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Hernandez gets Brewers past Sammy's Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Hernandez spent six seasons with the Chicago
Cubs and he knows what it means when the wind is whipping the flags
and blowing out with great force at Wrigley Field.

Hit a fly ball and you've got a great chance at a home run. But
at the same time, don't overdo it or you'll get your mechanics out
of whack.

"We took advantage of the wind today and scored a lot of
runs," Hernandez said after hitting two homers to pace the
Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-4 win Thursday, ending a nine-game road
losing streak.

The wind Thursday was blowing to right at 28 mph and gusting up
to 39 mph.

"If you hit it well enough, you are going to hit it out of this
park. You can't change your swing. That's just how you mess it
up," Hernandez added.

"You can't start thinking about that stuff."

Richie Sexson and Hernandez hit two-run homers in the sixth off
Jason Bere (1-5) and Hernandez added a two-run shot off Ron Mahay
in the ninth as Milwaukee won for just the third time in 16 games.

"We've been struggling all year to try to win some games. Today
we had a different attitude and we got one," Hernandez said.

"Our wins are so hard to come by," manager Jerry Royster said.
"We had a six-run lead and we had our closer warming up because
our games aren't over until they are over."

Sammy Sosa's major league-leading 15th homer -- the 465th of his
career to tie him with Dave Winfield for 21st place all-time -- and
a two-run double by Fred McGriff gave the Cubs a 3-0 cushion.

But Bere, winless since April 12, couldn't hold it and his own
fielding difficulties helped Milwaukee's comeback.

Ben Sheets (3-3) beat the Cubs for the fourth time in four
career starts against them, giving up six hits and leaving after
six innings with back spasms that surfaced when he hit a grounder
to end the top of the seventh.

"Even last year when I was my best I had some tough first
innings. You have to battle through it and I wish I could get my
groove going a little earlier," said Sheets, who will be
re-evaluated Friday to determine if he can make his next start.

The Brewers scored their first run in the fourth as Geoff
Jenkins doubled, made second on Bere's errant pickoff and scored on
a wild pitch.

Bere hurt himself again in the sixth when he couldn't pick up
Alex Sanchez's hard hopper that was hit back to him. Sanchez,
credited with an infield hit, stole second and scored on Ronnie
Belliard's double.

"I was annoyed I didn't make the play. It was hit right at
me," Bere said. "If I make that play, I think things would have
been different."

Sexson then followed with a two-run homer to left, his ninth of
the season, to put the Brewers up 4-3. After Bere walked Matt
Stairs, Hernandez homered to right.

Paul Bako's single finished Bere and two batters later Sanchez
hit an RBI single off Carlos Zambrano to make it 7-3.

Chicago didn't have a hit in the final seven innings Wednesday
against St. Louis and didn't score between the third and ninth
innings Thursday.

"It happens. What are you going to do?" Sosa said.

Game notes
Sanchez had a career-high four hits and also stole three
bases. ... Cubs SS Alex Gonzalez left the game after the first
inning with a mild strain of his left hamstring and was replaced by
Augie Ojeda. ... Zambrano was forced out of the game in the seventh
with a strained right elbow. Moises Alou also left the game in the
sixth as a precautionary measure because his hamstring was sore.
... Sheets has now given up three homers this season -- to Sosa,
Barry Bonds and Lance Berkman. "I made a good pitch to Sammy and
he put it out there and it just traveled," Sheets said. ...
Stairs, one of six former Cubs now with the Brewers, made a great
running catch to rob Corey Patterson of a hit in the second. He
later left the game with a strained left hamstring. . ... The
Brewers will bring Everett Stull up from Triple-A Indianapolis to
start Friday's game against the Cubs.