakis followed with a single to drive in Freeman and tie the game at 1-1, to promptly end Peralta's night.
Michael Blazek came on, and Adonis Garcia greeted him with a line drive up the middle that scored Kemp, who apparently does not have much speed anymore. The play at the plate was close, and required a deft slide from Kemp to slide in safely for a 2-1 Braves lead.
Madison Younginer relieved Jenkins and, in his second big league appearance, pitched a scoreless seventh. Ian Krol pitched 2/3 of an inning and Chaz Roe made his Braves debut and recorded an out.
The Braves have now won four in a row and 10 of their last 14 games, and as Joe Simpson said on the telecast, "Winning takes a toll on your closer." Jim Johnson got the night off and rookie flamethrower Mauricio Cabrera earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth, finishing Kirk Nieuwenhuis off with a high 102 mile per hour fastball to end the game.
Erick Aybar was able to extend his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-hit night. However, Ender Inciarte's 0-for-3 night saw his streak come to an end at 19 consecutive games with a hit.
The two teams are back in action on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. ET.