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De Los Santos hit, but seals win vs. Reds

7/7/2002

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers can't wait for the
second half of the season, eager to see if they can keep playing
good baseball.

The Brewers will enter the All-Star break after a winning road
trip that culminated in a 7-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati
Reds.

"Our team has been so focused this road trip,'' manager Jerry
Royster said. "My job is to try to figure out how to do that
again.''

Eric Young had three hits, and Paul Bako and Jeffrey Hammonds
homered as the team with the second-most losses in the major
leagues tried to put its woeful start to rest.

"We just want to try to play well in the second half and try to
salvage the season,'' said first baseman Richie Sexson, a member of
the NL All-Star team.

The Brewers were 7-6 in 13 games on the road, their longest trip
of the season.

"This road trip could be pretty special for us,'' Royster said.
"It shows our guys they can play with anybody.''

Milwaukee starter Ruben Quevedo pitched well until the fifth,
then left one out short of qualifying for the win. Valerio De Los
Santos (2-2) got the final out of the inning when Sean Casey flied
to left field with the bases loaded.

Quevedo walked four and struck out three in 4 2-3 innings.

De Los Santos got a painful assist on a double play in the next
inning. A line drive by Todd Walker caromed off De Los Santos' left
forearm to second baseman Young, who threw to first to double off
Russell Branyan.

De Los Santos allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings.

"You have to take it sometimes,'' De Los Santos said, shrugging
off the welt on his arm. "Whatever it takes, we have to try to do
it.''

Milwaukee scored twice in the fifth on an RBI single by Matt
Stairs and a run-scoring groundout by Lenny Harris to take a 5-3
lead. Bako hit his fourth homer in the eighth, and Hammonds added
his seventh shot leading off the ninth.

Aaron Boone gave Cincinnati a 1-0 advantage in the first when he
singled, stole second and third and scored on Quevedo's wild pitch.
Boone hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth to make it 7-4.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the second on RBI singles by Mark
Loretta and Alex Sanchez.

Cincinnati went back in front 3-2 in the bottom half of the
inning on a two-run homer by Walker, his fifth. Milwaukee tied it
in the third on Young's leadoff triple and Stairs' groundout.

Reds starter Joey Hamilton (3-6) allowed 10 hits in five
innings, walked one and struck out two.

"You always want to end the first half on a good note.
Unfortunately, I didn't do that,'' Hamilton said. "I got a lot of
ground balls that went through, and they had a couple of hard-hit
balls. Hopefully, I can start the second half the way I started the
first half.''

Game notes
OF Austin Kearns was a late scratch from the Reds starting
lineup because of a jammed right index finger. Branyan started in
his place and doubled and scored in his first at-bat. Kearns pinch
hit in the eighth and flied out to end the inning. ... Sexson, who
has played in every game for Milwaukee and started 86 of the 88,
didn't start but entered the game in the seventh inning and went
0-for-2. Sexson, after hitting his 19th homer Saturday night, was
invited to participate in the All-Star game home run derby. ...
Fellow Brewers All-Star Jose Hernandez, who had appeared in 86
games, had the day off.