Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
Cincinnati 5Final
in 12
Milwaukee 3
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
Cincinnati 6Final
Milwaukee 9
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
Cincinnati 5Final
Milwaukee 4

Reds 6

(68-73, 34-36 away)

Brewers 9

(51-91, 29-42 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 7, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    CIN 030010020 6 - -
    MIL 23121000 - 9 - -

    W: G. Rusch (9-13)

    L: S. Estes (5-12)

    S: M. DeJean (24)

    Sexson pounds out three doubles, five RBI

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers didn't take long to get to Shawn Estes this time.

    Richie Sexson
    First Base
    Milwaukee Brewers
    138 28 99 77 0 .286

    Richie Sexson doubled three times and drove in five runs as Milwaukee knocked Estes out in the second inning and beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 on Saturday night.

    The Brewers got to Estes (5-12) for five runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. Estes pitched a one-hit shutout against Milwaukee on April 26, when he was with the New York Mets.

    ''I can't remember a time when I haven't got out of the second,'' Estes said. ''It's unfamiliar territory.

    ''It's a little frustrating considering the last time I faced them I almost threw a no-hitter.''

    Sexson had a two-run double in the first and Jeffrey Hammonds had a two-run single in the second as the Brewers built a 5-3 lead.

    Milwaukee scored in each of the first five innings to support Glendon Rusch (9-13), who won his third consecutive decision. Rusch threw 127 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs. He walked five batters but struck out seven to match his season high.

    ''One thing we know for sure, he's going to throw a lot of pitches,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said. ''To be honest, he never seems to get into a groove until about 100 (pitches).''

    Rusch, who had two singles and scored two runs, lost the 1-0 decision to Estes earlier this year.

    ''I think if Shawn and I would have pitched that many innings tonight, (the game) might have taken five hours,'' Rusch said.

    Mike DeJean pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.

    Sexson's second double followed Hammond's run-scoring single in the second, and he drove in Hammonds again in the fourth after Hammonds tripled. Sexson drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.

    Cincinnati took a brief 3-2 lead in the second. Jose Guillen singled with one out and Reggie Taylor walked. Jason LaRue followed with his 10th home run of the season, a 411-foot drive to left-center.

    Hammonds and Eric Young each reached base four times for Milwaukee. Young singled three times, walked, stole three bases and scored twice. Hammonds singled, tripled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored three times.

    Juan Castro hit his first homer since Sept. 10, 2001, in the eighth for Cincinnati, making the score 9-6.

    Game notes

    Sexson's three doubles matched a club record, done several times. ... Cincinnati's Adam Dunn set a club record with his 146th strikeout, taking a called third strike in the first inning. ... Of Rusch's seven strikeouts, five came on called third strikes. ... Milwaukee had been 0-7 at home against the Reds this year.

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