Sexson hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning
Sunday, giving the Milwaukee Brewers their first six-game winning
streak in more than five years with a 10-9 victory over Pittsburgh.
Sexson hit his 35th homer earlier in the game, and came to the
plate with Scott Podsednik on second and first base open, and Eddie
Perez, in a 1-for-18 slump, on deck.
Instead of intentionally walking Sexson, Pittsburgh had Brian
Boehringer pitch to him, and Sexson sliced a 1-0 pitch down the
left-field line for his 96th RBI.
"I was thinking to myself, 'Richie get a pitch to hit because
they are probably going to pitch around you and probably going to
take on Eddie," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said the Pirates were going to
let Boehringer throw two pitches to Sexson before walking him.
Sexson was 2-for-10 against Boehringer going into the at-bat.
"Boehringer's pretty much had this guy's number," McClendon
said. "We're going to give him two pitches and get him to pop out.
We just missed out on it."
It was the Brewers' second straight win in their last at-bat.
Royce Clayton, who hit a tying sacrifice fly in the eighth, had an
RBI single with two outs in the ninth Saturday to give Milwaukee a
7-6 win over the Pirates.
"Anytime you can win in the bottom of the ninth, that's huge,"
Milwaukee swept a three-game series' from Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh for its first six-game winning streak since June 22-27,
1998, when Phil Garner was manager.
Pittsburgh has lost four straight and nine of 13.
"They're all tough to swallow," said Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson,
who had four hits.
Dan Kolb (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win.
Scott Podsednik, who scored four runs, worked a walk off Mike
Gonzalez (0-1) to open the ninth and moved to second on Bill Hall's
Geoff Jenkins struck out for the second out and Boehringer
relieved. Sexson followed with the winning hit.
Milwaukee scored five runs in the fifth to open an 8-4 lead
before 36,238 fans, the third largest crowd at Miller Park this
year. Pittsburgh, though, scored four runs in the eighth to take a
9-8 lead on Tike Redman's three-run homer, his third of the season.
The Brewers tied it in the bottom half on Clayton's sacrifice
fly, scoring John Vander Wal without a play at the plate.
Redman had four hits for Pittsburgh, while Sexson and Hall
homered for the Brewers, and Podsednik had a single, two doubles,
and stole third twice.
Milwaukee's bullpen blew a late lead for the second consecutive
game. Leading 8-5, reliever Valerio De Los Santos walked
pinch-hitter Jeff Reboulet to open the eighth inning. Wilson then
hit a hard grounder to the mound, but De Los Santos threw it into
center field for an error attempting to get Reboulet at second,
putting runners at first and third.
Leo Estrella, who gave up three runs in the ninth Saturday
night, relieved and pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders singled home
Reboulet to make it 8-6. Redman followed with his third home run to
give the Pirates a 9-8 lead.
The Brewers scored five runs in the fifth for an 8-4 lead on a
two-run double by Podsednik, an RBI single by Hall and a two-run
homer by Sexson.<
^@Notes: The racing Italian sausage mini-bobblehead was given away
to children, and the movie "Field of Dreams" was shown on the
scoreboard after the game. ... Wilson had three singles and a
double, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games. The
four hits equaled a career high. ... The Brewers are 54-75, only
two victories away from last year's total. Milwaukee did not win
its 54th game last year until Sept. 19. ... The Brewers had not
swept back-to-back series of three games or more since July 1997 at
Detroit and vs. Toronto when the team was in the AL. ... Milwaukee
won the season series with Pittsburgh, 10-7.