Axford's save streak ends at 49

Axford's save streak ends at 49

Axford's save streak ends at 49
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers closer John Axford finally blew a save. But his teammates picked him up.

After converting a club-record 49 in a row, Axford could not close out the 50th on Friday night. A one-out RBI triple by the Cubs' David DeJesus tied the game at 5 and snapped Axford's streak, which had stretched back to April 24, 2011.

Axford gave up three runs, but just one earned, and struck out three over two-thirds of an inning before being replaced by manager Ron Roenicke.

In the bottom of the ninth, a two-run blast by Corey Hart off Cubs closer Rafael Dolis tied the game at 7, taking Axford off the hook for the loss in an eventual 8-7 Milwaukee win in 13 innings.

Axford left immediately following the game, accompanying his wife to the hospital for the birth of their second child.

"The luck I've had in the past didn't show up tonight," Axford said in a note left for the media. "All I can do is begin another streak and keep my head up."

Axford had not blown a save since April 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Brewers came back to win that game, 6-3, over the Phillies. His streak of 49 consecutive saves ranks as the fourth best in Major League history.

Only the Dodgers' Eric Gagne (84), Boston's Tom Gordon (54) and Detroit's Jose Valverde (51) have recorded longer streaks. Valverde's was snapped earlier this season on Opening Day, in a Tigers victory over the Red Sox.

The blown save added to a wild finish in a game that featured just one run through six innings. Over the next three frames, the Cubs and Brewers combined for 13 runs.