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Obermueller gets first major league win

9/21/2003

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wes Obermueller got his first major league win,
a year and a day after his big league debut.

Richie Sexson, Keith Ginter and Bill Hall homered Sunday to back
Obermueller as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks
6-4 Sunday.

The 26-year-old right-hander, making his 13th major league
start, had lost his first seven major league decisions. He made his
big league debut on Sept. 20 last year for Kansas City against
Cleveland.

"I'm still shaking a little bit," he said. "It feels good to
get over this hump a little bit. I just had some bad breaks in a
couple of them."

Obermueller (1-5) had pitched well enough to win more than once.

"There were a couple of times when he got into a little bit of
trouble today, but he pitched out of it for the most part,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Obermueller allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings
with three walks and one strikeout. Three relievers finished, with
Dan Kolb getting four outs for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Arizona, trailing 5-2, loaded the bases with one out in the
fourth, but Obermueller caught Craig Counsell's hard-hit liner up
the middle, then threw to first to double up Steve Finley.

"The line drive that I didn't even see just went in my glove,"
Obermueller said.

Arizona remained 4{ games back in the NL wild-card race. Manager
Bob Brenly thought Obermueller's catch was key.

"That could have swung the game in a different direction," he
said. "I'm still not quite sure how the guy caught it with the
shadows and the sun and everything."

Curt Schilling (8-9) gave up six runs and eight hits in five
innings, including three homers. He entered with the best road ERA
in the major leagues at 1.62.

"I can't put my finger on anything other than I just made a lot
of bad pitches today," he said. "I just made bad pitch after bad
pitch today."

Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the first on back-to-back homers by
Sexson, his 42nd, and Ginter, his 14th.

Counsell hit an RBI triple and scored on Raul Mondesi's single
as Arizona closed within a run in the third, but Milwaukee made it
5-2 in the bottom half on Hall's RBI double and Sexson's
run-scoring single. Hall homered in the fifth.

Shea Hillenbrand hit a solo homer in the sixth, and Felix Jose
hit a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Milwaukee is 66-90, 10 more victories than the Brewers had last
season, when they lost a team-record 106 games.

"Our bottom line was to finish 10 games better," Yost said.

Game notes
Milwaukee hit consecutive homers for the seventh time this
year. ... The Brewers are 8-15 since their season-high 10-game
winning streak. ... Schilling pitched in his 450th career game. ...
Scott Podsednik singled in the third and tied the Brewers hits
record for rookies, set by Pat Listach with 168 in 1992.